One of the most common concerns we hear from librarians regards how difficult it can be to engage with faculty. This was a distinct takeaway from our booth survey at ACRL, and is something we explored in one of our most popular webinars of last year.
Brian Coutts and Rosemary Meszaros of Western Kentucky University recently joined us to explore the role of the librarian as scholar. Brian is this year's winner of the Reference and User Services Association's (RUSA) Isador Mudge Award. View the recording here (plus slides).
We recently asked librarians to send us their stories of how they put Credo to use helping students. Sol Lopez of Regis University won our contest, and a trip to ALA Chicago, for her submission on how Credo supports her school's first year experience (FYE) program by encouraging students to initiate choosing topics for their research.
Entire countries are making the switch from print to electronic, and not with just books, but entire collections, including hand written manuscripts, newspaper editions, radio broadcasts and TV programs. The UK and Finland were some of the first to make this transition, and the United States created the first completely online library with over 2 million items. Now Norway is following suit. This migration, by law, requires this content and media to be submitted to the National Library, which will allow anyone with a Norwegian IP address to access all the materials for free.
At the intersection of college preparation and student success is the first year experience program (FYE). More schools every year move beyond the simple orientation to offer some type of course or seminar with the goals of building a deeper relationship with their students, connecting these students to campus resources, and honing their academic skills.
If 2016 taught us anything, it’s that information literacy is a critical ingredient in informed democracies, but that we have a long way to go in building that skill across our population. As we look ahead to the coming year, we tried to ascertain what themes would emerge in the library field as a response to the rapidly-changing landscape. Here are 3 emerging trends we’re seeing that warrant attention in 2017:
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: