Category Archive: Discussion Items

Dec 04

Many Hats, Many Tools: Getting Things Done in the Library

Task Managment Remember the Milk 12.04.2012

Author: John M. Jackson Although my subject expertise is in Medieval Studies, I often call myself a renaissance librarian for, like many of my colleagues, my job description serves as a set of loosely-defined and sometimes unheeded guidelines. According to my business card I am a cataloger, but I live daily within that protean phrase …

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Nov 06

Negotiating the Ideal

Author: Melissa Engleman University of Minnesota Morris From the reference desk to the circulation desk to the weekend grocery run, I find myself constantly promoting information literacy. And while I enjoy the chaos of happenstance, I know that the ideal approach on an academic campus is planned and coordinated. Many of us don’t have …

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Sep 18

ULS Committee on the Future of University Libraries August 2012 report

The Future of Universities Prepared by Marilyn Myers, Chair The universities of which our libraries are a part are experiencing disruptive change. The attention of university decision makers is focused on what must be done now as well as what should be done long-term. Judith Brown, former university administrator and professor emerita at Wesleyan reflects …

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Jul 11

Update on the Elsevier Boycott

The Cost of Knowledge Website indicates that the Elsevier Boycott continues to grow. The signatories now number 12,324 researchers in all fields from around the world. What do librarians and faculty on your campus have to say about the boycott? The Cost of Knowledge Blog has a great deal of information if you want to …

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May 16

University Libraries and Transformational Change: It Is Time

Title: University Libraries and Transformational Change: It Is Time Author: Michelle Dunaway, ULS Committee on the Future of University Libraries ________________________________________ In his article titled “Damn the Recession, Full Speed Ahead”, Dr. Rush Miller, Director of the University Library System at the University of Pittsburgh, argues that change and progress in academic libraries cannot continue …

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May 03

The Instructor-Librarian Transaction: Developing a Proactive Model of Library Service Delivery

Please join the ACRL-ULS Current Topics Discussion group on Sunday, June 24 10:30-12 in DIS-Nile. We will be discussing The Instructor-Librarian Transaction: Developing a Proactive Model of Library Service Delivery In September 2011, a working group from the Hunter College Libraries Faculty was asked to assess faculty use of and satisfaction with library services. Upon …

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Feb 13

The Future of University Libraries

The Future of University Libraries: 2012 Midwinter Report Prepared by Michelle Dunaway for the Committee on the Future of University Libraries January 2012 Committee: Miranda Henry Bennett, Theresa S. Byrd, Christopher Cox, Michelle Dunaway, Rafia Mirza, Chair: Marilyn Myers, Laura K. Probst The ACRL/ULS Committee on the Future of University Libraries is charged with exploring …

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Dec 12

ULS Membership Survey Results

The survey was open for the month of July 2011 and was distributed to ULS members via the ULS listserv. Of those who responded to the survey: • 57.5% have been a member of ULS for less than 5 years • 64% “sometimes” attend ULS programs or events at ALA • 49% indicated ULS “sometimes …

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Dec 02

Updates from the Technology in University Libraries Committee

ULS’s first entirely virtual committee, Technology in University Libraries (TULS), had a great inaugural year last year and has done some great work this year, too. We’re interested in getting the word out about the committee’s goals, programs, and services. TULS’s charge is “to explore the uses of technology in university libraries in areas such …

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Jun 06

Evidence-based discussion group at Annual

Interested in evidence-based librarianship? Come join this active discussion group on Saturday, June 25 from 4-5:30 at the Sheraton New Orleans Crescent Boardroom. Do you have a project you’d like to share at the discussion? Are you using an assessment database and can talk about how it has facilitated decision making? Email Jennifer Nutefall, convenor, …

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