The expert panel has completed voting and the topics for the NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Library Edition have been selected — below. The report is a collaboration between the NMC, the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) Hannover, and ETH-Bibliothek Zurich, with the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) as our key dissemination partner. It is set to be released on March 23, 2017 at ACRL 2017. We’re now looking for any projects, programs, policies, or leadership initiatives that fit any of the below chosen areas, to be submitted here. View definitions and discussions of all of the final topics on the 2017 Horizon.Library Project wiki.

I. Key Trends Accelerating Technology Adoption in Academic and Research Libraries

Long-Term Trends: Accelerating technology adoption in Academic and Research Libraries for five or more years

  • Cross-Institution Collaboration
  • Evolving Nature of the Scholarly Record

Mid-Term Trends: Accelerating technology adoption in Academic and Research Libraries for the next three to five years

  • Rethinking Library Spaces
  • Shift from Patrons as Consumers to Patrons as Creators

Short-Term Trends: Accelerating technology adoption in Academic and Research Libraries for the next one to two years

  • Increasing Focus on Research Data Management
  • Valuing the User Experience

II. Significant Challenges Impeding Technology Adoption in Academic and Research Libraries

Solvable Challenges: Those which we both understand and know how to solve

  • Enhancing Accessibility to Library Services and Resources
  • Improving Digital Literacy

Difficult Challenges: Those we understand but for which solutions are elusive

  • Adapting Organizational Designs to the Future of Work
  • Maintaining Ongoing Integration, Interoperability, and Collaborative Projects

Wicked Challenges: Those that are complex to even define, much less address

  • Economic and Political Pressures
  • Embracing the Need for Radical Change

III. Important Developments in Educational Technology in Academic and Research Libraries

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: One Year or Less

  • Big Data
  • Digital Scholarship

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Two to Three Years

  • Library Services Platforms
  • Online Identity

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Four to Five Years

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Internet of Things

We’d love to hear from you personally, but feel free to also poll your own networks — we’re trying to cast a wide net as we look for great examples of people using or experimenting with these technologies in practice.

We are interested in learning about any kind of research, pilot programs, innovative projects, or work happening at your library in any of the areas listed above. Our goal is to help readers understand the potential impact of these areas and their applications in academic and research libraries as well as policy and leadership. 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. 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 topics your example falls under. The process takes about two minutes.

We hope to have your examples by Monday, February 13, 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.