Document Type

White Paper


This white paper provides background about the convergence of disparate undergraduate education movements in higher education that affect GWLA individual institutions, particularly those initiatives related to the reinvention of undergraduate education in research universities. It provides suggestions for how individual GWLA member libraries can take advantage of an unprecedented interested in education reform to assume leadership roles on our campuses, and in doing so, provide greater security for libraries during fiscal uncertainty as they position themselves, their collections, and their services as an integral part of the instructional agenda as well as the research agenda. Finally, it suggests some ways that GWLA as an organization might leverage its collective strengths to advance the educational role of libraries in higher education.


Academic libraries; Education; Higher; Greater Western Library Alliance; Libraries and students; Research libraries; Undergraduates; Universities and colleges


Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Education Policy | Higher Education and Teaching | Library and Information Science | Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education