July 1, 2015

From the Bell Tower

Not Liking What Users Have to Say? Listen Anyway | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

Listening to members of the user community is important—even if it’s hard to accept what they have to say. Then we need to act on what was heard.

Appreciate Your Higher Ed Curmudgeon | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

Academic librarians probably know at least one curmudgeon at their institution—or in their library. A new study explores the nature of curmudgeons in higher ed and why we should appreciate them more.

What Will We Do When Students Drop the Big Package Deal? | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

We have multiple categories of students to deal with: traditional, non-traditional, distance, first-gen. Swirlers are an emerging demographic. How will academic librarians meet their needs?

Connecting Higher Ed Trends to the Academic Library | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

Higher education is in a state of flux and the key shifts taking place may create opportunities for the academic library. If these are higher ed’s most pressing problems, academic librarians are part of the solutions.

Working With Librarians to Make Search Human Again | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

Internet search engines seem to be working well enough. There are plenty of choices. So why would an entrepreneur think people will want yet another one? This one has a twist. Librarians.

When Rankings Rule Our Thinking | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

No matter how much academics express displeasure about college rankings, the rankings continue to multiply. Each new one claims to offer some advantage over the competition. Will higher education ever be able to bring ranking madness to an end?

Being Present with Learners in the Library | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

One drawback of being an academic librarian is that we are less connected with students than we would like. We relish our role as educators. Let’s be more intentional about being present in their college experience.

Top 10 Academic Library Issues for 2015 | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

The beginning of the year brings many “top” lists for what to look for in 2015. So far there’s not much predicting for what looks big for the academic library world. Here’s a shot at it.

Trying Too Hard For Relevance | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

Academic librarians would agree that keeping themselves front and center in the minds of their community members is a high priority. Staying relevant is a good thing. But is it possible to go too far?

Design Thinking for Flexible Solutions | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

As academic librarians become more design influenced there are some lessons to be learned from what’s happening in the world of digital gadgetry. Success is less about easy fixes or fancy features and more about flexibility.