July 23, 2016

Academic Libraries

Academic Librarians On Taking Their Seats at the Table | ALA Annual 2016

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At “Taking Our Seat at the Table: How Academic Librarians Can Help Shape the Future of Higher Education,” sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries University Libraries Section (ACRL ULS), library administrators spoke up on how their institutions are looking ahead—both within and outside of the library.

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Money Matters: Teaching Students Debt Avoidance

Lauren Reiter

Financial literacy is a lifelong learning experience, and students are at an important, if often embryonic, stage in the process. Few people have taken that more seriously than LJ Mover & Shaker Lauren Reiter, Business & Economics Librarian, Pennsylvania State University. Believing that universities should support their student’s financial well-being, and after hearing a lot of talk on campus at Penn State University about student debt and the financial illiteracy of college students, she took action. In 2012 she began work on a resource guide.

From Pariah to Partner: Wikipedia’s Growing Campus Presence | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

For years, many faculty members wanted nothing to with Wikipedia and actively discouraged its use by students. With support from academic librarians, higher ed is taking a whole new look at Wikipedia as an educational resource.

Tailoring Data Services for Institutional Needs | ALA Annual 2016

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A key point that led off—and was reiterated several times throughout—“Strategies and Partnerships: Tailoring Data Services for Your Institutional Needs,” the ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries) President’s Program at the recent American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Orlando, FL, was the importance of establishing a common understanding of what exactly “data services” means. The term is a catch-all for a diverse set of activities; using it without defining its scope can become problematic for everyone involved.

Academic Libraries and Open Educational Resources: Developing Partnerships | ALA Annual 2016

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A number of higher education–focused sessions at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference touched on issues surrounding student retention and completion—and with the costs of tuition, housing, and materials constantly rising, saving students money is a major consideration. When the conversation includes state and community colleges, and a student body that may have less access to financial resources, finding strategies to cut costs becomes more important than ever. Open educational resources (OER)—freely accessible texts and media that faculty can assemble, repurpose, and package under open access agreements for teaching and research—are a rapidly growing option.

Cornell University Pops Cork on Wine Library

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The seven foot tall stacks at Cornell University’s newest library are kept cool and dry, perfect for cardigan wearing. But that’s where the sense of familiarity might end for many LJ readers, as the space contains no books, and offers no borrowing privileges. The brainchild of Susan Henry and Kathryn Boor, the former and current deans of the university’s College of Agriculture and Life Science (CALS), Cornell’s wine library was part of a $105 million renovation of the campus’ Stocking Hall. The new space will store wines used for teaching in the school’s Viticulture and Enology program.

Rethinking the Much-Dreaded Employee Evaluation | Leading from the Library

Steven Bell

They may be a bit of a pain, but employee performance assessments have their place in continuous worker improvement. The question for leaders is, is there a better way to manage the process?

Solidarity! Zine Collection Goes to University of Kansas Libraries

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Recently more than 1,000 zines from the countercultural Solidarity! Revolutionary Center and Radical Library were acquired by the University of Kansas (KU) Libraries, where they will become part of the Wilcox Collection of Contemporary Political Movements at KU’s Kenneth Spencer Research Library.

What Do We Need to Stop Doing? A Survey | Not Dead Yet

Cheryl-LaGuardia

As I look at the many areas in which libraries are working, thriving, and expanding (see Where Are We Headed? An Unscientific Survey, Not Dead Yet, October 15, 2015), the question occurs to me: do we need to consider not doing some things so that we can do those things our researchers need us to do?

ProQuest Acquires Alexander Street

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ProQuest subsidiary R.R. Bowker today announced the acquisition of Alexander Street, a leading provider of streaming video and music, as well as primary source collections, to almost 4,000 library customers in over 60 countries. The business will be known as “Alexander Street, a ProQuest Company,” and will continue to be led by Stephen Rhind-Tutt, its current president, and its current management team, including Eileen Lawrence, David Parker and Andrea Eastman-Mullins, from its current headquarters in Alexandria, VA.