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2017 ACRL Environmental Scan Released

2017 ACRL Environmental Scan Released
Every two years, the ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee releases an environmental scan of higher education, including developments with the potential for continuing impact on academic libraries. The 2017 environmental scan provides a broad review of the current higher education landscape, with special focus on the state of academic and research libraries. The document builds on earlier ACRL reports, including the Top Trends in Academic Libraries. The 2017 environmental scan is freely available on the ACRL website (PDF). A distinguished panel will review and discuss the 2017 environmental scan at ACRL 2017 in Baltimore on Thursday, March 23. The ACRL Environmental Scan Discussion Forum will take place at from 9:40 – 10:40 a.m. in Room 316 in the Baltimore Convention Center.

Posted on: March 20, 2017, 3:29 pm Category: Uncategorized

Liberals urged to scrap 19th century rule that requires laws be printed in books

Liberals urged to scrap 19th century rule that requires laws be printed in books

Government yet to decide on proposal to wean Parliament from costly paper-based publishing

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/statutes-paper-ink-print-publishing-justice-procurement-laws-foote-parliament-1.4030342

Stephen

Posted on: March 20, 2017, 10:05 am Category: Uncategorized

Lankes: Creating Better Libraries for Today’s Complex World – USC

David Lankes

Creating Better Libraries for Today’s Complex World – USC

 

 

Stephen

Posted on: March 20, 2017, 6:18 am Category: Uncategorized

4 Step Guide to Letting Go of the Past

4 Step Guide to Letting Go of the Past

https://zenhabits.net/past/
“We’re constantly struggling with the past, in so many ways:
  • Mistakes we’ve made that we regret or that make us feel bad about ourselves
  • Anger about something someone did to us
  • Frustration about how things have progressed up until now
  • A wish that things turned out differently
  • Stories about what happened that make us sad, depressed, angry, hurt
  • An argument that we had that keeps spinning around in our heads
  • Something someone just did (a minute ago) that we’re still stuck on

What if we could just let go of things have have happened, and be present with the unfolding moment instead?

What if we could let the past remain in the past, and unburden ourselves?

What is we could see that our holding onto the past is actually hurting us right now … and look at letting go as a loving act of not hurting ourselves anymore?

It can be done, though it isn’t always easy. Here’s the practice I recommend, in four steps.”

Step 1: See the Story That’s Hurting You

Step 2: Stay with the Physical Feeling

Step 3: Breathe Out, Letting Go

Step 4: Turn with Gratitude Toward the Present

Stephen

 

Posted on: March 19, 2017, 6:10 am Category: Uncategorized

ARL Releases 2014-2015 Statistics in Three New Reports and Updated Graphs/Data Files

ARL Releases 2014-2015 Statistics in Three New Reports and Updated Graphs/Data Files

http://www.infodocket.com/2017/03/17/research-libraries-arl-releases-2014-2015-statistics-in-three-new-reports/

“The full text reports discussed below are fee-based. Links to purchase are below along with highlights. Free access to an updated set of graphs and data files are also posted below.

ARL Statistics

124 member libraries in fiscal year 2014–2015. Of these, 114 are university libraries (15 in Canada and 99 in the US); the remaining 10 are public, governmental, and nonprofit research libraries (1 in Canada, 9 in the US).

ARL libraries are a relatively small subset of libraries in North America, but they account for a large portion of academic library resources in terms of assets, expenditures, and the number of users they serve. The total expenditures of all 124 member libraries in 2014–2015 were almost $4.6 billion; of that, approximately $3.4 billion was spent by the 114 university libraries and more than $1.2 billion by the nonuniversity libraries.

Spending for ongoing resources, which includes print and electronic journals, continues to skyrocket, showing a 521% increase since 1986. Over the same period, total expenditures have increased 197% and salary expenditures have increased 152%. All the data and graphs in the Statistical Trends series are available on the ARL website as open access downloads.

Report Full Text Report Purchase Info

Highlights URL

Statistical Trends (Free to Access)

ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2014–2015 Published

59 health sciences libraries at ARL member institutions in the US and Canada.

In fiscal year 2014–2015, the reporting health sciences libraries held a median of 186,049 volumes, spent a total of $235,354,367, and employed 1,645 FTE staff. Expenditures for materials and staff accounted for the bulk of total expenditures, at approximately 56% and 35% respectively. Respondents reported spending a total of $7,679,692 in one-time resource purchases and $121,666,759 in ongoing resource purchases.

