July 27, 2016

Bookstore or College Store: Building a Relationship | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

College bookstores are evolving for a future that is based less on textbooks and more on supporting the course material ecosystem, campus services, and merchandise. When it comes to textbook issues, academic librarians and the campus bookstore should work together to give students affordable solutions.

One Technology That Will Change the Academic Library Experience | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

Adopting new technologies is now commonplace for academic librarians but one emerging technology stands to change both how libraries function and the symbolic nature of their collections.

Pizza, Pillows, and Ponies: Finals Week Programming | From the Bell Tower

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Academic librarians are investing more heavily in finals week programming, all for a good cause—to help college students better cope with the most stressful weeks of the semester.

Yes, Those First-Years Are Probably Stressed Out | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

Academic librarians understand the value of connecting with first-year students to get their academic careers off to a good start. We understand less about the stress they are feeling as new college students.

Factors Beyond Our Control | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

Layoffs at colleges and universities, once a fairly rare occurrence, are now becoming more commonplace. If you’ve yet to come across a story in your local news about an institution announcing layoffs and cuts, you probably will soon.

Credentialing to Establish the Library’s Presence | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

When it comes to providing employers with information about a student’s skill set, the college transcript does a poor job, yet it’s the current standard. New approaches to credentialing could change that—and create an opportunity for academic librarians.

Prospective Students and the Search for Meaningful Library Data | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

When students and their parents consider their college options they consider many variables, from tuition to aid to amenities. To what extent can access to information about the library have an impact on the decision?

Welcome to Entrepreneurship U., Part Two | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

It used to be that entrepreneurship was a program in the business school. Now the entire academic institution is adopting an entrepreneurial spirit. How is that reflected in the library’s physical space and development of new services?

Welcome to Entrepreneurship U, Part One | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

It used to be that a focus on entrepreneurship was limited to the business school. Now, for graduate students from any discipline who demonstrate innovation, higher ed is going “all in” on entrepreneurship. Academic librarians should be looking for new opportunities to help.

Advice for Academic Librarianship: Think Like Ford | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

Even if things are going well at your library, it may be a good exercise to question what would happen if things change even more radically then they already have and what we’ve always done is no longer what people want or need.