February 16, 2018

Steven Bell

About Steven Bell

Steven Bell, Associate University Librarian, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, is the current vice president/president-elect of ACRL. For more from Steven visit his blogs, Kept-Up Academic Librarian, ACRLog and Designing Better Libraries or visit his website.

Noteworthy or Not: Are Keynotes Worth Keeping | From the Bell Tower

Keynote talks are still fairly standard fare at library conferences. Librarians tend to have a love-hate relationship with keynotes. Do they still add value to our conferences or is there a better alternative?

Library Leaders Need to Get a Clue about Self-Awareness | Leading from the Library

We learn that good leaders have the quality of self-awareness. What exactly does that mean and how do you know if that describes you? Not sure? Here are some things library leaders can do to boost their self-awareness.

Higher Ed’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good Year: Let’s Help Make 2018 Better | From the Bell Tower

American higher education came under attack in 2017 as the political, cultural, and social divisions in our society widened. It stood accused of forcing liberal politics on students, hampering free speech on campus, and fostering an environment of incivility in and beyond the classroom. Academic librarians could help lead our institutions to regain their status as our society’s bastion of free speech.

Micromanaging Library Leaders Rarely Know the Damage They Do | Leading from the Library

Leaders are advised to relinquish control in favor of empowering staff. Giving up that control can be hard for some, especially when they are apt to micromanage workers. The key is to recognize it and then work on behavior change.

Textbook Affordability: What’s Happening in Your State | From the Bell Tower

The good news is that more academic librarians are leading textbook affordability and open educational resources initiatives at their institutions. What if we could do even more good work with statewide efforts? Fortunately, there are some good models to lead the way.

Final Thoughts from the Master of Learning from Leaders | Leading from the Library

Adam Bryant has spent considerable time with leaders, primarily chief executives, in his role as the author of the New York Times’ Corner Office column. What can library leaders learn from what Bryant’s shared and the stories he told from his time spent with all those leaders?

Five Trends Changing Higher Education That Librarians Need to Watch | From the Bell Tower

Higher education has a reputation for staying the same. That’s never been more of a myth than right now. Some of the changes have little impact on academic librarians. Others require more of our attention.

Get Into Learning Mode for Better Library Leadership | Leading from the Library

Telling library leaders that leadership is a constant process of learning is good advice but of minimal help to busy leaders with little time for learning, whether formal or informal. That is why a commitment to a growth mindset may be a leader’s best strategy for continuous improvement.

Let’s Commit to Making Library Webinars Better | From the Bell Tower

With budgets tight and conference travel less fun, more librarians are turning to webinars for their professional development. The convenience factor is high but they sure can be tough to sit through. Let’s improve the experience.

Leading Though VUCA Times | Leading from the Library

It can be hard enough to lead when outcomes are clear and the path to achieving them is relatively smooth. The real test is leading followers through times of ambiguity and uncertainty.