January 15, 2017

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.

Just One Student but He Sent a Message | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

Higher education workers strongly believe in its value. So when people denigrate it, that creates some consternation. What does one student’s inappropriate gesture say about the state of higher education?

Becoming an Open Library Leader | Leading from the Library

Steven Bell

Librarians are leaders when they advocate for a culture of openness in their organizations and communities. Whether it’s open source, open access, or open educational resources, we support the principles of openness. What does open leadership look like?

Time to Change Everything Again…For Generation Z | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

We were told we needed to change to adapt to Gen X and Millennials. Get ready to change again. Gen Z is on the way to our libraries. A new survey offers some insights into what we need to know.

From Good to Great, as a Leader | Leading from the Library

Steven Bell

There’s a difference between being a good leader and a great leader, but it’s not what we might think. Greatness is not just being better than good. It’s about having force and channeling it for a purpose.

Making a Rough Journey a Bit Smoother | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

Among academic librarians there is strong support for the premise that their work contributes to student success. A new report confirms that too many undergraduates experience a rough road with dead ends. Can we help smooth their journey?

Empathy as the Leader’s Path to Change | Leading From the Library

Steven Bell

You’re the leader. You have a vision. It will require real organizational change. Now what? Empathic leaders may do better at gaining followers than encouraging resistors.

Conflicted on Relationship Management | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

As higher education explores new approaches to student success, academic librarians are more interested in personalizing the library experience. Can we implement relationship management software and balance our privacy concerns?

Library Leaders Ignore Organizational Politics at Their Own Risk | Leading from the Library

Steven Bell

Do we do ourselves a disservice when we believe that hard work and playing by the rules are enough to be a successful leader? As leaders, do we hurt the library when we fail at institutional politics?

Make the Academic Library a Safe Space…Literally | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

As the guardians of a facility that welcomes all community members, academic librarians believe in the value of the library as a safe space. Keeping it safe, literally, takes effort. Knowing how to prepare and proceed can help.

Leading the Creative Library | Leading from the Library

Steven Bell

It helps leaders to harness their own creative potential, but they should also pay attention to creating the right culture and environment that leads to a creative library organization as a whole.