December 10, 2016

From the Bell Tower

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

Steven Bell

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

Steven Bell

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

Steven Bell

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?

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.