Full Text Report Report Purchase Info
Highlights URL

ARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2014–2015

74 law libraries at ARL member institutions in the US and Canada.

In fiscal year 2014–2015, the reporting law libraries held a median of 461,436 volumes, spent a total of $217,487,754, and employed 1,770 FTE staff. Expenditures for materials and staff accounted for the bulk of total expenditures, at approximately 47% and 45% respectively. Respondents reported spending a total of $15,633,813 in one-time resource purchases and $82,161,233 in ongoing resource purchases.

Full Text Report Report Purchase Info
Highlights URL

 

 

Stephen

Posted on: March 18, 2017, 6:59 am Category: Uncategorized

The Economic Impact of Vaughan Public Libraries On the City of Vaughan

The Economic Impact of Vaughan Public Libraries On the City of Vaughan

Summary of Findings:

Vaughan Public Library Delivers $5.95 of Economic Impact for Every $1 Spent, for a total economic impact of over $80 million

The results of Vaughan Public Library’s economic impact demonstration clearly indicate that Vaughan Public Libraries delivers a strong Return on Investment, through the delivery of library services that enhance Vaughan’s competitiveness and prosperity and contribute to a better quality of life for all.

For every dollar invested in Vaughan Public Libraries (VPL), Vaughan residents receive $5.95 in value. This benefit results from the market value of services delivered, or direct tangible benefits and the stimulus to Vaughan’s economy from direct spending and re-spending (indirect tangible benefits).

The Economic Impact of VPL on the City of Vaughan.doc 01’15

Stephen

Posted on: March 17, 2017, 5:18 pm Category: Uncategorized

Library 2.017: Expertise, Competencies and Careers March 29, 2017

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Innovative Learning. Global Connections.
San Jose State University
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Free Web Conference on Library Careers
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Library 2.017: Expertise, Competencies and Careers
March 29, 2017
12 – 3 p.m. US Pacific Daylight Time (check your time zone)
Free and Online
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Expertise, competencies and careers are the topics of discussion for the Library 2.017 web conference coming up onMarch 29. Brought to you by the San Jose State University School of Information in partnership with the American Library Association, this free conference is a must-attend for students and professionals alike. Register Now!

Participants will learn about:

  • The skills, knowledge, traits, and expectations needed to support all types and sizes of libraries and their communities in the future;
  • The competencies necessary for information professionals to deliver critical services and resources and to thrive in today’s and tomorrow’s society;
  • How library and information science schools and professional development programs can prepare library professionals for these new competencies.

Thought Leadership
Setting the tone for the conference, the opening keynote panelists will examine educational programs and employer expectations. Dr. Julie Todaro, ALA president, will moderate the lively discussion and will also deliver the closing keynote address.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Dr. Eileen G. Abels, Dean, Simmons School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College
  • Dr. John Bertot, Professor and Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, University of Maryland
  • Valerie J. Gross, President & CEO, Howard County Library System
  • Dr. Julie Todaro, 2016-2017 President, American Library Association; Dean, Library Services, Austin Community College

Following the one-hour opening keynote session, participants will go into breakout rooms for the crowd-sourced online presentations. At the conclusion of the concurrent sessions, attendees will join the closing keynote session on Todaro’s ALA presidential initiative, “Libraries Transform: The Expert in the Library.”

Join the Discussion
What skills and competencies do you believe are important for today’s and tomorrow’s librarians? What positions will librarians fill over the next few years? Please consider sharing your experiences and thoughts. Presentations should be no more than 25 minutes, including time for audience questions. All sessions will be held using the Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing platform, and training will be provided. The deadline to submit proposals is March 15. View Call for Proposals.

About
The Library 2.0 Worldwide Virtual Conference series was co-founded in 2011 by Dr. Sandra Hirsh of the San Jose State University School of Information and Steve Hargadon of The Learning Revolution. Each year, the web conference features thought leaders on trending topics, providing free professional development for information professionals worldwide. Library 2.0 web conferences are open to everyone. Share your excitement using #library2017.

Register Now
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Posted on: March 16, 2017, 2:53 pm Category: Uncategorized