Educational Technology

October 27, 2013

Libraries Staying Relevant

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:29 am

by Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed

If basic market forces are reshaping higher education, common knowledge dictates incumbents will lose market share to newcomers. But based on the discussions at a conference on sustainable scholarship here on Tuesday, no one — from faculty members to librarians — intends to play the role of the incumbent. Disaggregation, unbundling and public-private partnerships were some of the many recurring themes during a daylong brainstorming session on innovative forms of teaching and learning — themes that the almost 200 academic librarians, publishers and representatives of the private sector in attendance suggested could prevent their fields from becoming obsolete. The conference sessions were meant to focus on specifically on librarianship and publishing, but moderators regularly had to prompt panelists to return to those topics as the conversation quickly spilled into higher education as a whole. The event was hosted by the nonprofit research organization Ithaka, which promotes innovative forms of teaching and scholarly communication.

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