In conjunction with National Library Week in the United States (April 13-19), the American Library Association has released its report on the 2014 State of America’s Libraries, detailing library trends of the past year.
The University Library is spotlighted within this report as having particular impact on students. The excerpt reads:
“The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is carrying its pre-eminence in collections and services into the new endeavors of the profession. Their achievements, Conner says, “are too many to name.” Highlights include a vast reorganization of the traditional decentralized departmental research library into a new organization based on “hubs” of activity; managerial methods for bringing change to a vast, complex organization in an extremely short time that can serve as a model for any library reorganization; radical new advances on the learning commons idea that has evolved into a media commons in the undergraduate library and a scholarly commons serving advanced researchers in the main library.”
To read the full report, visit www.americanlibrariesmagazine.org/issue/state-americas-libraries-2014 .