September 27, 2016

From the Bell Tower

Make the Academic Library a Safe Space…Literally | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

As the guardians of a facility that welcomes all community members, academic librarians believe in the value of the library as a safe space. Keeping it safe, literally, takes effort. Knowing how to prepare and proceed can help.

Bandwidth Blues: Satisfying an Insatiable Appetite for Connectivity | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

What’s expensive to provide and it seems that there is never enough to go around on a college campus? There’s a reason your students are always complaining about your library’s Wi-Fi.

From Pariah to Partner: Wikipedia’s Growing Campus Presence | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

For years, many faculty members wanted nothing to with Wikipedia and actively discouraged its use by students. With support from academic librarians, higher ed is taking a whole new look at Wikipedia as an educational resource.

We Need a Growth Mindset for Learning Library Research | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

Students are motivated to learn when they believe they have the need and the capacity to acquire and master a new skill. Students come to college thinking they’ve mastered research. How can we help them discover they still have room to grow?

What Do You Know About Instructional Designers? | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

Academic librarians seek to connect and collaborate with faculty in order to integrate their skills into the teaching and learning process. Learning more about our instructional design colleagues, and establishing relationships with them might help.

Promise and Peril of AI for Academic Librarians | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

It is still early in the development of artificial intelligence but eventually it will change the work of librarians—or make it irrelevant. How likely is it that we will be replaced by bots in the future?

Email? Texts? Still Searching For the Electronic Path to Students | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

There’s never been an easy way for academic librarians to establish a direct communication channel with students. With fewer students checking email, texting is a better option.

In Praise of Jargon: This Academic Librarian Is Not So Sure | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

Do you enjoy reading the research literature of librarianship? There is no dearth of criticism about lack of quality and too much quantity. An overabundance of academese adds to the problem.

No More Viewbooks: Higher Ed Marketing is Headed Inbound | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

The days when our colleges and universities did mass mailings to huge numbers of high school students is coming to an end. As with many other things, the Internet and social media have changed everything.

Five Institutional Strategies for Textbook Affordability | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

Whether you’re just getting started or want to take your program to the next level, thinking strategically about campus adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER) can make a difference.