May 29, 2022

ARL, CNI, EDUCAUSE Release Reports on Research Library Engagement with Emerging Technologies in Research and Learning

UPDATE July 6, 2020 ARL, CNI, EDUCAUSE Release “Advancing Digital Scholarship,” Fifth Installment of Emerging Technologies Report

ARL, CNI, EDUCAUSE Release “Stewarding the Scholarly and Cultural Record,” Fourth Installment Of Emerging Technologies Report

UPDATE April 14, 2020 ARL, CNI, EDUCAUSE Release Third Installment of Landscape Report on Research Library Engagement with Emerging Technologies

UPDATE April 2, 2020 ARL, CNI, EDUCAUSE Release Second Installment of Landscape Report on Research Library Engagement with Emerging Technologies

In August 2019 the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), and EDUCAUSE announced a joint initiative to advance research libraries’ impact in a world shaped by emerging technologies. If there was ever a time to broadly share what we know in order for our community to determine the best approaches to advancing research and learning, this is it. Note that this material was prepared prior to February 2020; in some cases our institutions have since lept into the future the reports survey.

Today we are publishing two reports based on our work so far. The first is an executive summary of secondary resources and discussions with research library leaders on their organizations’ adoption of emerging technologies. The second is a summary of interviews held with experts in research and academic technologies from several allied sectors: associations, businesses, academia, and the nonprofit research sector.

In the coming weeks we will publish a series of more detailed reports by Sarah Lippincott on research libraries’ engagement with specific emerging technologies; these are outlined in the executive summary we are issuing today. In early April we will conclude the second of two invitational virtual workshops with experts in learning and research applications of emerging technologies. A report covering the workshop discussions, which are focused on identifying achievable and desirable opportunities for research libraries, will be shared in May.

Direct to Full Text Reports

1) Mapping the Current Landscape of Research Library Engagement with Emerging Technologies in Research and Learning: Executive Summary
24 pages; PDF.
by Sarah Lippincott; Edited by Mary Lee Kennedy, Clifford Lynch, and Scout Calvert. Association of Research Libraries, Born-Digital, Coalition for Networked Information, and EDUCAUSE

2) Emerging Technologies for Research and Learning: Interviews with Experts
by Scout Calvert and Mary Lee Kennedy. Edited by Clifford Lynch and John O’Brien

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( 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, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.