This article just came out in College & Research Libraries News — 2010 top ten trends in academic libraries: A review of the current literature. The ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee wrote the article. The trends were listed in alphabetical order, and this one appeared 7th on the list.
Increased collaboration will expand the role of the library within the institution and beyond. Collaboration efforts will continue to diversify: collaborating with faculty to integrate library resources into the curriculum and to seek out information literacy instruction, and as an embedded librarian; working with scholars to provide access to their data sets, project notes, papers, etc.