Submit Your Project for the First NMC Horizon Report > Library Edition!

For our first ever Horizon Project for academic and research libraries, the Horizon Project Library Expert Panel has just concluded their voting and the results are in! We now have the official list of six key trends, six significant challenges, and six emerging technologies that will appear in the upcoming NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Library Edition. This project is a collaborative effort between the NMC, University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) Hannover, and ETH-Bibliothek Zurich.

We are interested in learning about any kind of pilot programs or innovative projects happening at your library in any of the 18 areas listed below. Our goal is to help readers understand the potential impact of these topics and their applications on academic and research libraries across the globe.

Here are the 18 areas identified for this inaugural report. For more information, including an overview of each topic, visit the Horizon Project wiki, where all of the preliminary work was done by the expert panel. 

I.  Key Trends Accelerating Ed Tech Adoption in Academic and Research Libraries
Fast Trends: Driving Ed Tech adoption over the next one to two years
* Increasing Focus on Research Data for Publications
* Increasing Prioritization of Mobile Content and Delivery

Mid-Range Trends: Driving Ed Tech adoption within three to five years
* Evolving Nature of the Scholarly Record
* Increasing Accessibility of Research Content

Long-Range Trends: Driving Ed Tech adoption in five or more years
* Continual Progress in Technology, Standards, and Infrastructure
* Rise of New Forms of Multidisciplinary Research


II.  Significant Challenges Impeding Ed Tech Adoption in Academic and Research Libraries
Solvable Challenges: Those that we understand and know how to solve
Embedding Academic and Research Libraries in the Curriculum
* Rethinking the Roles and Skills of Librarians

Difficult Challenges: Those that we understand but for which solutions are elusive 
* Adapting to the Fact that Discovery Happens Elsewhere
* Capturing and Archiving the Digital Outputs of Research as Collection Material

Wicked Challenges: Those that are complex to even define, much less address
* Embracing the Need for Radical Change
* Maintaining Ongoing Integration, Interoperability, and Collaborative Projects


III. Important Developments in Technology for Academic and Research Libraries
Time-to-Adoption Horizon:  One Year or Less   
* Electronic Publishing
* Mobile Apps

Time-to-Adoption Horizon:  Two to Three Years   
* Bibliometrics and Citation Technology
* Open Content

Time-to-Adoption Horizon:  Four to Five Years
* The Internet of Things  
* Semantic Web and Applications

The "Horizons" indicates how long the expert panel collectively feels it will be until a significant number of libraries are providing or using each of these technologies or approaches broadly across the sector. Of course, a number of innovative libraries and library professionals are already working in some of these areas, and those are the very efforts we want to highlight. in addition to best practice examples we are also interested in examples of policy innovation and leadership.  Each of our trends and challenges will be examined for implication in all three of these areas: policy, leadership, and practice. Of special interest are any activities that have a significant web presence so that a URL might be included in the report.

How to Participate
If you know of examples we could include, please use the brief web form at to tell us about them. We ask for a title, a URL, and a one- or two-sentence description; you also will need to select which of the 18 topics your example falls under. The process takes about five minutes.

We hope to have your examples by Monday, June 30, 2014, but no matter what, we'd love to hear about what you are doing! All we really need is a sentence of description and a URL -- we'll do the rest.

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