The necessity of institutions such as libraries, especially to the learning experience, is indisputable. However, just like with the office in the world of work, they must grow and change with our needs. In this article from The Guardian, Cambridge Librarian Georgina Cronin, discusses some of the essential ways in which the library is innovating and keeping up with how we learn.
The National Student Survey and the teaching excellence framework are placing growing emphasis on the learning environment and student experience. But discussions have moved on from thinking about physical spaces. Instead, libraries are putting digital innovation at the top of their lists.
Any revamped digital approach to libraries needs to begin by considering how student expectations vary. While hard copies of core texts will likely have a place on the library shelves for years to come, the way students consume and digest information is changing.