The role of the Library within Universities is continually changing. eLearning is also growing globally. Libraries and eLearning are now woven together into the fabric of teaching and learning for students and educators everywhere.
This new report looks at the views of online learners—their concerns about the cost of higher education, their experiences with online learning, and their expectations for more convenient, life-based education models in the future—and the implications and opportunities for libraries.
Approaches to promoting digital humanities work varies from institution to institution — some have centers or hubs on campus or in libraries, others have coordinated programs and initiatives, and many have neither. The challenge for researchers interested in pursuing digital humanities work is to create a path forward and identify resources to help them at each stage of the scholarly process. Libraries are particularly well suited to meeting the needs of digital humanists by uniting diverse disciplines, facilitating dialogue, promoting ideals such as open access and preservation, and championing scholarly and pedagogical innovations. Indeed, we suggest that libraries can play a key role in supporting and promoting digital humanities scholarship, especially on decentralized campuses.
We very much hope that this course will be a service to the library and education community, and that it provides a relatively fun and painless way to go deeper into copyright than the average presentation or short workshop allows.
When major research libraries pooled resources in 2008 to launch HathiTrust—today one of the largest collaborative library initiatives in the world—they knew that they were on to something big. For more than a decade, the potential of digitization and digital technologies to dramatically enhance library access and preservation services had been moving from the periphery to the very center of library future-planning. Confronted on the one hand with increasing budgetary pressures and on the other with increasing demands for greater access to a broader range of collections, libraries quickly came to appreciate that the future would be not only digital, but largely shared as well. Collaboration would be essential if libraries, with limited resources, were to continue to provide traditional services and meet new service expectations. Libraries have a long history of collaboration, but examples of, and structures for, the kinds of collaboration that could truly impact library services at scale were few.
Given the importance of digital content to scholarship, institutions are increasingly developingstrategic digitization programs to provide online access to both their reference collectionsand their unique and distinct materials.
APRIL 30— The New York Public Library (NYPL) announced today a partnership with Coursera, one of the leading providers of free online education, to support their curriculum of online courses through their Learning Hubs program. Several branches will provide users with weekly in-person class discussions with trained facilitators, in addition to internet and wi-fi access.
Peter Mellow's insight:
We have been approached to include our MOOC on the French Revolution into this project. A very exciting initiative.
The success of open government data is indisputable. By empowering data scientists as well as the general public to interrogate publicly shared government data sets, we have been able to discover new trends and correlations as well as spot malfeasance. Open data affects publicly funded academic research at a governmental and funder level as well, including the types of research supported and what happens with the data collected. Nonetheless, it took a recent statement from the Public Library of Science (PLOS) to ignite the conversation about open data between individual academic researchers.
The “Copyright for Educators & Librarians” MOOC will be taught by Kevin Smith from Duke University, Anne Gilliland (formerly of OSU) from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and Lisa Macklin from Emory University. Learn more about the course and sign up for the MOOC here: https://www.coursera.org/course/cfel
By leveraging technology, we can open new doors to scholarly inquiry for ourselves and our students. Through new collaborations, we can create exciting shared spaces, both virtual and physical, where that inquiry can take place. The library is a natural home for these technology-rich spaces.
Survey results from the Hyperlinked Library MOOC 2013 pilot course revealed that participants learned "new ideas, new knowledge, and new trends." The SJSU information school plans to offer an updated version of the Hyperlinked Library MOOC in spring 2015.
A new and future-focused MOOC aimed at exploring the impact of new technologies will be offered by the San José State University School of Library and Information Science in September 2014. Registration is now open for this free online course.
Dale Askey is the Associate University Librarian for Library and Learning Technologies, at McMaster University. He also serves as Administrative Director of the Lewis & Ruth Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship.
The Public Library Association's biennial conference in Indianapolis next month will feature discussions about libraries in the digital age. But the answer to where libraries need to go in the future could be in the ancient past.