May 26, 2017

Academic Libraries

First Impressions: LJ’s First Year Experience Survey

First-year college and university students enter with widely varying levels of information literacy, particularly in light of the funding crisis that has left so many K–12 public schools without functioning school libraries and trained school librarians/media specialists. LJ recently set out to understand what information literacy instruction entering students need, what they’re getting, and what impact it has on their experience as first-year students.

Conference Catch-Up

The 2017 conferences held by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and Electronic Resources & Libraries (ER&L), in March and April respectively, covered trends ranging from diversity to emerging technology.

Learning as the New Competitive Advantage | From the Bell Tower

Excepting elite colleges and universities, higher education can expect increased competition among institutions for dwindling numbers of students. Investments in learning could provide a competitive edge if, as a new study suggests, it leads to revenue gains.

OPeri Publishing Platform | Field Reports

Some time ago, while I was working at a small state university, the library was approached by the English department, asking if we knew of some way of putting their biannual student journal online. This publication had been coming out periodically for approximately 15 years and contained essays, poetry, and short stories written by graduate and undergraduate students. Faculty occasionally assigned articles from it as required reading.

Jamillah Gabriel, Thinking Outside (and Inside) the Box

When Jamillah Gabriel, African American studies information specialist and the manager of the Black Cultural Center Library at Purdue University, IN, realized that there weren’t many book box subscription services that focused on African American literature—and those that did were targeted to children and young adults—she decided to start her own. In summer 2016 Gabriel launched Call Number, a monthly literature subscription box for adults featuring works by non-bestselling black authors.

Wanting More (Survey) | Library Systems Landscape 2017

Academic librarians are concerned about the decreasing number of competitors in the integrated library system (ILS) and library services platform (LSP) market, and many are dissatisfied with their current ILS or LSP, according to the results of a recent LJ survey.

Good Leaders Ask Good Questions | Leading from the Library

New and aspiring leaders may think they’re supposed to have all the answers. It turns out that leaders perform better when they acknowledge what they don’t know and take time to ask good questions.

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Recognizing the Importance of FYE in Academic Libraries

As the focus on student success in the first year grows, librarians are being asked to play a critical role in promoting services that will help improve academic performance and strengthen connections between students and their institution. Building information literacy skills, cultivating student engagement, and providing embedded librarianship are all ways librarians can affect newly-arrived students.

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Boosting Innovation through Collaboration

The library’s role is constantly evolving. Students expect more, the needs of researchers and faculties continue to change, and budgets always seem to tighten. While these drivers put more pressure on libraries, they also create a huge opportunity for libraries to strengthen their influence and place themselves in the heart of teaching, learning, and research.

Kevin Young: Director of NYPL’s Schomburg Center, New Yorker Poetry Editor

Kevin Young stepped into his role as director of New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in September 2016, succeeding former director Khalil Gibran Muhammad. Young most recently served at Emory University, Atlanta, as curator of the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library and curator of literary collections at the Rose Library, at the same time holding the Charles Howard Candler Professorship of Creative Writing and English. If it were not enough that Young now helms Harlem’s Schomburg Center, on March 15 he was also appointed poetry editor of the New Yorker, to succeed Paul Muldoon.