Burke Library @ SHC: Reorganization Exploration

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The purpose of this wiki is to discuss and explore ideas about the future of Burke Memorial Library as a merged library and information technology organization.


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1. Demographics (changes in student body)

    1.1. Literature Review

Cook, John. Startup social networking sites find targeted, willing helpers on campus. Seattle Post Intelligencer, November 20, 2006. [Posted 11/28/2006 BH]

Lanier, Jaron. Digital Maoism: The Hazards of the New Online Collectivism. Edge: The Third Culture. May 30, 2006 accessed: 8/4/2006 BH posted: 11/1/2006 BH

Responses to Lanier's essay accessed: 8/4/2006 posted: 11/1/2006 BH

    1.2. Discussion

So how do we intelligently and deliberately facilitate positive aspects of a new 'collectivism' yet engage students with substantive, authoritative, and credible content aimed at critical thought about serious matters of the human condition? BH

2. Economy

    2.1. Literature Review
    2.2. Discussion

3. Higher Education

    3.1. Literature Review

Cavanaugh, John C., and Christine K. Cavanaugh. (2006) Franchising Higher Education. Chronicle of Higher Education 52 (33): B20-B20. Professional Development Collection, EBSCOhost (accessed November 27, 2006). [posted 11/28/2006 BH]

MacIntyre, Alasdair. "The End of Education." Commonweal 133, no. 18 (2006): 10-14. Academic Search Premier , EBSCOhost (accessed November 14, 2006). posted BH 11/15/2006

(Alasdair MacIntyre teaches philosophy at the University of Notre Dame)

Middendorf, Joan, and David Pace. "Decoding the disciplines: A model for helping students learn disciplinary ways of thinking." New Directions for Teaching & Learning (2004): 1-12. Academic Search Premier , EBSCOhost (accessed November 14, 2006).

Laff, Ned Scott. "Setting the stage for identity, learning, and the liberal arts." New Directions for Teaching & Learning (2005): 3-22. Academic Search Premier , EBSCOhost (accessed November 14, 2006).

Wilner, Arlene. "Fostering critical literacy: The art of assignment design." New Directions for Teaching & Learning (2005): 23-38. Academic Search Premier, EBSCOhost (accessed November 14, 2006). [posted 11/15/2006 BH]

    3.2. Discussion


Article discusses a future in higher education in which application of measures similar to those utilized in the business universe to reduce costs, to improve productivity, and to increase profitability will become necessary for survival. This is a must read! [BH]

Laff (quoting Graff, Gerald "Clueless in Academe", 2003)

"Liberal learning is about how we are introduced to, engage with, and integrate into our lives . . . the 'culture of argumentation'." (p.23)

"Argumentation is central to the academic enterprise and the liberal learning endeavor."

I'm of the opinion that, in support of the classroom, the library--its books, its journals, all of its informational and knowledge resources--plays a critical role in helping students learn about where and what "the arguments" are. BH

4. Political Arena

    4.1 Literature Review

McLean, Bethany. Dems: make student loans student friendly. Fortune Magazine, November 13 2006.

Accessed 11/28/2006 [Posted 11/28/2006 BH]

    4.2 Discussion

5. Publishing

    5.1. Literature Review
    5.2. Discussion

6. Scholarship

    6.1. Literature Review
    6.2. Discussion

7. Society

    7.1. Literature Review
    7.2. Discussion

8. Spring Hill College

    8.1. Literature Review
    8.2. Discussion

9. Technology

    9.1. Literature Review

Bell, Steven. (2005) Where the Readers Are. Library Journal, 130( ):8-11. Academic Search Premier, EBSCOhost (accessed November 28, 2006). [posted 11/28/2006 BH]

Poll, Roswitha. (2001) Performance measures for library networked services and resources. The Electronic Library, 19(5):307-314. [posted 11/27/2006 BH]

Seiden, Peggy (1997) Restructuring liberal arts college libraries: seven organizational strategies. In Restructuring academic libraries: organizational development in the wake of technological change. Charles A. Schwartz, editor. Chicago : Association of College and Research Libraries, 213-231. Held by Burke Library [posted 11/27/2006 BH]

