October 25, 2014

To Empower Community Colleges, Empower Their Librarians | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

Community colleges are increasingly important to America’s higher education system, but they are also a point of failure for too many students. The American Association for Community Colleges (AACC) is planning to change that with the rollout of a new guide—but where do librarians fit into the program?

Save the Time of the Faculty | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

New research sheds light on how faculty members spend their time. The bottom line is they have too little of it to do all that is expected of them. This creates opportunities for academic librarians to save them time.

Expanding News Coverage of Higher Ed Is Good for Us | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

Once you get past The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed, reporting on news developments in higher education—and thus shaping what is considered newsworthy—is scattershot. But as public interest in higher ed grows, it’s attracting more news coverage. Whatever the reasons, the growing level of national interest in higher education should be a boon for academic librarians who take their “keeping up” seriously. Done right, it’s a powerful form of personalized professional development.

It Can’t Hurt To Ask—or Can it? | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

What lessons can academic librarians take away from “W,” who negotiated for a tenure-track position thinking there’d be no harm in asking for more—but in fact it did a lot of harm?

Employers Want Workplace-Ready Grads, but Can Higher Ed Deliver? | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

A new survey reveals a wide gap between provosts and business leaders when it comes to judging college students’ readiness for the workplace. What can academic librarians take away from the controversy?

What You Need to Know About the Other “Open” Week | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

Open Access Week is an event with which academic librarians are not only familiar, but in which many participate by organizing campus events. There’s another week that celebrates openness that needs their attention. Open Education Week takes place March 10–15.

Left Behind by the EdTech Surge | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

There’s loads of activity happening in the world of educational technology. New startups. Dozens of websites for managing learning activities. Apps by the dozens. Academic librarians seem out of the loop.

The Subconference: Passing Fad or Next Big Thing? | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

The MLA Conference is a top attention getting event in the higher education media. But the unofficial and unrecognized MLA Subconference generated lots of buzz. What does it say about higher ed, and will it catch on?

Asking Fundamental Questions About the Humanities | From the Bell Tower

Drawing of a crane removing the Humanities sign from the front of a college; stick figure explains "we don't need it anymore."

We’ve moved beyond the question of whether people are better off if they go to college. They are. Now that that’s settled, we need to figure out what it means to be college educated and what the humanities contribute to student learning.

What’s Next for Project Information Literacy: Interview with Alison Head | From the Bell Tower

This week Steven interviews Alison Head, executive director of Project Information Literacy (PIL). Read on to learn the latest developments at the organization and find a video related to the latest study.