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. https://le.unimelb.edu.au
At “Taking Our Seat at the Table: How Academic Librarians Can Help Shape the Future of Higher Education,” sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries University Libraries Section (ACRL ULS), library administrators spoke up about how their institutions are looking ahead—both within and outside of the library.
Nearly all librarians (97 percent) say information literacy contributes to workforce success and more than four in five (83 percent) say it affects college graduation rates, and yet 44 percent said their library does not support information literacy as much as it should, according to a new survey from ProQuest.
The research libraries attached to Australia's art galleries are one of the nation's great cultural assets. But the National Gallery of Australia's library is losing crucial staff as 'efficiency dividends' hit home.
"It’s great that such infographics are created. Infographics are a fantastic way to draw attention of online users, and give facts not only in a more digestible, but also highly entertaining way.
Many people still perceive libraries as awesome-looking magical places, full of a scent of old paper. We associate libraries with the past and with the analog world – the world that doesn’t fit into the broadband internet connection.
It’s not true (and I think it never was). More and more libraries lend electronic books, become information hubs, but most importantly, media creation centers.
These infographics change the perspective. They show the beautiful book temples are filled not only with the past, but also with the future."
Librarians in the Shawnee Mission School District are making way for “the maker movement,” and some worry where that story is going.
Reading stories, of course, has been a big part of what Jan Bombeck does with children. “Stories, stories and more stories,” she told the school board last month.
The Ray Marsh Elementary School directory lists Bombeck as “librarian” because she is state-certified to be one. But at least four Shawnee Mission grade schools have hired “innovation specialists” to run their libraries when fall classes open.
That’s the language of the maker movement, which seeks to convert once-quiet school spaces — usually in the libraries — into hands-on laboratories of creation and computer-assisted innovation.
The movement, taking place nationwide, is more about robotics than reading.
Why not unleash the instructional leadership of librarians to foster Future Ready schools?
Future Ready Librarians is an expansion of the Future Ready initiative aimed at raising awareness among district and school leaders about the valuable role librarians can play in supporting the Future Ready goals of their school and district. Two guiding questions are central to Future Ready Librarians.
How can librarians and libraries support Future Ready schools? How can librarians and libraries become more Future Ready? Future Ready Librarians will provide resources, strategies and connections for district leaders and librarians to be able to work together to promote and implement innovative learning opportunities for students.
As a long-time academic librarian, I have spent a good part of my career teaching college students to think critically about information. For me, the recent spate of stories about large segments of the population falling for fake news stories was no surprise.
I’ve always been kind of ambivalent about LibGuides (and similar tools for helping people navigate topics in the library). If you’re not already familiar with LibGuides, here’s a quick definition courtesy of the Library Success wiki: “A LibGuide is a content management and publishing system created by SpringShare. Libraries may use LibGuides to create subject guides, course guides, information portals, or research help pages to name a few.” You can find many examples across a wide range of topics on the LibGuides Community homepage.
When Phil Sykes took over as the University of Liverpool’s librarian, he made a prediction – library use would fall as much more learning material was placed online.
Eight years on, he is happy to admit that he was spectacularly wrong: “Library visits have actually doubled since I arrived.” While growth in student numbers has played its part, it does not wholly explain this exceptional increase in library use. “Student numbers have increased by 50 per cent, but visits to the library are up 100 per cent,” says Sykes, whose two main libraries were visited a third of a million times in May alone (Liverpool has about 22,000 students).
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