These are exciting times for academic libraries!
As libraries move away from being gatekeepers of information, they have an opportunity to become more directly involved in the teaching and learning process in creative ways. I like to think of a library as a scholarly workshop or knowledge laboratory where students are not only studying and receiving traditional research assistance, but also engaged in a diverse set of activities that promote multimedia and digital literacies. Some of these new methods of learning include digital storytelling, designing and displaying posters and promoting social justice, environmental and cultural awareness.
All of these activities can work together to form a richer library experience, one that provides students with a full range of 21st century skills. Libraries are rapidly evolving into places where students are provided tools, resources and guidance to not only access information, but to produce and display their original ideas. My goal is to align the Mercy Libraries firmly at the forefront of this amazing moment.
Director, Mercy College Libraries