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Archive March 2017

2016 IATUL Conference Proceedings

Thursday, 30 March 2017 11:03:15 a.m.

The proceedings of the 2016 IATUL Conference in Halifax that have copyright clearance are now available here.



NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Library Edition

Thursday, 30 March 2017 11:02:12 a.m.

The New Media Consortium (NMC), University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB), ETH Library, and the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) are jointly releasing the NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Library Edition at the ACRL 2017 Conference. This is the third edition of the NMC Horizon Report that explores the realm of academic and research libraries in a global context.

This report describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, a 15-year-old ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies poised to influence learning, teaching, and creative inquiry. Six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important developments in educational technology are placed directly in the context of their likely impact on the core missions of academic and research libraries.


ACRL Proficiencies for Assessment Librarians and Coordinators

Thursday, 30 March 2017 11:01:16 a.m.

Academic librarians face a higher education environment with increasing accountability and diminishing resources. The value of the library is no longer assumed on campus, and administrators are asked to demonstrate the library’s contribution to student success and faculty productivity.

Library administrators have responded by assigning assessment duties to librarians or creating assessment librarian positions in their libraries in order to assess library value and to create a culture of assessment. But what defines an assessment librarian? What competencies and proficiencies do they need to succeed?

The Human Element: Faculty Collaboration in an Increasingly Digital World

Thursday, 30 March 2017 10:57:52 a.m.

Like most technologies, Web 2.0 learning tools can connect or divide us. The path we choose depends on how we understand and use the tools. Since ancient times, technological advances have stoked fears (among some) that our humanism will erode when new technologies grab hold of how we interact. No less a scholar than Socrates warned us that writing words down on parchment would kill our memories. Conversely, technological advances have also been seen as life-giving and nourishing, particularly by early indigenous populations who innovated to advance agriculture and irrigation. This fundamental separation — whether technology is bringing us together or pulling us apart — is alive in the 21st century, including within U.S. higher education. Students and faculty are the most impacted.

Building Digital Capability: Building capability for new digital leadership, pedagogy and efficiency

Thursday, 30 March 2017 10:57:26 a.m.

Effective and appropriate use of technology by university and college staff is vital in providing an enhanced student experience and in realising a good return on investment in the digital environment.

Focusing upstream: supporting scholarly communication by academics

Thursday, 30 March 2017 10:56:06 a.m.

This article discusses the broad and complex funder open access (OA) policy environment in the UK and describes some of the challenges libraries face in providing frictionless services to support academic compliance. It offers a view on the actions of publishers in this policy environment, as well as outlining how strategic discussions have moved beyond the library to include the whole institution. Finally it outlines the work being undertaken at Imperial College London to develop a new OA policy and licence which could support academics and institutions with compliance and HEFCE Research Excellence Framework eligibility in a single step.


Global Perspectives on Information Literacy: Fostering a Dialogue for International Understanding

Thursday, 30 March 2017 10:52:49 a.m.

The Association of College and Research Libraries' (ACRL) Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee (SLILC) announces the publication of a new white paper, Global Perspectives on Information Literacy: Fostering a Dialogue for International Understanding. The paper includes chapters written by information literacy experts from around the world, including Africa, Canada, Europe, Oceania,

Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, and seeks to share individual international perspectives that demonstrate how information literacy is viewed, taught, and conceptualized internationally.

The Impact of Academic Library Resources on First-Year Students’ Learning Outcomes

Thursday, 30 March 2017 10:46:18 a.m.

Colleges and universities are under increasing pressure to demonstrate their contributions to students’ learning and development. In fact, over a decade ago, all of the regional accrediting agencies in the United States agreed to emphasize college students’ learning as central to the accrediting process. Under these increasingly pervasive expectations to demonstrate students’ learning, fully 85% of Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) members reported that they have a common set of learning outcomes for all undergraduates. Additionally, nearly 90% of Association of American Universities (AAU) member institutions reported using quantitative data to collect information on student learning outcomes, with 70% reporting that they had one employee or office specifically charged with developing, coordinating, or implementing assessments of student learning.

NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Higher Education Edition

Wednesday, 1 March 2017 9:38:57 a.m.

The NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Higher Education Edition is a collaborative effort between the NMC and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI). This 14th edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education. Six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important developments in educational technology are placed directly in the context of their likely impact on the core missions of universities and colleges. The three key sections of this report constitute a reference and straightforward technology-planning guide for educators, higher education leaders, administrators, policymakers, and technologists. It is our hope that this research will help to inform the choices that institutions are making about technology to improve, support, or extend teaching, learning, and creative inquiry in higher education across the globe. All of the topics were selected by an expert panel that represented a range of backgrounds and perspectives. View the work that produced the report on the official project wiki.

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OER’s Road Ahead is paved with Publisher Platforms

Wednesday, 1 March 2017 9:36:10 a.m.

Academic librarians are pleased with the progress they’ve made in leading their campuses to recognize the value of Open Educational Resources (OER). Now publishers are responding to OER with new learning platforms. It may be time for a new strategy.

Academic librarians should be proud of their progress in promoting the value of OER adoption as a benefit to students. Library-led textbook affordability projects on college campuses have grown in popularity since I first promoted,in a 2009 edition of this column, the idea of academic librarians taking the lead at their institutions to encourage a new approach I referred to as “curricular resource strategies.” The terminology didn’t catch on, but the idea of tackling the textbook pricing crisis with library-based programs to support faculty adoption of alternate learning content certainly did.


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