July 26, 2017

From the Bell Tower

Academic Librarians Have Something to Sell | From the Bell Tower

Salesmanship is rarely considered the work of academic librarians. Librarians responsible for outreach and building connections with students and faculty might benefit from embracing the idea they have something worth offering and then selling it.

What Academic Librarians Can Learn from Retail’s Meltdown | From the Bell Tower

For many years the newspaper industry served as the cautionary tale for libraries. But as even the biggest brick-and-mortar stores fall, retail may be an even better example for libraries looking for new ways to provide a better experience for community members.

Your 12-Month Plan for Research, Presentation, and Publication | From the Bell Tower

For academic librarians, the summer months present a brief window of time for special projects. Start now to plan a research project that could lead to multiple presentation and publication opportunities.

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.

Librarians Are Not Worth Waiting For | From the Bell Tower

College students seem perfectly willing to wait in long lines for odd and mundane things alike. So why do they tell us they are in too much of a hurry to wait to talk to a librarian?

OER’s Road Ahead is Paved with Publisher Platforms | From the Bell Tower

Academic librarians are pleased with the progress they’ve made in leading their campuses to recognize the value of Open Educational Resources (OER). Now publishers are responding to OER with new learning platforms. It may be time for a new strategy.

Just One Student but He Sent a Message | From the Bell Tower

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?

Time to Change Everything Again…For Generation Z | From the Bell Tower

We were told we needed to change to adapt to Gen X and Millennials. Get ready to change again. Gen Z is on the way to our libraries. A new survey offers some insights into what we need to know.

Making a Rough Journey a Bit Smoother | From the Bell Tower

Among academic librarians there is strong support for the premise that their work contributes to student success. A new report confirms that too many undergraduates experience a rough road with dead ends. Can we help smooth their journey?

Conflicted on Relationship Management | From the Bell Tower

As higher education explores new approaches to student success, academic librarians are more interested in personalizing the library experience. Can we implement relationship management software and balance our privacy concerns?