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?
Patti Davis thinks of her job as publisher for Emerald Publishing in terms of a mission. “We have a mission to publish research that is applicable to the real world,” she says. “More and more, society is looking for research that is real for their experience, helpful for their day to day life, and their work life.”
Since the last of Canada’s Indian residential schools closed in 1996, the nation has been attempting to shape a response to the legacy of abuse that the residential school system—which removed native children from their homes and families—inflicted on its Indigenous Peoples. Saskatoon Public Library (SPL), Saskatchewan, has become the first public library to incorporate a space permanently dedicated to truth and reconciliation. On November 21 SPL’s Frances Morrison Central Library opened the Read for Reconciliation reading area, which includes a full set of the reports compiled by the TRC over five years, plus a variety of books about Canada’s history of residential schools, as well as an extensive reading list on the history and legacy of residential schools in Canada on its homepage.
For its 2016 Next Wave conference, scholarly nonprofit organization ITHAKA brought together nearly 200 academic librarians, publishers, technology partners, and scholars at New York’s Roosevelt Hotel on November 30 to take a look at what may lie ahead for academia. “The Bigger Picture: How Macro Changes in Higher Education Should Shape Your Strategy” condensed what had previously been spread over two days into one all-day session, with a strong focus on academic professionals’ take on the landscape.
As technology advances, the world becomes a smaller place — and hopefully a less mysterious one. That’s the idea behind the International Librarians Network, a not-for-profit online, free peer mentoring program. The idea is to help librarians develop international networks. The ILN launched in 2013 at the University of New South Wales Library in Sydney, Australia, where co-founders Kate Byrne (MA, Information and Knowledge Management, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia); Alyson Dalby (Graduate Diploma of Library and Information Management, Curtin University, Australia); and Clare McKenzie (Master of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University, Australia) were colleagues.
On October 14 architect Maya Lin unveiled her plans for the new William Allan Neilson Library at Smith College, Northampton, MA. The drawings and model for the extensive renovation of the library, which will include upgrades and alterations to the original building and the replacement of two previous additions, were met with approval by the gathering of students, faculty, and administration at Smith’s Sweeney Concert Hall—not surprising, as they were only part of a years-long visioning process that involved thousands of the college’s community members from campus to town.