June 18, 2018

Higher Ed Must Innovate Its Way Out of the Student Debt Crisis | From the Bell Tower

To solve the student debt crisis, higher education will need some serious change. So far there is limited effort in that direction, and those who can least afford high tuition will continue to bear the brunt of student debt, too often with little to show for it.

Literacy-Rich: Keeping an Eye On the Why, Together | Editorial

Collaboration. It’s common to consider, attempt, and refine, but it’s rarely on display as it was in Omaha last month. At a three-day event we focused on deep partnerships between public libraries and schools to increase access to materials for kids.

Champion of Confidence | Office Hours

I chatted recently with New Zealand librarian Sally Pewhairangi, who shares her unique approach to encouraging library professionals on a new website called The Library Boss. Her ideas should inspire LIS students, new librarians, and seasoned professionals.

How About a Little Kindness for Library Leaders? | Leading From the Library

One of our profession’s most popular pastimes is beating up on the boss. Are library leaders just lousy at leadership and management, or is there something particularly anti-authority about people who work in libraryland? Maybe it’s time to show the boss a little love.

Missing the Mark: Time To Refocus Our Advocacy Approach | Editorial

If you haven’t yet read From Awareness to Funding: Voter Perceptions and Support of Public Libraries in 2018, please put it on the top of your to-do list. Released in March by the Public Library Association (PLA) and the American Library Association Office for Library Advocacy, in partnership with OCLC, it updates the findings of the initial Awareness to Funding report done in 2008 with startling insights into how voters connect to libraries or—more concerning—increasingly don’t.

Reversing the Slide in Voter Support | BackTalk

The 2018 “From Awareness to Funding” study should inspire deep reflection within the library community about how we have been doing public outreach, voter engagement, and everyday advocacy over this past decade.

Higher Education Promotes the Student Experience | From the Bell Tower

Utter the phrase “student experience” to a higher education audience and the reaction, depending on the crowd, could be visceral—as in, “education, not experience.” Yet academic librarians could benefit from and contribute to the growing interest in student experience.

Is Change Finally Here?: It Began Slowly, but It Is Quickly Taking Over | Blatant Berry

I watched the Women’s March, saw feminist passions take over the Academy Awards, and spent all day in front of the TV to witness 800,000 mostly young Americans conduct their March for Our Lives, the compelling protest that spread over the United States and the world. I saw black Americans forced to reassert their fundamental rights yet again as Black Lives Matter, 50 years after Martin Luther King was killed. It took me back to the Sixties and the protests of that time.

Sustainability, Squared: Great Buildings Are Just the Start | Editorial

The six projects that won the 2018 AIA/ALA Building Awards are worth a good look. The awards, presented each year by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Library Association (ALA), celebrate excellence in architectural design and help identify trends to consider in new buildings or renovations.

Sports As a Model for Library Leadership Learning | Leading from the Library

Sports and librarianship rarely come up in the same conversation, but when it comes to learning about leadership there may be common ground between the two.