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What Students Don't Know. CHICAGO -- For a stranger, the main library at the University of Illinois at Chicago can be hard to find.

What Students Don't Know

The directions I got from a pair of clerks at the credit union in the student center have proven unreliable. I now find myself adrift among ash trees and drab geometric buildings. Finally, I call for help. Firouzeh Logan, a reference librarian here, soon appears and guides me where I need to go. Several unmarked pathways and an escalator ride later, I am in a private room on the second floor of the library, surrounded by librarians eager to answer my questions. Most students never make it this far. This is one of the sobering truths these librarians, representing a group of Illinois universities, have learned over the course of a two-year, five-campus ethnographic study examining how students view and use their campus libraries: students rarely ask librarians for help, even when they need it.

However, the researchers did not place the onus solely on students. Pragmatism vs. EdAdvisory Brd Report. The Status Quo Has Got To Go! Brad Eden Brad Eden, Dean of Library Services, Valpariso University, closed the plenary sessions with a stirring challenge to the audience.

The Status Quo Has Got To Go!

His address, entitled “The Status Quo Has Got to Go”, was extremely information-rich and was filled with a plethora of slides filled with tiny print. They will shortly be available on the conference website, and should be required reading for every academic library professional (those in other areas of librarianship will also find much that is useful in them). Eden began by saying that he wanted to make people uncomfortable, and it was clear that he succeeded. He noted that we need to be uncomfortable because the world is changing, and we will become obsolete if we are comfortable.

It is useful to view the overall picture of the library from the administrator’s perspective. States are disengaging themselves from higher education because nobody wants to pay more taxes. Here are some things that must occur: Here are things we should stop. Lumina Foundation Releases Degree Profile: A new framework for defining the learning and quality that college degrees should signify. Lumina Foundation for Education today released a proposed version of a Degree Profile, a framework for defining and ultimately measuring the general knowledge and skills that individual students need to acquire in order to earn degrees at various levels, such as associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Lumina Foundation Releases Degree Profile: A new framework for defining the learning and quality that college degrees should signify

The Degree Profile is intended to help define generally what is expected of college graduates, regardless of their majors or fields of study. Lumina will fund experiments within a variety of settings. “As part of our national goal to dramatically increase the percentage of Americans with high-quality degrees, we need a shared understanding of what a degree represents in terms of learning,” said Jamie P. Merisotis, president and CEO of Lumina Foundation. “This Degree Profile is an initial attempt at that. The co-authors of this document, which Lumina commissioned, are Clifford Adelman, Peter Ewell, Paul Gaston and Carol Geary Schneider. Standards for Libraries in Higher Education. Approved by the ACRL Board of Directors, October 2011 Print copies may be purchased from the Association of College and Research Libraries for $15.00 for a package of 10, including standard postage.

Standards for Libraries in Higher Education

Expedited shipping is available for an additional charge. Orders (along with check or money order made payable to Association of College and Research Libraries) should be sent to: Association of College and Research Libraries Attn: Standards Fulfillment 50 East Huron Street Chicago, IL 60611 To order, call 312-280-2523, or email ACRL has a history of supporting librarians in understanding and using the association’s standards and guidelines. View the archived recording of the November 9, 2011, Introduction to the New Standards for Libraries in Higher Education webcast. PDF Version of the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education Draft revision information from ALA Connect (April 2017) ACRL releases revised Standards for Libraries in Higher Education, offers overview webcast. Commission Resolution Nov 3 2011.pdf (application/pdf Object)

WASC Accreditation Redesign: Commission Resolution.