November 30, 2015

Steven Bell

About Steven Bell

Steven Bell, Associate University Librarian, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, is the current vice president/president-elect of ACRL. For more from Steven visit his blogs, Kept-Up Academic Librarian, ACRLog and Designing Better Libraries or visit his website.

Pizza, Pillows, and Ponies: Finals Week Programming | From the Bell Tower

FinalsWeek 7

Academic librarians are investing more heavily in finals week programming, all for a good cause—to help college students better cope with the most stressful weeks of the semester.

Yes, Those First-Years Are Probably Stressed Out | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

Academic librarians understand the value of connecting with first-year students to get their academic careers off to a good start. We understand less about the stress they are feeling as new college students.

Comparing Boomer and Next-Gen Library Leaders: More Common Ground Than Expected | Leading From the Library

Steven Bell

Millennials and Gen-X librarians are moving into leadership positions. In what ways are they different from their Baby Boomer predecessors? OCLC did some research and the results are insightful.

Factors Beyond Our Control | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

Layoffs at colleges and universities, once a fairly rare occurrence, are now becoming more commonplace. If you’ve yet to come across a story in your local news about an institution announcing layoffs and cuts, you probably will soon.

Life, Library, and the Pursuit of Happiness

Bell image_ThinkStock_4_LPeet_square

What is happiness? What makes us happy? Do libraries have the capacity to deliver a happy experience to those who use them? All good questions. The answers are elusive, but thanks to a body of research on happiness accumulated over the past quarter century we are better able to answer those questions. Librarians are increasingly expressing an interest in the design of experiences that improve how community members interact with the full range of service, resources, and staff. Think of it as the “totality” of all that the library has to offer as an experience, not just the usability of the catalog, the cleanliness of the restrooms, or the smiles on staff faces at service points. Each, no doubt, is important to the overall experience. Great library experiences are delivered at every touch point where community members connect with the library.

Credentialing to Establish the Library’s Presence | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

When it comes to providing employers with information about a student’s skill set, the college transcript does a poor job, yet it’s the current standard. New approaches to credentialing could change that—and create an opportunity for academic librarians.

Delving into Leadership Development Programs | Leading from the Library

Steven Bell

When we find ourselves in leadership positions, but also find that we lack some essential skills or would like to build upon our existing knowledge, many librarians turn to leadership programs. A new book shares research and insights into what makes those programs tick.

Prospective Students and the Search for Meaningful Library Data | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

When students and their parents consider their college options they consider many variables, from tuition to aid to amenities. To what extent can access to information about the library have an impact on the decision?

Welcome to Entrepreneurship U., Part Two | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

It used to be that entrepreneurship was a program in the business school. Now the entire academic institution is adopting an entrepreneurial spirit. How is that reflected in the library’s physical space and development of new services?

Library Superbosses Lead By Creating Careers | Leading from the Library

Steven Bell

It makes sense. Great bosses create workplaces where staff want to be. Lousy bosses make staff miserable so they quit and go elsewhere and try to recover. What exactly does a superboss do?