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“Making Sense of the Future of Libraries”

“Making Sense of the Future of Libraries”

“The following article appears in the latest issue of IFLA Journal.


Making Sense of the Future of Libraries


Dan Dorner
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Jennifer Campbell-Meier
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Iva Seto
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand


IFLA Journal
Vol. 43, No. 4
December 2017


We examined five major projects conducted by library associations and related organizations between 2011 and 2016 that focused on the future of libraries and/or librarianship. We employed a sensemaking perspective as the foundation for our research. Through a sensemaking perspective, meaning is intersubjectively cocreated. Threats to identity have created triggers for organizations to reexamine the roles of libraries in their communities. This reexamination of the roles of libraries within the community creates or develops a shared context which impacts both professional identity and advocacy efforts. While it is not clear the exact shape and scope of this crisis in the library profession, it is ‘real’ in that it has been meaningfully named, interpreted and enacted. The issue has been discussed coherently and cohesively in the international library community. It is clear that there is concern, internationally, for the future of librarianship.

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Posted on: November 20, 2017, 6:28 am Category: Uncategorized

The Online Learning Efficacy Research Database launched

The Online Learning Efficacy Research Database launched

“Oregon State University Ecampus has created a database compiling research on the efficacy of online learning. The Online Learning Efficacy Research Database, which launched this week, is a searchable resource of academic studies that was created in response to skepticism about online education.

In a press release, Katie Linder, director of the Oregon State University Ecampus Research Unit, said that faculty want to see research on online learning before they invest their time in designing or teaching an online class. “We’re not here to convince faculty that online teaching and learning is always effective,” said Linder. “This database is meant to give them an opportunity to dig in and read the studies themselves and make their own assessments of the outcomes of those studies.”

A recent Inside Higher Ed survey of faculty attitudes on technology found that 33 percent of faculty agreed that online courses could achieve student learning outcomes at least as good as in-person courses. Though this figure represents a small shift toward a more favorable attitude about online learning, generally skepticism among faculty about the practice remains high.”


Posted on: November 20, 2017, 6:04 am Category: Uncategorized

Best Practices Are Dead

Best Practices Are Dead

“Imagination + Experience = Innovation

The pace of change makes it dangerous to rely on best practices. Technology is so quickly shaping the future that using only your own personal and professional experience to inform your counsel will make you look behind the times. Advisors and leaders have to be ready to build business models that don’t necessarily have a precedent, and to imagine customer and employee experiences in ways that haven’t been seen before. A good foundation of experience will serve as a great starting point. But to be truly innovative, we need to imagine how technology will transform industries in the months and years ahead.”


Posted on: November 19, 2017, 6:27 am Category: Uncategorized

Stop Worrying About Artificial Intelligence: Librarian Job Numbers To Grow

Stop Worrying About Artificial Intelligence: Librarian Job Numbers To Grow

“The following article caught my attention recently on On Firmer Ground, a blog promoting the value of law firm librarians.

It is called Will a Robot Take My Job? Study Predicts Increased Demand for Lawyers and Librarians Through 2030:

“I am an optimist by nature and I have remained skeptical of  dark forecasts which predict the future based on one dominant trend  (AI comes to mind) while ignoring multiple factors that are likely to moderate or change an expected trajectory.  Imagine my surprise and delight to read about a  recent study on the future of work that predicted that both lawyers and librarians are two of the careers  which are expected to experience increased demand through 2030. The Future of Skills – Employment in 2030 was produced as the result of a collaboration by Pearson – the educational publisher, NESTA-  a global innovation foundation and the Oxford Martin School.”

“The report even highlights the surprising inclusion that  librarians are listed in the high growth professions (…)””


Posted on: November 19, 2017, 6:02 am Category: Uncategorized

Consider using these education initiatives from Crayola and LEGO.

Consider using these education initiatives from Crayola and LEGO.

Many public libraries do and they’re worthy of investigation to provide some pedagogy and age-appropriate lessons and fun for your kids and teens.

LEGO Education

Everything from Duplo to LEGO to robotics, coding, CADCAM, and 3D printing.


“We are LEGO® Education. For more than 37 years we have been working with teachers and educational specialists like you to deliver playful learning experiences that bring subjects to life in the classroom and make learning fun and impactful. We have a wide range of physical and digital educational resources that encourage students to think creatively, reason systematically and release their potential to shape their own future.

Our solutions for teaching and hands-on learning inspire interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), targeted at preschool, elementary and middle school. These are based on the LEGO® system for playful learning combined with curriculum-relevant material and digital resources. With educational sets, lesson plans and curriculum material, assessment tools and teacher training and support, we can help you meet your curriculum objectives and provide you with the tools you need to make learning inspiring, engaging and effective.

We believe that expanding knowledge and building academic and 21st century skills will create active, collaborative, lifelong learners. Together with educators, we aim to enable every student to succeed in education and be prepared for future life challenges.”

