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LIS education in the 21st century : leadership, vision, and management Spiteri, Louise Jun 27, 2012

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LIS Education in the 21st Century: Leadership, Vision, and Management Louise Spiteri School of Information Management  Landscape for Academic Libraries  Association of College and Research Libraries Five-Year Goals, 1 Leverage existing research to articulate and promote the value of academic and research libraries.  Value of academic libraries  Academic libraries demonstrate alignment and impact on institutional outcomes  Develop and deliver responsive professional development programs that build the skills and capacity for leadership and local data-informed and evidence-based advocacy. Influence national conversations and activities focused on the value of higher education.  Association of College and Research Libraries Five-Year Goals, 2 Build capacity for the librarians’ role in supporting faculty development and the preparation of graduate students as instructors.  Student learning  Librarians transform student learning, pedagogy, and instructional practices through creating and innovative collaborations  Increase collaborative programs that leverage partnerships with other organizations in order to support and encourage local and national team approaches.  Articulate and advocate for the role of librarians in setting, achieving, and measuring institutional learning outcomes.  Build librarian capacity to create new learning environments (physical and virtual) and instructional practices.  Association of College and Research Libraries Five-Year Goals, 3 Create and promote new structures that reward and value open scholarship.  Research and scholarly environment  Librarians accelerate the transition to a more open system of scholarship  Influence scholarly publishing policies and practices toward a more open system. Enhance members’ ability to address issues related to digital scholarship and data management  Model new dissemination practices  Transformational Change in the Information Landscape Collection size is losing importance Traditional library metrics do not capture value to academic mission Rising journal costs alternative publishing models Alternatives to the library have faster growth and easier access Declining demand for traditional library services New client demands stretch budget and organizational culture  Building Digital Collections Ebook adoption reaching a tipping point Large-scale digital collections offer widespread, low-cost access Use restrictions and copyright are the largest obstacles to access Patron-driven acquisition models allow “just in time” purchasing  Repurposing Library Space Local print collections are large, expensive, and rarely used Avoid unnecessary duplication through collaborative storage and acquisition plans Repurpose library space to support collaborative learning  Redeploying Library Staff Tiered reference services free up librarian time Crowd-sourced reference matches supply to decreased demand Students in need of information literacy beyond “Library 101” Embedded librarians and services offer on-demand, online to students and faculty  Preparing Academic Librarians  Skills in Advocacy: Libraries in Higher Education Increased concerns about the quality and affordability of higher education. How well do colleges and universities prepare students for future and productive careers? Increased demand for public scrutiny can bring into question traditional notions of self-regulation, institutional autonomy, and peer review. Librarians must ensure that they amplify the mission of their host institutions and, ultimately, the mission of the university system at a national and international level.  Skills in Promotion: Librarians and Assessment of Learning  Articulate and promote the importance of assessment competencies necessary for documenting and Collaborate with university communicating library impact on administrators, academic staff, and student learning and success faculty from across the institution to create effective student learning and assessment of learning. Understand the value and impact of the library in relation to dimensions of student learning and success.  Skills as Educators: Engage in the Learning Process  Librarians must be involved in all aspect of the learning process, for both faculty and staff. Engagement in curriculum design and measures of assessment Information literacy should be embedded in all curricular activities. Librarians should be involved in the creation of all learning-related programs.  Skills as Scholars: Engage in Scholarly Output Increased demand for evidence-based decision making means that it is increasingly important for librarians to research their operations systematically. In institutions where librarians have faculty status, it is crucial that librarians contribute actively and significantly to scholarly knowledge. • Increased emphasis on research skills.  Skills as Publishers: Disseminators of Knowledge Librarians need to be increasingly involved in the dissemination of knowledge beyond the traditional publishing model: Organizational digital repositories of knowledge created by the institution Open access journals and textbooks Integration of different aspects of a work into one site, e.g., Research articles can be integrated with primary source material, commentaries, learning objects, blog postings, etc.  Skills as Technologists: Technological Fearlessness In a rapidly-changing technological environment, it is difficult to teach the current tools in two-year programs. Education must go beyond teaching how to use the tools, but how to apply them to serve the mission of the library and its parent institution. Librarians need to have a fearless approach towards technological innovation and to be self-motivated to learn how new tools work and how they can be applied.  Vision, Leadership, and Management  Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Management, which includes programs in Business, Public Administration, Information Management, Marine Affairs and Resource and Environmental Studies, offers a holistic and values-based approach to management education and research. Our vision is to be the acknowledged centre of values-based management whose graduates become private sector, public sector and civil society leaders who manage with integrity, focus on sustainability and make things happen.  The School of Information Management, in the Faculty of Management, develops and nurtures dynamic, innovative, and practical information professionals who are skilled in the management of information and technology, and who provide leadership and vision in a knowledge-based society. In collaboration with clients and stakeholders, graduates will promote and advocate the values-based concepts of sustainability and social responsibility in the management of knowledge and information. The School advances the discipline of Information Management by pursuing creative multidisciplinary research.  Further Information School of Information Management  Louise Spiteri  References ACRL. (2011). ACRL plan for excellence. Retrieved from Brown, K., & Malenfant, K. J. (2012). Connect, collaborate, and communicate: A report from the value of academic libraries summits. Retrieved from Dillon, A. (2007). Accelerating learning & discovery: Refining the role of academic librarians. Retrieved from Kennedy, M. R., & Brancolini, K. R. (2012). Academic librarian research: A survey of attitudes, involvement, and perceived capabilities. College & Research Libraries (pre-print). Ridley, M. (2012, May 28). Librarians, crisis, higher education: The real challenge. Posted to Exploring the information ecology. Retrieved from University Leadership Council. (2011). Redefining the academic library: Managing the migration to digital information services. Retrieved from  Sources for images  


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