Steven J. Bell is the Associate University Librarian for Research and Instructional Services at Temple University. He is a past president of the Association of College & Research Libraries. He writes and speaks about academic librarianship, learning technologies, library leadership and management, higher education, open education,design thinking and user experience. He was the founding blogger of ACRLog, ACRL's official Weblog, and Designing Better Libraries, a blog about design thinking and library user experiences. He authored weekly columns for Library Journal Academic Newswire, "From the Bell Tower" and "Leading From the Library" between 2009 and 2019. He is co-author of the book "Academic Librarianship by Design" and editor of the book "Crucible Moments: Inspiring Library Leadership". He currently teaches two courses as an adjunct lecturer at the San Jose State University iSchool, "Design Thinking Librarianship" and "Open Education Librarianship". For additional information about Steven J. Bell or links to his projects, point your browser to http://stevenbell.info
In an academic environment that is shifting to hybrid learning modes, librarians must reimagine their space as a service delivered to students. Where do desktop computer labs fit into this vision for libraries that prioritize mobile-first strategies?
Changes since March 2020 have clearly revealed the coming shift from print textbook reserves to digital learning materials that all students can equitably afford to access.