October 9, 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.

Life, Library, and the Pursuit of Happiness

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

Welcome to Entrepreneurship U, Part One | From the Bell Tower

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It used to be that a focus on entrepreneurship was limited to the business school. Now, for graduate students from any discipline who demonstrate innovation, higher ed is going “all in” on entrepreneurship. Academic librarians should be looking for new opportunities to help.

Advice for Academic Librarianship: Think Like Ford | From the Bell Tower

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Even if things are going well at your library, it may be a good exercise to question what would happen if things change even more radically then they already have and what we’ve always done is no longer what people want or need.

Leaders and Their Library Message | Leading From the Library

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Many leaders have developed an elevator talk or pitch about their library. When there’s more time and opportunity there’s a place for another type of communication, the “library message.”

Educational Technology on Trial | From the Bell Tower

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Educators continue to debate whether educational technology makes a difference. Are academic librarian-educators getting the results they want from ed tech or should we give it a rest?