Every other year, the ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee provides a scan of higher education, detailing the current environment and its anticipated impact on libraries. While this year's Environmental Scan is no different in terms of scope, we are now facing challenges to higher education on a scale not seen in decades. Across the globe, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the lives and livelihoods of millions of people, and in the United States, this disruption has been compounded by the eruption of protests surrounding civil rights and other social justice issues.
While the 2021 Environmental Scan covers developments over the last two years (2019 and 2020), the events of 2020 are anticipated to have lasting repercussions, and, while not the primary focus, are a common thread throughout the document.
Boehme, Ginny; McAllister, Alex D.; Caswell, Thomas R.; Denlinger, Kyle; Flierl, Michael; Hall, Anita R.; Li, Cindy; Quigley, Brian D.; Wang, Minglu; and Wesolek, Andrew J., "ACRL 2021 Environmental Scan" (2021). Library Faculty Presentations & Publications. 99.
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