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Friday, November 6 • 2:25pm - 3:10pm
Teaching the Library to Students of Higher Education

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The growth of administration in higher education, while regrettable to many faculty members, is a fact of postsecondary life. Many managerial professionals are trained in graduate programs in higher education at major state universities and leading private institutions. This presentation reports on a course in “Scholarly Communications in the Digital Age” introduced in 2015 at one of the largest of such programs. The online course, to be offered again in 2016 via the Big Ten’s Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), features scholarly and scientific information behavior, and includes attention to the history, mission, and operations of the library. A central aim of the course is to guide students of higher education toward recognition of the library’s roles and how they are changing. There is attention also to themes like “open access” and “altmetrics,” along with study of resources from OCLC and ACRL (and from Against the Grain). The course displays the library as a location for digital innovation at a time when postsecondary administrators need to know as much as possible about the impact of technology on faculty work. Participants in the session will learn how the library can be a subject of teaching outside information schools. And they will be invited to contribute their own views about how best to represent the library in the formal study of higher education. A handout (and resource for discussion) will summarize, based on the course, the benefits of introducing scholarly communications and the library into the field’s PhD curriculum.


Steve Weiland

Professor of Higher Education, Michigan State University

Friday November 6, 2015 2:25pm - 3:10pm EST
Carolina Ballroom A, Francis Marion Hotel