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The Changing Landscape of Library and Information Services: What Presidents, Provosts, and Finance Officers Need to Know

The Changing Landscape of Library and Information Services: What Presidents, Provosts, and Finance Officers Need to Know | Higher Education - Context & Innovation | Scoop.it

Rapidly evolving digital technologies and services are profoundly influencing the financial model supporting many colleges and universities. Institutions that rely solely on traditional solutions to address the growing challenges to the higher education business model are unlikely to thrive. Colleges and universities must identify and seize new opportunities in light of new financial challenges.

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A Century of Campus Planning: Past, Present, and Future —complimentary download from 'Planning for Higher Education'

A Century of Campus Planning: Past, Present, and Future —complimentary download from 'Planning for Higher Education' | Higher Education - Context & Innovation | Scoop.it
This article was previously published in Facilities Manager magazine as part of APPA's 100th anniversary celebration. It is shared here [pdf], for those who are not SCUP members, only through Sunday, August 24.Share your memories of the last 50 years of higher education planning on SCUP's 50th anniversary page.


"For most of its history, higher education in America was an experience that only the elite could enjoy. As a result, throughout the 19th century, higher education institutions became increasingly steeped in tradition and resistant to change. Things stayed about the same until World War II, which forced colleges and universities to face some huge challenges. For example, in 1944 the G.I. Bill enabled more than two million returning veterans to enter the higher education system.

 

'Higher education became more accessible and was no longer entirely the domain of the elite or the upper echelon,' says Persis C. Rickes, president and principal with Rickes Associates, a higher education planning firm in Attleboro, Massachusetts. 'Instead, it became the golden ticket to achieving the American Dream.' The nation’s higher education system was greatly challenged by this surge of students—in response, many institutions expanded facilities quickly, cheaply, and with minimal planning. ...

 

Going forward, most experts agree the pace of change will accelerate dramatically. Financial challenges, both capital and operational, will be the key drivers of facility planning in the future.

 

'Alternatives to the traditional higher education pipeline, such as badges and "unbundling," will lead to a reconceptualization of what it means to obtain a degree,' notes Rickes. 'While the residential collegiate experience will remain viable for some institutions, many others will be challenged to explore ways to reposition themselves in order to remain competitive, doing more with less.'”


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This article provides a bird's eye view of factors have impacted college and university planning over the past century.

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Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s curator insight, August 18, 2014 9:29 AM
MILESTONES IN CAMPUS AND FACILITIES PLANNING

1860s: Morrill Act of 1862 (Land-Grant School Act)

1890s: Columbian Exposition (showed America how beautiful and functional a planned campus can be)

1940s: World War II and the G.I. Bill

1940s–1950s: Colorado and California create space guidelines in an attempt to control and optimize campus space

1950s: Creation of the Western Interstate Commission of Higher Education (WICHE)

1950s: Brown vs. Board of Education eliminated segregated educational institutions

1960s: Richard P. Dober published his landmark book, Campus Planning

1960s: Higher Education Act of 1964 (created more access to higher education)

1970s–present: Widespread use of cars on campus (traffic and parking have enormous impacts on the campus environment)

1990s–present: Widespread adoption of the Internet and distance learning

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The Numbers Game | Data-Driven Libraries

The Numbers Game | Data-Driven Libraries | Higher Education - Context & Innovation | Scoop.it
From learning what programs are working for patrons to being able to communicate the value of libraries to legislators and stakeholders more effectively, one thing is becoming more and more clear: having reliable data and the tools to analyze it are among the keys to a successful library system. Data can help to confirm suspicions, prove hypotheses, and offer evidence for the success of library programs. It can also dash expectations or surprise sleeping biases, forcing the rethinking or reinvention of a program that isn’t living up to its potential. Data, analyzed and contextualized, can also make it easier for librarians to tell their stories to legislators and stakeholders when the time comes to make the case for library budgets.
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Data analysis is becoming more central to library management. This article gives a snapshot of what is happening on the public library front.

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Your Massively Open Offline College Is Broken

Your Massively Open Offline College Is Broken | Higher Education - Context & Innovation | Scoop.it
I wrote a thing last fall about massive open online courses (MOOCs, in the parlance), and the challenge that free or cheap online classes pose to business as us

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Clay Shirky's analysis of the state of traditional higher education--as opposed to alternatives such as MOOCs--seems to follow the logic of Clayton Christensen's disruptive innovations, but with more attitude.

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Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s curator insight, February 21, 2014 9:43 AM

SCUP–49 plenary speaker Clay Shirky has a way with words. “Most stories have focused on the lightning, on MOOCs as the flashy new thing. I want to talk about the [rotten] tree”—higher education.

