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ACRL Issues New Strategic Thinking Guide for Academic Librarians

The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has issued a new report titled "ACRL 2009 Strategic Thinking Guide for Academic Librarians in the New Economy" ( This project was originally conceived as an environmental scan that would generate discussion at the ACRL 14th National Conference in March 2009. In the wake of dramatic economic developments, government action, and a flood of higher education trends reports, the association's authors felt that a strategic thinking guide would better complement the current literature. The guide considers three important drivers in the current environment and poses questions to stimulate conversations and action in academic libraries and on campuses.

The "ACRL 2009 Strategic Thinking Guide" examines the current economic and financial turmoil affecting all of higher education. The current situation is so critical that Gordon Gee, president of The Ohio State University, speaking at the American Council on Education annual meeting in February 2009, issued a call for "intentional upheaval at our colleges and universities just when fiscal chaos already places us on the edge." Our choice, he said, is between "reinvention or extinction." Gee urged leaders to resist the temptation "to hunker down, hide out, take refuge in the fox hole, and wait for the storm to pass."

The guide was prepared by Kathryn Deiss, ACRL content strategist, and Mary Jane Petrowski, ACRL associate director, with contributions from the ACRL Research Coordinating Committee and the ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee.

Source: ACRL

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