January 24, 2022

New Research Article: “An Analysis of Academic Libraries’ Participation in 21st Century Library Trends”

The following article appears in the new issue (13.3) of Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (EBLIP) published today.

An Analysis of Academic Libraries: Participation in 21st Century Library Trends


Amy Jo Catalano
Hofstra University

Sarah Glasser
Hofstra University

Lori Caniano
Adelphi University

William Caniano
Hofstra University

Lawrence Paretta


Evidence Based Library And Information Practice (EBLIP)
Vol. 13, No. 3 (2018)
doi: 10.18438/eblip29450


Objective – As academic libraries evolve to meet the changing needs of students in the digital age, the emphasis has shifted from the physical book collection to a suite of services incorporating innovations in teaching, technology, and social media, among others. Based on trends identified by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and other sources, the authors investigated the extent to which academic libraries have adopted 21st century library trends.

Methods – The authors examined the websites of 100 Association of Research Libraries (ARL) member libraries, their branches, and 160 randomly selected academic libraries to determine whether they adopted selected 21st century library trends.

Results – Results indicated that ARL member libraries were significantly more likely to adopt these trends, quite possibly due to their larger size and larger budgets.

Conclusion – This research can assist librarians, library directors, and other stakeholders in making the case for the adoption or avoidance of particular 21st century library trends, especially where considerable outlay of funds is necessary.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.