CannonDesign’s Executive Director of Education Brad Lukanic has published his second piece on the future of higher education for Fast Company, “4 Ways Academic Libraries Are Adapting for the Future.” The piece highlights how academic institutions are shifting libraries beyond being places to merely access knowledge to become hubs to truly explore and create – keeping them at the heart of academic collaboration and innovation.

The piece specifically addresses four ways academic libraries can adapt and thrive in the changing world of higher education while introducing specific efforts at University of Guelph, Wilfrid Laurier University and SUNY The College at Old Westbury.

Here are some key excerpts and the full FastCo piece can be read here.

Libraries Need to Respond to Strategic Campus and Business Needs

In today’s educational environment, simply focusing on library space planning is not sufficient. Academic leaders are immersed in ongoing discussions about strategic investments and outcomes that impact institutional priorities, use of resources and the modeling of spaces on campus. This critical, evidence-based decision-making must be aligned with library planning efforts.

Libraries Need to be Technology Rich

Those who predicted the demise of libraries in the face of emerging technology failed to understand how libraries could transform to become beacons for both interactive learning and knowledge creation across both the physical and digital realms.

Libraries Need to Be Ready for Future Changes

Universities will be most successful in leveraging their libraries if they not only solve for current needs but ensure their facilities can respond to future changes in pedagogy and technology.