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Relevance Of Academic Libraries Today


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Presentation given at Edison State College discussing ways for academic libraries to remain relevant in the 21st Century.

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Relevance Of Academic Libraries Today

  1. 1. Academic Libraries: Remaining Relevant to Today’s Students Presented by: Phenessa A. Jones, MSLS
  2. 2. Objective <ul><li>Today, we will discuss: </li></ul><ul><li>Personal and Professional Philosophy </li></ul><ul><li>People – Customer-Service Driven Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Learning – Developing Life Long Learners </li></ul><ul><li>Quality – Servant Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Library 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>What’s in It for Edison State College? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Lifelong Learning <ul><li>&quot;The new education must teach the individual how to classify and reclassify information, how to evaluate its veracity, how to change categories when necessary, how to move from the concrete to the abstract and back, how to look at problems from a new direction - how to teach himself. Tomorrow's illiterate will not be the man who can't read; he will be the man who has not learned how to learn.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>~Herbert Gerjuoy, </li></ul><ul><li> Developmental Psychologist </li></ul>
  4. 4. People <ul><li>Who are the “People”? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Community, Students, and Faculty </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Creating a customer-service/user-centered driven environment </li></ul><ul><li>Developing services that engage users </li></ul><ul><li>Bridging the social and multicultural divide by appealing to diverse populations </li></ul>
  5. 5. Cutting-Edge Services <ul><li>Serving locally and globally </li></ul><ul><li>Assistive Technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Text-Messaging Service </li></ul><ul><li>Instant Messaging Service </li></ul><ul><li>More Involved Web Presence </li></ul><ul><li>Quicker & Easier Access </li></ul><ul><li>Cyber Café </li></ul><ul><li>In-House Laptop Checkouts </li></ul><ul><li>Gaming in the Library </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive Surveys – Ask them what they want </li></ul>
  6. 6. Learning <ul><li>Multiple intelligence - Appealing to the way students learn </li></ul><ul><li>Expanding the role of the Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>Integrating cross-curricular information literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Closing the educational divide by partnering with businesses, schools, and universities </li></ul>
  7. 7. Quality <ul><li>Exercising servant leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Continuous professional development </li></ul><ul><li>Embracing change - Keeping what works, discarding what doesn’t </li></ul><ul><li>Evolving into an Academic Library 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Closing the technological divide by staying abreast and implementing current trends in education </li></ul><ul><li>Closing the digital divide by making technology available to customers </li></ul>
  8. 8. Academic Library 2.0 <ul><li>Tools more relevant to how students learn </li></ul>
  9. 9. Academic Library 2.0 <ul><li>Digitizing Collections </li></ul><ul><li>Online Learning Synergies </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive Web Presence </li></ul><ul><li>Social Networking Tools for Outreach </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Place </li></ul>
  10. 10. Expanding Role of the Academic Librarian <ul><li>Educator and Trainer </li></ul><ul><li>Information Consultant </li></ul><ul><li>Instructional Partner </li></ul><ul><li>Community Leader </li></ul>
  11. 11. Role of the Academic Library
  12. 12. What’s In It for Edison State College? <ul><li>Attracting multilingual, multicultural populations </li></ul><ul><li>Becoming more visible globally </li></ul><ul><li>Developing the whole student into becoming lifelong learners and leaders of the future </li></ul><ul><li>Offering a progressive and innovative education and experience </li></ul><ul><li>Enhancing opportunities for the community, students, and faculty </li></ul>
  13. 14. References <ul><li>Campbell, J. D. (2006) Changing a Cultural Icon:The Academic Library as a Virtual Destination. EDUCAUSE Review. 41 (1) 16-31. Retrieved February 20, 2006, from </li></ul><ul><li>Fang, X. & Kortz, L. (2005) Learning with Course Management Systems (CMS): Challenges and Opportunities for Academic Libraries. Proceedings of Chinese Society of Library Science 2005 Annual Conference. (pp.196-206) Beijing, China: Beijing Library Press. </li></ul><ul><li>Frey, T. (2006) The Future of Libraries: Beginning the Great Transformation, DaVinci Institute . Retrieved February 25 from . </li></ul><ul><li>“ Gamers Today, CEOs Tomorrow” (Jan. 2006) Career World . 36(4), p7-7, 2/3p </li></ul>