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from ACRL insider:

Every two years, the ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee releases an environmental scan of higher education, including developments with the potential for continuing impact on academic libraries. The 2017 environmental scan provides a broad review of the current higher education landscape, with special focus on the state of academic and research libraries. The document builds on earlier ACRL reports, including the Top Trends in Academic Libraries. The 2017 environmental scan is freely available on the ACRL website (PDF).

A distinguished panel will review and discuss the 2017 environmental scan at ACRL 2017 in Baltimore on Thursday, March 23. The ACRL Environmental Scan Discussion Forum will take place at from 9:40 – 10:40 a.m. in Room 316 in the Baltimore Convention Center.

Here's the table of contents (provided courtesy of Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, professor/librarian at University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Higher Education Funding
Higher Education Cost
Trends in Tuition and Fee Rates
Other Factors Affecting Price
Enrollment Trends
Changes in Enrollment Figures
Regional Variations in High School Graduation rates
Information Literacy Issues
Transition to Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education
Libraries and Fake News
New Forms of Education: Competency-Based Education
Digital Preservation
National digital stewardship agenda
University libraries’ digital preservation practices
Open Science and Open Data
Open Science
Open Science tools
Open Data
Curating Research Data
Scholarly Communication
Institutional Versus Subject Repositories
Open Peer Review
Open Access and Collection Management Trends
Collection Assessment, Evaluation, and Analytics
Research Evaluation and Metrics
Research Evaluation
Planning and Designing Academic Library Spaces
Libraries and Social Justice
Action-Oriented Research Agenda on Library Contributions to Student Learning and Success

Written by

Rita Baladad
Electronic Resources Librarian