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From a presentation at Penn Libraries, October 2013. The challenge question: What are three tough choices academic research libraries face in support of teaching, research & learning, and how would …

From a presentation at Penn Libraries, October 2013. The challenge question: What are three tough choices academic research libraries face in support of teaching, research & learning, and how would you address them.

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  • 1. Choices Kim Eke
  • 2. Challenge: What are the 3 toughest choices academic research libraries face in support of teaching, research, and learning, and how would you address them?
  • 3. Context is important.
  • 4. Universities are under enormous pressures from within and outside the academy to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances.
  • 5. These changes call into question the value of higher education.
  • 6. Our graduates face an uncertain future.
  • 7. This has led to calls for greater affordability, transparency, and accountability.
  • 8. All of this is happening while we witness the “unbundling of education.”
  • 9. Get your content, credentialing, testing, and textbooks from the vendor(s) of your choice.
  • 10. Remix & recombine in ways that are more affordable & customized to learners.
  • 11. Technology change is rapid, relentless, & unpredictable.
  • 12. We are on a roller coaster of rising expectations while budgets have (at best) leveled off or declined.
  • 13. Sometimes you just want it all to stop...
  • 14. This is the context within which academic research libraries operate.
  • 15. Forces tugging on the university, are exerting pressure upon libraries as well.
  • 16. There is no safe space to hide. This is the “new normal.”
  • 17. The predictions are dire. Pundits & prognosticators tell us most institutions will not survive.
  • 18. ? How do we survive in this time of rapid change? (Especially when we have full time jobs already.)
  • 19. When there is no sun, we can see the evening stars. - Heraclitus
  • 20. The fact that you may not see all aspects of your current situation, does not mean they don’t exist.
  • 21. The sun represents the traditional, the familiar. The stars represent less obvious aspects of our situation.
  • 22. When we look up at the night sky, perhaps new stars (or new opportunities) come into view.
  • 23. What are we not seeing in our current situation that may help us navigate this changing environment?
  • 24. A word about the sun: It’s warm & should be appreciated. We need both sun and night skies.
  • 25. Let’s return to our intrepid diver who is considering taking the plunge. Fad
  • 26. Perhaps she doubting she has what it takes. Or, she can’t swim. Or, the water is cold. Fad
  • 27. Maybe no one will notice if she just stands there for a while and then leaves... Fad
  • 28. Probably this whole swimming thing is a fad like MOOCs and digital humanities. Fad
  • 29. But what if it’s not? What if...
  • 30. Declining usage
  • 31. Declining usage Unsustainable costs
  • 32. Declining usage Unsustainable costs Viable alternatives
  • 33. Declining usage Unsustainable costs Viable alternatives Demands for new services
  • 34. Declining usage Unsustainable costs Viable alternatives Demands for new services What if all are indicators that we truly are in the midst of a major transition?
  • 35. The good news is that Penn is ahead of the game. You’ve taken a holistic, longer term view than peers.
  • 36. But it’s still going to be a challenge.
  • 37. Tough choices
  • 38. Technologies
  • 39. 1997 1999 2005 2008 2010 2011 2012 2013
  • 40. 1997 1999 2005 How will you determine into which technologies 2010 2008 to invest limited time & resources? 2011 2012 2013
  • 41. What services will you provide? Services?
  • 42. Pew Internet and American Life Project, Jan. 2013 Library Services in the Digital Age 80% Borrowing books is very important 80% Reference librarians are very important 77% Free access to computers/internet is very important
  • 43. Pew Internet and American Life Project, Jan. 2013 Library Services in the Digital Age 69% Tech “petting zoos” - likely to use 62% Redbox-like kiosks - likely to use 62% GPS in buildings - likely to use
  • 44. The scale of change confronting research libraries is unprecedented, and successfully responding will require disruptive thinking and novel solutions. -- Rick Luce, No Brief Candle
  • 45. How will you balance traditional & new services?
  • 46. Who will help you lead & manage the transition?
  • 47. How do you think differently when you have years of experience thinking in a particular way?
  • 48. It can be daunting.
  • 49. Thought Let’s do a thought experiment. experiment
  • 50. Thought Imagine that all of the conditions are perfect. experiment
  • 51. Thought You’ve decided upon a new service to roll-out. experiment
  • 52. Thought The team is on-board. The technology choice is made. experiment
  • 53. You decide to jump!
  • 54. And you fail. Utterly & completely.
  • 55. It’s ok. Come up for air. Learn from it.
  • 56. Building the future is too important to fear a little failure.
  • 57. How can we approach these challenges?
  • 58. Values
  • 59. Agency Values
  • 60. Agency Values Intention
  • 61. Agency Values Intention This is the point from which we can act to make tough choices.
  • 62. Try & assess as you go • Focus pilots on learning & do assessments • Agile approach: quick, iterative, responsive • Collect & publish data • Stories of real people Focus on learnin g
  • 63. Try & assess as you go • Focus pilots on learning & do assessments • Agile approach: quick, iterative, responsive • Collect & publish data • Stories of real people Dashboards Videos Focus on learnin g
  • 64. Make friends • Collaborate • Look up & cross institutional boundaries • Expand & leverage your network Radica l collab s
  • 65. Make friends • Collaborate • Look up & cross institutional boundaries • Expand & leverage your network MOOC Research Streaming VIPs Radica l collab s
  • 66. Communicate • Ask & listen • Publish your work & findings • Be open & transparent Ask + li sten
  • 67. Communicate • Ask & listen • Publish your work & findings • Be open & transparent Blog Login page Ask + li sten
  • 68. If we can imagine it, we can create it.
  • 69. Thank you Kim Eke kimberlyeke@yahoo.com
  • 70. Penn Photo credits http://www.flickr.com/photos/universityofpennsylvania/6220148665/sizes/l/in/set-72157623638790070/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/universityofpennsylvania/7197925732/in/set-72157629728357460 http://www.flickr.com/photos/universityofpennsylvania/8552895416/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/universityofpennsylvania/5600446733/in/set-72157630315948732