Both the higher education and mainstream media tend to report on studies relating college students’ lack of openness to non-print textbooks. More research and experimentation in this area suggest student attitudes may be starting to change.
When to call it quits is a vexing matter for many library professionals. Recognizing we need to move along to create opportunities for new colleagues is just one consideration. Higher ed faculty are having a similar debate, but many are choosing to hang on as long as they can.
The Black Swan case brings to light a higher education tradition that needs closer examination and possible rethinking. Academic librarians who supervise student interns will want to make sure they follow recommended practices for productive internship experiences.
Not all that long ago, academic librarians spent considerable time talking about millennials and how they differed from previous generations—and how we could change to better serve them. While we’ve moved on to other issues, millennials are still out there. Although millennials may no longer garner much attention from academic librarians, a new report suggests we need to get them back on our collective radar screen.
There’s a reason that the Howard County Library System, MD (HCLS) is the Gale/LJ 2013 Library of the Year—an incredible focus on user experience and staff development that enables each worker to invest in the success of the library. It’s a case study for academic librarians who want to take things to the next level of service and community engagement.
The campus library isn’t the only academic unit figuring out how rethink itself for the next generation of students. Career services is also trying to adapt to a changing higher education environment. Tackling our mutual issues together may be wise.
When publishers sue librarians over legitimate critiques, we can all agree that’s a threat to our academic freedom. It’s another thing when the federal government refers to a vague “blueprint” for controlling sex-related speech on campus. Campus information experts may be able to help.
Our national media largely shapes the public perception of higher education. Out-of-control tuition and crushing student debt are among the most popular topics. In print and on the screen, the flames of fear that the bubble will burst are being fanned ever higher.