It’s easy to get overwhelmed when thinking about all of the challenges facing higher education today: rising costs, shrinking budgets, and the uncertainty inherent to a quickly shifting global economy. However, it’s important to not lose sight of some of the strategies that are working. For example, several innovative libraries around the country have found a way to reduce textbook costs for students while building their research skills and preparing them to navigate information in the 21st century.
If you’re thinking of ways to expand library resources to different populations and communities on campus, but aren’t sure where to start, the ACRL Instruction Section has a new offering that can help. Their Instruction for Diverse Populations Committee recently updated and released the Multilingual Glossary for Today’s Library Users.
It’s summer at last, and that means that many of you may have time to take stock a little—see what needs tweaking for the fall, what can go, and what needs a complete overhaul. You’ll have an idea of how your various initiatives are going, of course, but to make the most informed decisions you should rely on usage statistics.
Over 10,000 folks attended last month’s ALA Annual Conference. From former First Lady Michelle Obama to Presidential Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, there were many exciting talks and programs promoting literacy, research, and community engagement. Here are a few sessions that really stood out to me as an academic librarian.
Every now and then the conversation about the necessity for librarians to have an MLS restarts. This year, it was hotly debated during the search for a new Executive Director for ALA. Whether the person should be required to hold an MLS (or equivalent, such as MLIS) was the subject of many articles and blogs, including at Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and, last week, at Meredith Farkas’s blog, Information Wants to be Free.
This blog series provides easy, free access to open web resources that support affordable learning opportunities. A wide variety of resources published by government entities, think tanks, and more are curated to demonstrate what may be relatively unknown or ‘buried’ in the internet. Resources reflect issues happening today for the use of librarians, students, and all audiences.
Looking to up your library's social media game? One of the best ways to engage followers to is to provide a consistent stream of fun/useful content. Understanding that libraries don't always have the time to generate all of the content they'd like, we're here to help!
When I was in library school, we constantly heard that it was important to graduate quickly so that the skills we learned early on wouldn’t be out of date by graduation. At a certain point, however, graduation is long past and you need a brush-up on a few things, or to learn about new things that didn’t exist back in school. Where should you turn?
Next week, Credo invites you to join us in our InfoLit Learning Community for a presentation from librarian and accreditation expert Kate Sawyer. On Thursday, June 28 at 2 PM Eastern Time, Sawyer will present a free webinar called “Accreditation Tips and Pitfalls: Accreditation, Reaccreditation, and Your Role,” after which she will take live questions from the audience on concerns when facing the accreditation process, whether you're in the midst of it, or just embarking on it.
By Meggan Houlihan and Raymond Pun
In this interview, FYE Correspondent Ray Pun interviews Meggan Houlihan from New York University Abu Dhabi Library. Meggan shares her experiences in coordinating library instruction, the personal librarian program, and student engagement activities on campus. She also emphasizes that “it takes a community to support FY students, and libraries play a central role in that community.”