Melissa Laning, Emily Stenberg, John Lehner, and Pat Hawthorne
One of the most exciting and important conversations within the academic library community is the evolving role of the library in colleges and universities. Among the many scenarios that have been discussed in recent years, one constant is the continuing need for library personnel who can successfully provide information resources to members of the learning and research communities. What are the skills that current and future library professionals will need to be successful in the 21st century academic library? How will organizations recruit, retain and develop the people they need to remain vital?
- Emily Stenberg, Digital Publishing & Preservation Librarian
Melissa Vetter, Tara Baillargeon, Regina Beard, and Pat Berge
Graduate student library needs often differ from those of undergraduates and faculty. Focus groups at three separate institutions seek to better understand the needs of a user population whose demands are often great, but whose voices are not always heard. Presenters will highlight commonalities and differences in the findings, identify opportunities for libraries to better serve this population and suggest methods for taking what is learned about graduate student needs and translating them into action.
A brief overview of the HathiTrust Digital Library and its government document holdings. Vetruba will demonstrate to search for these and other public domain materials in it. He will note steps libraries can take to make these materials more readily discoverable by patrons and discuss possible impacts HathiTrust could have on physical collections in libraries.
Brian Vetruba, Makiba Foster, and Kristina Kleutghen
In a world where social media are becoming part of our daily existence in a variety of ways, Twitter is making inroads as a method for engaging students. In fact, a recent study published in the Journal of Computer Assisted Learning found a higher rate of student engagement with faculty and course material--as well as better grades--among students who were Twitter users. Kristina, Makiba, and Brian will describe a collaborative experiment in integrating Twitter into two Art History courses in the fall of 2011. They will share lessons learned and engage participants in a discussion of best practices for using this technology in the classroom.
With a decline in reference desk visits now evident at many academic libraries, librarians are experimenting with new ways to provide reference and other library services to faculty and students. Besides virtual reference and other online services, a growing trend is to provide alternative venues for librarian and patron interaction outside the library. By “setting up shop” in student unions, dormitories, and academic departments, either throughout the year or during specific times in a term (e.g. exam week), many librarians are answering patron queries in a timelier manner and in more convenient settings to the user. In short, they have brought the library closer to faculty and students. In this ...Read More
Ruth Lewis and Cathy C. Sarli