The IFLA ARL Hot Topics 2020 webinar was recorded on September 8, 2020.
From Gutenberg to Google, libraries have constantly evolved to advance and respond to society’s needs. Yet, their fundamental purpose has remained the same: to provide access to trustworthy, authoritative knowledge. As such, libraries serve as sanctuaries for learning, as windows to the world, as agents for change, and as the intellectual lifeblood of the university.
The current pandemic is creating an opportunity for libraries to both evolve for today and plan for plausible futures to accommodate the needs, expectations and learning styles of their users. How can/do we, academic librarians and our libraries, position ourselves to lead change on our campuses and the broader communities we serve?
Hot Topics 2020 had three presenters address the theme of Libraries as Catalysts: Inspire, Engage, Enable, Connect.
- Gulcin Cribb, Chair, IFLA Academic and Research Libraries Section
- Mary Lee Kennedy, Executive Director, Association of Research Libraries, North America
- Wei (Kate) Yang, Deputy Curator of China University of Petroleum, Beijing (CUPB), Director of CUPB Intellectual Property Information Service Center
Facilitator: Lorraine J Haricombe (University of Texas, Austin)
Hot Topics Planning Committee/Session Organizers: