Harvard librarian Cheryl LaGuardia recently stopped by to drop some knowledge on the evolving nature of librarianship in the 21st century. No slides, no frills, just two amazing librarians talking about the nature of change, competition from the resources that deliver easy (if not always reliable) information, and what librarians should be doing to stay relevant in the 21st century. Rosemary Meszaros of Western Kentucky University moderates, adding some of her own pithy observations along the way. Some of their discussion touches on:
October 6th and 7th will mark the first ever Credo Education User Summit and Building Learning Communities Forum in Raleigh, NC. Existing and potential Courseware customers are invited to explore innovative ways to build stronger learning communities. Dr. Alison Head of Project Information Literacy will keynote Day 1 of the summit with, "What Happens to Learning After College?" On Day 2, Dr. Brent Keltner of Credo Education will present, "Skills for the New Economy." See the full schedule here.
It's no secret that retention is one of the driving factors when it comes to success in higher ed today. We know that retention is tied in with how well students perform, and that accurate assessment is instrumental in identifying gaps and cultivating student skills. Next month Credo will host librarians from Mount Saint Mary College as they provide the real world examples and outcomes of how they were able to harness some of the most innovative technology to boost learning outcomes and retention.
High School librarians Amy Voorhees and Rachel Bielby recently joined us to share how they bridge the gap between library and classroom to prepare students for college-level research. Amy is the library director at Kent School in Kent, Connecticut, and Rachel is the librarian at Sacred Heart-Griffen School in Springfield, Illinois.
Jennifer Hill works at John Hopkins University in a department called the Entrepreneurial Library Program. Her team created and maintains an online library for Excelsior College, where students and faculty are located all over the country, providing some unique challenges in terms of collaboration. She recently joined us and shared some of her strategies for increasing faculty engagement.
Rebecca Donlan, Assistant Director for Collection Management at Florida Gulf Coast University Library, presented during our Faculty Engagement webcast on how collaboration between faculty and librarians in the school’s FGSU Scholars program has mutually benefited all parties.
In the most recent installment of our #ReferenceStrategy webinar series, four librarians shared strategies they've used to build successful faculty engagement programs on their campuses. Rebecca Donlan outlined a program Florida Gulf Coast University created to enhance their culture of inquiry "from composition to capstone." Horry Georgetown Technical College's Nicole Romyak and Chris Williams explained concrete examples of initiatives they've taken to reach out to faculty on their campus and the results such efforts have yielded. Jennifer Hill from Excelsior College outlined how her institution's course development teams have benefitted faculty, librarians, and students.
In the latest webinar of our #ReferenceStrategy series, Mission Bell Media founder and CEO Rolf Janke gave an insider’s view of how decisions are made in the reference publishing world, and what’s needed for the industry to thrive. Rolf noted that too much time has been spent going back and forth with discussions of format, when what reference really needs right now is a commitment to producing quality, authoritative content.