The Humanities

The study of humanities is an important part of helping us understand what it means – and has meant – to be human. Declining enrollments in the study of arts, history, literature, language, and philosophy at colleges and universities across the country is a real and serious problem. At a recent forum at the Aspen Institute, Drew Gilpin Faust (President of Harvard) and Leon Wieseltier (former editor of The New Republic) discuss the situation and provide instruction dialogue about the issue.

Academic Library Outreach and Promotion. What’s New?

A growing and dynamic are of study and practice for academic libraries is outreach and promotion. Academic libraries are increasingly looking for new and dynamic ways to inform and market their services and resources to the communities that they serve. Below is a short list of some of the best and most recent scholarship in this area.

Allen, M. & Rust, M. (2016). Bridging the town-gown gap: An academic library building partnerships within its communityInterface.

Allen-Overbey, T., Dotson, D., & LaBadie M. M. (2016). Bringing science to the children: Cooperation between academic and public libraries. IFLA World Library and Information Congress.

Barnett, J., Bull S., & Cooper, H. (2016). Pop-Up library at the University of Birmingham: Extending the reach of an academic library by taking “the library” to the students. New Review of Academic Librarianship, 22(2-3), 112-131.

Budzise-Weaver, T., & Anders, K. C. (2016). Be our guest: Engaging graduate students through specialized outreach events. Endnotes: The Journal of the New Members Round Table, 7(1), 1-12.

Essinger, C., & Ke, I. (2016) Outreach: What works?, Collaborative Librarianship 5(1), Article 6.

Farrell, S. L., & Mastel, K. (2016). Considering outreach assessment: Strategies, sample scenarios, and a call to action. In the Library With the Lead Pipe.

Haycock, L., & Howe, A. (2016). Collaborating with library course pages and Facebook: Exploring new opportunities. Collaborative Librarianship, 3(3).

Larson, L., Stone, J., & Garcia, M. (2016). Starting from square one: Library communications from the ground up. OLA Quarterly, 21(4), 27-35.

Peacemaker, B., Robinson, S., & Hurst, E. J. (2016). Connecting best practices in public relations to social media strategies for academic libraries. College & Undergraduate Libraries, 23(1).

Ross, K., Mitchell, G., Macdonald, F. & Jones, S. (2016). UOW History Archives Portal: Collaboration between the University of Wollongong Library and the History Program to deliver innovative access to digital archives. VALA2016: libraries, technology and the future, VALA, Australia.

Singh, R. (2016). Creating engaging library experiences through effective content marketing. OLA Quarterly, 21(4), 49-54.

Van Beynen, K., Swenson, C. (2016). Exploring peer-to-peer library content and engagement in a student-run Facebook group. College & Research Libraries, 77(1), 34-50.

Wilkes, B. (2016). Let’s work out!: Getting out of the library and into new collaborations and contexts. College & Research Libraries News, 77(7), 334-337.

Free Professional Development

ALA Poster  (ca. 1918)

One of the most important parts of being a professional (in any field) is staying up-to-date with the literature and technical/hard skills required to thrive in your field.

Librarians, like all professionals, should continue to both hone their current skills and develop and learn new ones.

Additionally, library managers and supervisors may wish to use online professional development to train new support staff and para-professionals or to cross train seasoned staff.

Here are some great online (and free) professional development sites for librarians and archivists.

Connecting to Collections Care (Resources)

Digital Public Library of American (Public Library Partnerships Project)

Idaho Commission for Libraries (Continuing Education)

InfoPeople Webinars

Library of Congress (Librarians and Archivists)

OCLC WebJunction

Utah State Library (Webinars)

UW-Madison iSchool Webinars

Wyoming State Library Training Calendar
(up-to-date calendar of professional development training opportunities)




Image credit to Boston Public Library

Google and Library Websites

Like many folks who work at a smaller academic library, I wear lots of hats. One of those being the website manager. While the entire website is professionally managed by campus IT, I am responsible for minor tweaks and updates to the library page(s).

Like most folks, we use Google Analytics (GA) to track and monitor user behavior on our website. The information that can be gleaned from GA is extremely useful in the design and shaping of content. Here’s some free and recent scholarship, from the Journal of Web Librarianship, on tracking user behavior with Google Analytics on the academic library website.