February 22, 2017

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Practical Research, Practical Marketing

Thomas Kent

What’s the secret to helping your faculty produce academic research that resonates with practitioners, students, policy makers, and other influencers? Think less about theory, and more about practical relevance—that’s the opinion of Thomas W. Kent, Ph.D., professor and chair for the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship, School of Business, College of Charleston.

ALA Goes Looking for a Leader | Leading From the Library

Steven Bell

There’s no debate that it will be hard to replace the American Library Association (ALA)’s current Executive Director (ED). But there’s plenty of debate over the next ED’s qualifications. Should the MLS be required? Or do we look for the best association leader we can find?

Navajo Nation Library To Digitize 1960s Oral History Archive

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The Navajo Nation Library (NNL) is working to secure the funding necessary to digitize and catalog thousands of hours of stories, songs, and oral histories of the Navajo people, originally recorded in the 1960s by the Navajo Culture Center of the Office of Navajo Economic Opportunity (ONEO).

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?

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Publishing for Librarians’ Changing Needs

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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.”

Saskatoon Library Launches Read for Reconciliation Space

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Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark, Office of the Treaty Commissioner, Executive Director Harry Lafond, Kelly Bitternose (survivor), Eugene Arcand, SPL Board Chair Candice Grant, Elder Walter Linklater, Elder Maria Linklater and Carol Cooley CEO and Director of Libraries for Saskatoon Public Library.
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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.

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?

ITHAKA’s Next Wave: How Macro Changes in Higher Ed Shape Strategy

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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.

Government Website Harvest Enlists Librarians, Educators, Students

End of Term Harvest session at New York Academy of Medicine
Photo credit: Debbie Rabina

As the United States—and the world—prepare for the January 20, 2017 presidential inauguration, libraries, institutions, and citizens are joining forces to identify federal government websites to be captured and saved in the End of Term (EOT) Web Archive.

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Going Global

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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.