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College library goes beyond the reading room

October, 2016
Open spaces: Hesburgh Library at the University of Notre Dame, newly renovated by Shepley Bulfinch, features student-friendly spaces, such as the second floor study area that overlooks the concourse below and the campus beyond. Photo: ©Barbara Johnston / University of Notre Dame

Many colleges and universities are investing millions of dollars to repurpose or even expand libraries to make room for collaborative learning, technology centers, dining areas, research support and other academic services.

Faculty use of the campus library

October, 2016
Incorporating the local: A four-story atrium in Salisbury University’s 224,000-square-foot, $117 million library features a grand staircase with the silhouette of Chesapeake Bay crabs that was designed to echo colors of the nearby ocean.

While 98 percent of librarians in a 2015 Gale/Library Journal survey wished for better communication with faculty, only 45 percent of faculty expressed the same wish.

This gap presents both a challenge and an opportunity for libraries to make a case for their usefulness to faculty, in both their teaching and scholarship.

Do rising costs equal increased efficiency?

August, 2016

To academic librarians, the serials crisis—the budget squeeze caused by the rising cost of subscriptions to scholarly journals—is old news.

Library spending on serials rose 402 percent between 1986 and 2012, according to the Association of Research Libraries, and costs for individual subscriptions rose by an average of 12 percent over the past two years alone, a Library Journal survey found. 

Academic publishing in transition

August, 2016
Many higher ed librarians say they have found new ways to navigate the journal-subscription system.

Librarians and their advocates are also pushing for systemic change: a transition away from the subscription-based model of scholarly communication and toward open access. This transition to free availability of published research is one librarians say university administrators should work to accelerate.

Sci-Hub: Piracy platform or publishing change agent?

August, 2016

Five years ago, a researcher in Kazakhstan frustrated at the inaccessibility and cost of so many scholarly journals launched Sci-Hub, a website that today provides quick, free access to 47 million articles, often by illegally bypassing paywalls.

A recent article in Science found that in a single six-month period, Sci-Hub received requests for a staggering 28 million papers.

To the publishers whose copyrights are being subverted, Sci-Hub is nothing but piracy.

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5/30/2017

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5/25/2017

Many higher education institutions still rely on inefficient, disparate systems for tracking employee time and attendance. And with workers on campus in a wide variety of jobs, it can be challenging to manage professional, union, auxiliary and student workforces, all at the same time.

Some institutions are turning to automated time and attendance solutions to address these issues, but are unsure of how this change might affect their people, processes, and organization.

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5/24/2017

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5/23/2017

In recent years, the requirements of public higher education institutions have changed drastically, increasing the pressure to modernize their IT systems.  To meet those challenges, many universities are looking at available options, including the cloud.

Pittsburg State University was faced with disparate, aging tools, requiring it to rely on manual processes that made it difficult to view data across all of its systems.  This, combined with new available technologies and the necessary change to the IT culture on campus made their change journey an adventurous one.

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5/16/2017

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