[L]ike every threatened profession, I see my peers arguing that we, uniquely, deserve a permanent bulwark against insurgents, that we must be left in charge of our destiny, or society will suffer the consequences. [W]e have a lot of good ideas and a lot of practice at making people smarter, but it’s not obvious that we have the best ideas, and it is obvious that we don’t have all the ideas. For us to behave as if we have—or should have—a monopoly on educating adults is just ridiculous.

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Communication Is Key for CFOs

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This article encourages CFOs to practice proactive communication across divisional silos. The advice is equally valid for any unit that manages resources on behalf of the entire organization: IT, the library, physical plant, etc.

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Your Discipline Is a Frat | Inside Higher Ed

Your Discipline Is a Frat | Inside Higher Ed | Higher Education - Context & Innovation | Scoop.it
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Being a successful academic is a lot like Greek life, says Nate Kreuter. The basic thought is that rising through the ranks isn't just about being talented, or even about working really hard, but also about following the social norms of one's discipline.

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User Expertise Stagnates at Low Levels

User Expertise Stagnates at Low Levels | Higher Education - Context & Innovation | Scoop.it
Learning is hard work, and users don't want to do it; they don't explore the user interface and don't know about most features.
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User interfaces are often inordinately complex and convoluted, and trying to move users beyond minimalist learning is an uphill battle. All of us who have a hand in design would do well to listen.

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Beyond Anecdote | Inside Higher Ed

Beyond Anecdote | Inside Higher Ed | Higher Education - Context & Innovation | Scoop.it
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Higher education leaders need to guard against making decisions on the basis of a limited amount of anecdotal evidence. Communication and marketing professionals need to be proactive in gathering and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data in order to be able to respond to the pressure to manage by anecdote.

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Radical Change in Library Assessment Called for by Elliott Shore at Northumbria Conference | Association of Research Libraries® | ARL®

Radical Change in Library Assessment Called for by Elliott Shore at Northumbria Conference | Association of Research Libraries® | ARL® | Higher Education - Context & Innovation | Scoop.it
Elliott Shore, ARL executive director, delivered a clarion call in the opening keynote address at the 10th Northumbria International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries and Information Services, held in late July in York, England.
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Statistical measures collected across the academic library industry have lost much of their significance over the past 20 years, and they weren't strong gauges of quality or impact before that. Shore's call for new measures is well justified.

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Writing to Not Print | Inside Higher Ed

Writing to Not Print | Inside Higher Ed | Higher Education - Context & Innovation | Scoop.it
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I've often been frustrated by writing something that doesn't mature into a product worth sharing publicly. This piece assures me that my experience is normal and necessary, as writing and cognition are intertwined.

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Getting Out of the Rut | Inside Higher Ed

Getting Out of the Rut | Inside Higher Ed | Higher Education - Context & Innovation | Scoop.it
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This article summarizes key points from University of Pennsylvania professor Robert Zemsky's recent book, A Checklist for Change: Making American Higher Education a Sustainable Enterprise.

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Avoiding a Logo Backlash | Inside Higher Ed

Avoiding a Logo Backlash | Inside Higher Ed | Higher Education - Context & Innovation | Scoop.it
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Here is a brief case study involving upheaval regarding the University of California's new logo. The case has implications for change management, public relations, and product testing--all within the context of higher education.

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Recruiting Talent in Higher Ed | Inside Higher Ed

Recruiting Talent in Higher Ed | Inside Higher Ed | Higher Education - Context & Innovation | Scoop.it
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Here the President of Wake Forest University describes how to recruit top talent. While he focuses on the recruitment of high-level leaders, some of the principles he shares are applicable to other types of recruitment. In addition, the article contains useful insights for those who might become candidates for high-level leadership positions.

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Why Faculty Searches Take So Long | Confessions of a Community College Dean @insidehighered

Why Faculty Searches Take So Long | Confessions of a Community College Dean @insidehighered | Higher Education - Context & Innovation | Scoop.it

"[I]t struck me that some of the reasons that faculty searches take so long that are obvious from an administrative perspective may not be obvious from the outside. So in the spirit of an attempted good-faith answer to a serious question -- and hoping not to be guilty of 'mansplaining' -- here goes. Why do faculty searches take so long?"

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Matt Reed provides insight into the lengthy process of filling vacant faculty positions at teaching-oriented institutions. The patterns that he observes serve to highlight some of the elements that distinguish higher education from other industries.

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Driving With Data: A Roadmap for Evidence-Based Decision Making in Academic Libraries | Ithaka S+R

Driving With Data: A Roadmap for Evidence-Based Decision Making in Academic Libraries | Ithaka S+R | Higher Education - Context & Innovation | Scoop.it
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This source discusses the challenges of collecting and analyzing data of strategic importance in academic libraries, and of navigating the organizational and cultural territory necessary to employ such data in effective decision-making.

