I find this year’s  look by Educause at IT issues particularly interesting.   They “reflect the increasing interconnections among external forces, institutional strategic priorities, and information technology in higher education.”  “The boundaries between academia and the rest of the world have never been more porous. These external forces are shaping the strategic priorities of higher education institutions.”  Here is the list:

1. Leveraging the wireless and device explosion on campus

2. Improving student outcomes through an approach that leverages technology

3. Developing an institution-wide cloud strategy to help the institution select the right sourcing and solution strategies*

4. Developing a staffing and organizational model to accommodate the changing IT environment and facilitate openness and agility

5. Facilitating a better understanding of information security and finding appropriate balance between infrastructure openness and security

6. Funding information technology strategically*

7. Determining the role of online learning and developing a sustainable strategy for that role

8. Supporting the trends toward IT consumerization and bring your-own device*

9. Transforming the institution’s business with information technology*

10. Using analytics to support critical institutional outcomes*

*these were also in the 2012 list of IT issues

New Strategic Priorities:

  • Contain & reduce costs
  • Achieve demonstrable improvements in student outcomes
  • Keep pace with innovations in elearning, & use elearning as a competitive advantage
  • Meet students’ & faculty members’ expectations of co

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A real challenge for academic libraries (and most other types of libraries and organizations as well).  I like the fact that this article helps to build the sense of urgency — things have to change, and change fast.  I’ve been looking for good examples in the academic field of libraries who are achieving the kinds of things listed in the priorities above.  Not easy.  I wrote about one recently at the University of New South Wales in Sydney Australia.  And the University of Nevada – Reno Science & Engineering Library has been doing some interesting things with white board paint on their walls, creative rearrangement of student and staff spaces, and will be discussing this more at Internet Librarian (C101 on Monday Oct 28th in Monterey CA).  There seem to be many more examples of public libraries who are doing innovative and creative things, but I’m looking for more academic examples.  Please let me know if you have some!

In the meantime, these are all issues that library leaders will be discussing at the Digital Strategy Summit in Monterey CA in a few weeks, and at The Future of Libraries event in Vancouver next month.  Stay tuned for more info!  Hope you can join us.