December 8, 2016

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.

New Opportunities in Learning Experience Curation | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

Academic librarians are campus experts when it comes to curation, from books to data. Is there a new opportunity on the rise in the field of learning experience curation?

Attending to the Whole Student: Higher Ed’s 2016 Trend | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

American higher education still struggles with low participation and graduation rates. Colleges and universities are experimenting with new student success efforts that look at the whole student. Academic librarians can support these holistic approaches.

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.