The library & teaching & learning: reading list systems

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The library & teaching & learning: reading list systems. Reading lists appear to be the new 'must have' for UK academic libraries and a raft of new systems has entered the market. Ken's presentation at a seminar at the University of Staffordshire in December 2012 looked at some of the underlying trends in Higher Education and the current reading list offerings

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  1. 1. the library & teaching & learning: reading list systems University of Staffordshire Seminar December 2012 kenchadconsultingKen ChadKen Chad Consulting Ltdken@kenchadconsulting.comTel: +44 (0)7788 727 845www.kenchadconsulting.comTwitter : @kenchad
  2. 2. putting reading list systems into context kenchadconsultingaren’t reading lists one attempt to bring the library and teaching & learning closer together?
  3. 3. some questions (to which I still don’t have the answers)why don’t the major library systems vendors kenchadconsulting offer reading list systems?reading list systems are the new ‘must have’have for UK academic libraries. So why don’t US academic libraries seem interested?
  4. 4. putting reading list systems into context what’s happening in Higher kenchadconsulting Education?
  5. 5. a US perspective first(the themes will be common to the UK but adoption rates may differ) kenchadconsulting
  6. 6. universities are clinging to a medieval conceptof education in an age of mass enrolment. In arecent book, “Reinventing Higher Education”,Ben Wildavsky and his colleagues at theKauffman Foundation, which focuses onentrepreneurship, add that there has been kenchadconsultinga failure to innovate.[Higher education] Not what it used to be. American universities represent declining value formoney to their students. Economist 1st Dec 2012http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21567373-american-universities-represent-declining-value-money-their-students-not-what-it
  7. 7. The strategy of universities tends to be one of imitation(of the top ones) rather than innovation. This tends tosolidify past educational practice among traditionaluniversities making them more expensive but notfundamentally better from a learning standpoint. This is kenchadconsultingessentially a sustaining innovation model. online learning is theHigh qualitymajor technological disruptiveforceThe Innovative University. Changing the DNA of Higher Education from the inside out. ClaytonM Christensen and Henry J Eyring. Jossey-Bass (Wiley). 2011
  8. 8. The broader significance of MOOCs is that they are part of atrend towards the unbundling of higher education. ...universities will come under pressure to move to somethingmore like a “buffet” arrangement, under which they willaccept credits from each other—and from students who takecourses at home or even at high school, spending much less kenchadconsultingtime on campus. StraighterLine, a start-up based inBaltimore, is already selling courses that gain studentscredits for a few hundred dollars.[Higher education] Not what it used to be. American universities represent declining value formoney to their students. Economist 1st Dec 2012http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21567373-american-universities-represent-declining-value-money-their-students-not-what-it
  9. 9. Almost a third of students these days do not take anycourses that involve more than 40 pages of readingover an entire term. Moreover, students are spendingmeasurably less time studying and more on recreation. kenchadconsulting[Higher education] Not what it used to be. American universities represent declining value formoney to their students. Economist 1st Dec 2012http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21567373-american-universities-represent-declining-value-money-their-students-not-what-it
  10. 10. Higher Education Technology Trends(Gilfus Education Group 2012)Prestigious institutions will launch online experiencesdesigned to be as unique as those available to studentson campus kenchadconsulting‘Dynamic and flexible learning experience engines’ willemerge to replace learning management systemsTablets will surge as a means of delivering courses ande-learning media.
  11. 11. Higher Education Technology Trends(Gilfus Education Group 2012)E-Textbooks: 2012 will be a banner year fordigital textbooks on college and universitycampuses. Retailers are also getting into the e- kenchadconsultingtextbook game. The trend is towards not somuch e-books, as digital learningenvironments’.
  12. 12. Higher Education Technology Trends(Gilfus Education Group 2012)Open Educational Resources: Higher education isfurther along in thinking about open education kenchadconsultingresources and the kinds of things that can belicensed for use and reuse.
  13. 13. Higher Education Technology Trends(Gilfus Education Group 2012)The Online Classroom: Textbooks wont be the onlyeducational resource that will see increased online kenchadconsultingdelivery in 2012. The classroom itself will also existonline more than ever before.
  14. 14. Higher Education Technology Trends(Gilfus Education Group 2012)Campuses move to the Cloud: With so manyresources and learning opportunities movingonline, and pressed by the need to reduce ITinfrastructure costs, more and more campuses will kenchadconsultingtake advantage of the benefits provided by cloudtechnologies.
  15. 15. a UK (JISC) perspective kenchadconsulting
  16. 16. ‘seven predictions for our technology enabled universities’ Sarah Porter, Head of Innovation at JISC 5. the digital environment will provide more opportunities for institutions to provide an enhanced and customised student experience - Intelligent, data- kenchadconsulting driven systems will work with the student to support them, to analyse their learning behaviour, to propose resources that may help with areas of weakness or further develop areas of interest. ‘Seven predictions for our technology enabled universities’. By Sarah Porter. JISC Inform Issue 33 [Future technologies]. 2012 http://www.jisc.ac.uk/inform/inform33/FutureTechnologies.html
  17. 17. the library response kenchadconsulting
  18. 18. ‘With librarians poised between information andknowledge, libraries have begun to question how theycan integrate learning management systems (a.k.a. e-learning)—software that delivers and manages onlinecourses—into their daily operations. ....Moreover, theinadequacies of integrated course reserves modules—similar to the inadequacies of MARC for digital assets orserials modules for ERM—have shown that the kenchadconsultingtraditional ILS is (yet again) unable to supportthe management of learning resources’Hot Conference Cool technology. By Andrew K. Pace American Libraries. August 2004http://www.ala.org/ala/alonline/techspeaking/techspeak2004/Aug2004Conference.cfm