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How the internet is making us poor

How the internet is making us poor | Higher Education - Context & Innovation | Scoop.it
Everyone knows the story of how robots replaced humans on the factory floor. But in the broader sweep of automation versus labor, a trend with far greater significance for the middle class—in rich countries, at any rate—has been relatively overlooked: the replacement of knowledge workers with software. One reason for the neglect is that this...
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Redouble my efforts to remain competitive in an evolving labor market, or work to ensure that economic opportunities are broadly accessible across society? This article made me want to do both.

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They're Watching You at Work

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What happens when Big Data meets human resources? The emerging practice of "people analytics" is already transforming how employers hire, fire, and promote.
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I’ve heard bits of information about the use of analytics in human resource management for some time. This article, published in The Atlantic in December, is the first really substantive discussion that I’ve read. It’s a mind-full, describing emerging practices that alternate between being intriguing and potentially disturbing.

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From Things to Conversations | Inside Higher Ed

From Things to Conversations | Inside Higher Ed | Higher Education - Context & Innovation | Scoop.it
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Librarians tend to think of scholarly articles and books as objects to be managed, retrieved, and cited, rather than as conversations. This perception reflects a disconnect between librarians and teaching faculty, and can hinder librarians' effectiveness in teaching students to use the scholarly literature effectively.

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Short on Space, Libraries Look to One Another for Solutions

Short on Space, Libraries Look to One Another for Solutions | Higher Education - Context & Innovation | Scoop.it
New partnerships are helping academic libraries to weed out their collections.
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As academic libraries face fiscal challenges, pressures to allocate space to new kinds of learning activities, and the ongoing transition to digital information, they must find ways to shrink the footprint of their print collections. This article highlights interinstitutional collaborations that seek to achieve collective management of printed library holdings.

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Implementing the Strategic Plan

http://www1.scup.org/PHE/FMPro?-db=PubData.fp5&-lay=ART&-format=read_inner.htm&-error=error.htm&ID=PUB-m5vFabkyMi0vYEcT1n&-Find

 

 

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I like to stay current in my professional reading, but I also enjoy engaging with older sources that have stood the test of time. Today I read an article, originally published in 2002, that I believe fits in the latter category. It speaks to the conditions and range of available methods that can lead to success in the implementation of a university's strategic plan. I'm currently working on a project for which this reading was quite relevant.

 

Planning for Higher Education 30, no. 4 (2002): 5–14

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The Illogical Complexity of the Walled-Garden Library | Inside Higher Ed

The Illogical Complexity of the Walled-Garden Library | Inside Higher Ed | Higher Education - Context & Innovation | Scoop.it
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Barbara Fister often produces insightful analysis of problems related to academic libraries. This blog post is no exception. It deals with topics such as the complexity of library research, open access, and the discovery of scholars' research output.

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MOOCs and Economic Reality - The Conversation - The Chronicle of Higher Education

MOOCs and Economic Reality - The Conversation - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Higher Education - Context & Innovation | Scoop.it
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Higher ed institutions can't afford to ignore economic realities. MOOCs are currently the focus of a lot of hype. While they won't singlehandledly transform the industry, they offer some hope that a quality education can be achieved at a more accessible cost.

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Elsevier Launches Open Video Journal -- Campus Technology

Elsevier Launches Open Video Journal -- Campus Technology | Higher Education - Context & Innovation | Scoop.it
Publisher Elsevier has launched a new open journal on gastrointestinal endoscopy that includes videos with each article.
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Scholarly journals trace their history at least as far back as the 17th century. The journals that I've read in the past 20 years have mostly consisted of text, occasionally interrupted by an image, a chart, a data table, or some other visual aid. As described in the article, Elsevier has launched a combined online journal and encyclopedia with video content at its core. That's an interesting innovation. But with the subject matter being GI endoscopy, you won't catch me reading/viewing it.

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Leadership, Prayers and Poetry | Inside Higher Ed

Leadership, Prayers and Poetry | Inside Higher Ed | Higher Education - Context & Innovation | Scoop.it
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This is a somewhat unusual piece about the emotional/spiritual side of leadership and management in higher education, written by the president of Ursinus College.

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Tacit Knowledge and the Student Researcher | Inside Higher Ed

Tacit Knowledge and the Student Researcher | Inside Higher Ed | Higher Education - Context & Innovation | Scoop.it
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Historically, the printing of text on paper conveyed to readers key information about the nature of the text. Digital access to texts, on which many undergraduate students depend, does not convey this information as effectively. Teaching students how to research entails teaching them how to read between the lines.

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