Category Archive: Opinion

Nov 12 2016

How Does Your Library Contribute to Learning & Research?

As the debate around the high cost of a college education continues, Julie Todaro and Irene M.H. Herold (via Inside Higher Ed) provide an excellent essay on how academic libraries and librarians make meaningful contributions to learning and research. In summary, they highlight that libraries often meet student and faculty needs by providing access to …

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Nov 20 2014

Our Thoughts are with FSU

By now you have probably heard about the tragedy that unfolded early this morning at Strozier Library on the campus of Florida State University. Our thoughts and hearts go out to our colleagues at FSU Libraries and to all the university students, faculty, and staff. The University Library Section hopes for a full recovery for the …

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May 07 2013

Attention to Detail: Observations from a Search Committee Member

Author: Felice E. Maciejewski, University Librarian, Rebecca Crown Library, Dominican University Having worked in academic libraries for almost thirty years I have had many an opportunity to serve on search committees, both as Chair and committee member. I have also been a member of the audience as a candidate gets grilled and have been the …

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Apr 04 2013

Why Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) for Librarians

Authors: Mary Axford, Elisabeth Shields, and Crystal Renfro Libraries have been thought of as buildings that hold collections, conduits to the access of intellectual information, spaces for doing scholarship and places to find individuals with expertise in accessing those intellectual collections. Librarians have organized the knowledge itself, but haven’t been known for helping scholars organize …

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Mar 05 2013

Make Library Instruction Zoom: Prezi as Presentation Tool

Too much spinning and zooming will make your audience queasy.

Author:  Stewart C Baker Yet another Instruction Session The problem of keeping students engaged during library instruction sessions is a common one.  Presentation software may only compound the problem: as slide after slide appears on the screen, with bullet point after bullet point, students’ eyes (as well as instructors’) may be at risk of glazing …

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Feb 05 2013

STEM, STEM, Everywhere-a-STEM: 3 Ways to Engage with STEM Disciplines

Author: Nastasha Johnson Everywhere we turn there is talk about STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math disciplines. In February 2012, President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) issued a report, “Engage to Excel: Producing One Million Additional College Graduates with Degrees in STEM.” In the report, it advised that the U.S. needs …

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Jan 22 2013

Virtual & International Librarianship Opportunities

Author: Beth Filar Williams As a distance learning academic librarian, I am apt to find ways to virtually connect and collaborate. In the past year I have had some fabulous experiences with very distant, virtual librarianship. Last spring I hosted a completely virtual intern who lived in Uzbekistan through the Digital Libraries Learning Program (DILL) …

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Dec 04 2012

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 2012

Negotiating the Ideal

Author: Melissa Engleman University of Minnesota Morris menglema@morris.umn.edu 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 2012

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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