    9.2. Discussion


10. Access Services

    10.1. Literature Review

    10.2. Discussion

11. Reference & Instruction

    11.1. Literature Review

Atlas, Michel C., Wallace, Danny P., and Connie Van Fleet. "Library Anxiety in the Electronic Era, or Why Won't Anybody Talk to Me Anymore?." Reference & User Services Quarterly 44, no. 4 (2005): 314-319. Academic Search Premier , EBSCOhost (accessed November 27, 2006). [posted 11/27/2006 BH]

Simons, Kevin. (2000) The learning library in context: community, integration, and influence. Research Strategies, 17(2-3):123-132. [citation only] posted 11/13/2006 BH

Lupien, Pascal. (2006) Virtual Reference in the Age of Pop-Up Blockers, Firewalls, and Service Pack 2. Online, 30(4):14-19. [posted 11/18/2006]

    11.2. Discussion

Summary. The learning library increasingly seeks to embed information literacy "in the foundations of coursework" to provide students with repeated and varied experiences with information literacy.

Novices (i.e. students) move along the path to becoming experts by "observing how the knowledgeable members of a community act and what is valued in that community." [125]

The library is "a site for apprenticeship into the complexities of information management for students, faculty, staff and the entire campus community." [ibid]

The goal is to create a culture of inquiry and investigation (situated learning in the learning library) where the ideas of the classroom are tested in the "crucible of the contemporary information environment--with its conflicting claims, a mixture of valuable, peer-reviewd resources selected by faculty and librarians, Web-based sources of uncertain quality, and 'edutainment'." In a learning library, students become acculturated into more sophisticated research habits. [ibid]

Specific departments or programs can make the library an essential component of their lives, becoming communities of practice with library information resources.

Richer curricular integration of information literacy increases the pervasiveness of student, faculty, librarian interaction to leverage the library for learning in multiple ways--in addition to bibliographic instruction and reference desk interactions, the learning library can facilitate small groups with students and faculty; web-based instruction to elaborate on course-integrated bibliographic instruction; peer research counseling; one-on-one office apointments with librarians; impromptu "just-in-time" instruction with students in or outside the library. posted 11/13/2006 BH

12. Acquisitions

    12.1. Literature Review

Schmidt, Karen. (2004) Past perfect, future tense: a survey of issues in collection development. Library Collections, Acquisitions, & Technical Services, 28(4):360-372. [citation only] posted 11/13/2006 BH

    12.2. Discussion

Schmidt is Associate Librarian for Collections at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. U of I has an undergraduate library, a graduate library, and nearly 50 departmental libraries.

"In examining the hybrid nature of libraries, one is also struck by the opportunities that libraries now have to use their unique collections in new ways to advance scholarship and learning." [367]

I appreciate the underlying motivation--i.e. to advance scholarship and learning. What is unique about the many Burke Library collections, even as they are now constituted, and what 'opportunities' might we take advantage of 'to advance scholarship and learning'?

"Points of tension, when handled properly, often direct us to points of transformation." [364]


=> reduced resources => changing marketplace => technological change => cultural change

"The concept of what a library is has become more fluid and while it still is generally conceived of as a collection, that collection continues to mean different things to different people at different times." [366-367]

"More than a trite statement for academic libraries in particular, the library is shifting from being collection-centered to being learning centered. The significance hits at the heart of how we think about what we do in libraries and how we do it." [367]

Schmidt goes on to say that this does not necessarily mean moving away from continuing investment in library collections (print or digital). Rather, she suggests that we ought reflect on the importance of collections to the learning process and how those collections are used.

Schmidt also discusses the differences between various academic disciplines--in terms of types of resource needs and the varying importance of digital text (contrast sciences and humanities, for example)

I think it is important to stress that, when we get around to examining who our users are, we remember that one or two or three sizes do not fit all. posted 11/13/2006 BH

13. Cataloging

    13.1. Literature Review
    13.2. Discussion

14. Serials

    14.1. Literature Review

Corman, Sheila, et al. "Tools of the Serials Trade Reviews : E-journals: A How-to-Do-It Manual for Building, Managing, and Supporting Electronic Journal Collections." Serials Review 31, no. 4 (2005): 326-327. Professional Development Collection, EBSCOhost (accessed November 13, 2006). [citation only posted 11/17/2006 BH]

    14.2. Discussion

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