“Learning to code through LEGO® gives students the opportunity to use a physical problem-solving tool in their coding exercises. Their code comes to life in ways they can see, hear, touch and even chase across the room.”
     Profile Jr/Sr High School, Bethlehem, NH

Crayola Education

Champion Art-infused Education in Your School or Library

“Crayola opens a world of imagination, inspiration and ideas for educators, to support creative teaching and learning. Here you’ll find everything from lesson plans to grant programs, new professional learning opportunities to a thriving community of educators who share your enthusiasm for teaching and encouraging creatively alive children.

Compelling Evidence

“Our programs are based on solid academic research into best practices for supporting the value of art-infused education, building the capacity of teacher leaders and instructional coaches, and effective professional development pedagogy. For complete information about the compelling evidence that supports our programs, we invite you to review our latest research documents.”

Introducing creatED, a New Professional Learning Opportunity from Crayola

Draw on the power of creativity to improve learning and inspire teacher leadership.


About Us

Get the latest on Crayola events, our conference schedule and learn more about our education team.


Art TechniqueArt Technique

You Can Be a Creative Champion. Yes. You.

The Champion Creatively Alive Children® grant program can help build your school’s creative capacity. Up to 20 schools will win grants this year.


Learn more about Crayola’s imaginative new professional learning programs.

  • Creativity.
  • Capacity.
  • Collaboration.
  • Change.”

Anyway, just an idea.


Posted on: November 18, 2017, 6:46 am Category: Uncategorized

New International Enrollments Decline

New International Enrollments Decline

Open Doors survey shows declines in new international students starting in fall 2016, after years of growth. This fall universities report an average 7 percent decline in new international students.

Map breaks the United States into nine regions and shows change in international enrollment for each. For Pacific region, which includes Alaska and Hawaii, enrollments were down 7 percent. For Mountain region, enrollments were down 16 percent. For West North Central region, enrollments were down 16 percent. For East North Central Region, enrollments were down 9 percent. For Mid-Atlantic region, enrollments were down 3 percent. For New England, enrollments were up 2 percent. For South Atlantic region, enrollments were down 4 percent. For East South Central region, enrollments were down 1 percent. For West South Central region, enrollments were down 20 percent.


Top 15 Countries of Origin for International Students in the U.S.

Country of Origin Number of Students in 2016-17 Percent Change From 2015-16
1. China 350,755 +6.8%
2. India 186,267 +12.3%
3. South Korea 58,663 -3.8%
4. Saudi Arabia 52,611 -14.2%
5. Canada 27,065 +0.3%
6. Vietnam 22,438 +4.8%
7. Taiwan 21,516 +1.8%
8. Japan 18,780 -1.5%
9. Mexico 16,835 +0.6%
10. Brazil 13,089 -32.4%
11. Iran 12,643 +3%
12. Nigeria 11,710 +9.7%
13. Nepal 11,607 +20.1%
14. United Kingdom 11,489 -0.9%
15. Turkey 10,586 -1%

International Students in the U.S. by Field of Study

Field of Study Number of International Students, 2016-17 Percent Change From 2015-16
1. Engineering 230,711 +6.4%
2. Business and management 200,754 +0.2%
3. Math and computer science 167,180 +18%
4. Social sciences 83,046 +2.1%
5. Physical and life sciences 76,838 +1.9%
6. Fine and applied arts 61,506 +3%
7. Health professions 34,395 +1.3%
8. Intensive English 30,309 -25.9%
9. Communications and journalism 21,913 +3.6%
10. Education 17,993 -7.6%
11. Humanities 17,561 -0.6%
12. Legal studies and law enforcement 15,306 +1.5%
13. Agriculture 12,602 +2.3%

Fall Snapshot Data

I have no idea why Canada isn’t considered abroad in this survey 😉

Top 20 Destinations for American Students Studying Abroad

Country Total Number of Students, 2015-16 Percent Change From 2014-15
1. United Kingdom 39,146 +2.5%
2. Italy 34,898 +3.3%
3. Spain 29,980 +5.8%
4. France 17,215 -5.4%
5. Germany 11,902 +8.1%
6. China 11,689 -8.6%
7. Ireland 11,071 +8.2%
8. Australia 9,536 +8.2%
9. Costa Rica 9,234 -0.8%
10. Japan 7,146 +18.1%
11. South Africa 5,782 +10.2%
12. Mexico 5,179 +9.9%
13. Denmark 4,632 +14.8%
14. Czech Republic 4,610 +12.6%
15. India 4,182 -5.8%
16. Argentina 3,847 +3.7%
17. New Zealand 3,807 +14.5%
18. Cuba 3,782 +58.6%
19. Ecuador 3,751 +0.1%
20. South Korea 3,622 +2.9%


Posted on: November 18, 2017, 6:23 am Category: Uncategorized

This paper turns any flat surface into a chalkboard

This paper turns any flat surface into a chalkboard

This paper turns any flat surface into a chalkboard

Handy for schools and libraries!


Posted on: November 17, 2017, 6:09 am Category: Uncategorized