  19. 19. strategymaintaining the library as a vibrant enterprise worthy of support from our campuses: (a five-part strategy) 4. ‘Reposition library and information tools, resources, and expertise so it is embedded into the teaching, learning, and research enterprises. This includes both kenchadconsulting human and, increasingly, computer-mediated systems. Emphasis should be placed on external, not library- centered, structures and systems’. ‘A Model Academic Libraries 2005 to 2025’. By David Lewis. 2006 (Paper to be presented at ‘Visions of Change,’ California State University at Sacramento, January 26, 2007) https://scholarworks.iupui.edu/bitstream/handle/1805/665/A%20Model%20Academic%20Libra ries%202005%20to%202025.pdf?sequence=6
  20. 20. Organizing content to support researchand learning is at the heart of the librarysinstitutional role.A growing collection of technologies and tools can be kenchadconsultingused to more granularly organize, customize, andpersonalize the online information environment to fitprofessional, learning, and research activities.‘What Technology? Reflections on Evolving Services’. By Sharon Collins (EDUCAUSE Reviewonline). October 30, 2009 http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/what-technology-reflections-evolving-services
  21. 21. integrate with the VLEit was time for librarians to figure out a way to bewhere the students are..One place that is nearlyuniversal to the academic experience at Duke, however,is the university’s learning management system, kenchadconsultingBlackboard’Embedding library resources into learning management systemsA way to reach Duke undergrads at their points of need By Emily DalyCollege & Research Libraries News vol. 71 no. 4 208-212 April 2010
  22. 22. ‘‘Given the decentralized academic environment, facultyindependence and the abundance of web toolscommonly available today, the vision of a single coursemanagement system approach is waning. However,there are significant drawbacks to an ad hoc approach:individual faculty course web pages often don’t conform kenchadconsultingto accessibility standards, and students lack a courseportal that automatically provides all of their courseinformation through a single sign on’.Queen’s University [Canada] Library. Course Readings Working Group Report. May 2009http://library.queensu.ca/files/coursereadingsreport10June09.pdf
  23. 23. ‘There remains then a perceived need to deliver aninstitutionally coherent approach to students that alsofeeds into the library back-end processes’A Perspective on Resource List Management By Ken Chad, Ken Chad kenchadconsultingLibrary & Information Update (p.39-41). CILIP June 2010http://www.kenchadconsulting.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Perspective_on_Resourcelist_Manageemnt_CILIPUpdate_June2010.pdf
  24. 24. reading list systems kenchadconsulting
  25. 25. reading list systems: what are they? kenchadconsulting
  26. 26. Reading list systems give the user a course/module (or even week by week orthe course) view on library resources. They allow citations to be annotated (e.g.Read chapter 4 or essential reading). In an increasingly electronic/digital agelinks will be made from the reading list citation to the full text. For academic staffthey allow the maintenance of reading lists (with the ability to pull in newcitations) and ability to automatically link reading lists to library resources (in thecatalogue/discovery system).Getting academics to use the library reading list system has often provedchallenging and it is not uncommon to find that library manage the reading lists. kenchadconsultingFor a library manager point of view links to the acquisition process will be helpful(e.g. suggestions of what to buy, or where more copies are needed and usagestatistics).The reading list will typically be closely linked (e.g. embedded) in the institutionslearning environment/VLE.Reading List systems as described above appear to be a peculiarity of the UKacademic library scene. They are unlike (US centric) Course Reserve modules ofa typical US ILS (LMS)Higher Education Library Technology (HELibTech) wikihttp://helibtech.com/Reading_Resource+lists
  27. 27. reading list systems: what is available? kenchadconsulting
  28. 28. some fell by the wayside...Learnbuild kenchadconsultingList8DOpen source reading list system.List8D was part of theInformation Environment Programme funded by the JointInformation Systems Committee (JISC).
  29. 29. some are home grownLORLS (Loughborough University)LORLS (Loughborough Online Reading List System) developed bythe Systems Team at Loughborough University Library and madeavailable as open source. LORLS has been in use since June 2000and recently has gone through a complete redevelopment. kenchadconsultingMyReadingMyReading is a Computing & Library Services project to at theUniversity of Huddersfield (in development)EARL (Easy Access to Resource Lists) York University (indevelopment)
  30. 30. some take a library oriented perspectiveTalis Aspire (Talis Education Ltd.)‘Talis Aspire is a cloud-based system with over 30 customersin the UK and Australasia’. kenchadconsultingrebus:list (PTFS Europe)rebus:list is designed to manage all kinds of reading lists.Fundamental to the design is the concept of complete readinglist management aimed at supporting the entire workflow ofgenerating, maintaining, and managing reading lists.
  31. 31. others.....unilibri‘unilibri is launching in Semester 2 of the 2012/13 academic year.unilibri is a software as a service, hosted in the cloud, meaning thatwe are able to offer it for free to institutions.’Studentreadinglists‘Staff and students can create reading lists which are then made kenchadconsultingavailable on the studentreadinglists web site. The website provides acentral platform to compile, validate and share course resources.Students .. purchase their course media from different providers Thesales commission is shared with your UniversityReadinglists.co.uk (Blackwells)A Blackwells service that enables lecturers and others to submitreading list details and as a result enable ordering of books on the listfrom Blackwell
  32. 32. themes to watch contentdigital, fragmented, open, embedded pedagogy infrastructure cloud, big data, analytics consumption mobiles/tablets, social, personalised
  33. 33. www.kenchadconsulting.com
  34. 34. the library & teaching & learning reading list systems University of Staffordshire Seminar December 2012 kenchadconsultingKen ChadKen Chad Consulting Ltdken@kenchadconsulting.comTel: +44 (0)7788 727 845www.kenchadconsulting.comTwitter : @kenchad

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