Untethering the Academic Librarian
2016 Academic Librarians’ Conference
Syracuse University
July 14-15, 2016

Big Take-aways:
Several presenters mentioned backward design/Understanding by Design
Develop a shared vocabulary for the Framework (Try to pull our learning outcomes from the current curriculum and map to the framework.)
Both speakers mentioned mobile, flexible, and pop-up reference “desks.”
Roam the campus and look for other places where students do research, write, and study.
Manage the present, selectively eliminate the past (set elimination goals), create the future.
We librarians are designers!
Steven Bell: Put your library out of business – come up with three ideas to make it irrelevant. Then work backwards! Start with why?

ACRL Info Lit Framework pre-conference

  • Cortland wrote outcomes for each item in the framework. They look like the old info lit standards and are not attached to the curriculum. They also did not work with faculty.
  • Good idea: Curriculum mapping in departments.
  • Librarian looked at the core classes that students have to take and then rated info lit skills as novice, intermediate or advanced. This sounds like something Logan has done with EDI and that we might be able to do with our departments. These words might help with our ADDIE project.
  • My ADDIE Project: Activity: Look at two publications and see who was published recently, look at scope and articles.
  • Where do you think you might like to publish?

Jill Hurst-Wahl
“You’re free to Roam the Campus”
Just as the campus goes through construction in the summer and maintenance, we go through maintenance by attending conferences and trying new ideas.
Outreach: Roam the campus. Need to have BIG nametags and BIG signage at outreach posts.
Look at other study places on campus … walk around campus and learn where students study. Be brave and willing to go outside your comfort zone. Set up a table in the building where student traffic is heavy and listen and learn. Talk to the custodians and secretaries. Meet students who regular come through that area. Start small.
Find the research centers on campus.
Put a librarian at CELT.—highly recommended.
Movable Library reference cart/ golf cart ?

Advice to pitch to administration:

1. Not everyone comes to the library.
2. There are study spaces in other buildings.
3. If you wander you will learn. “I don’t know, that’s why I do research.” Ethnographic research.
4. I’m willing to start small.
5. Ask for suggestions of where to go, invite on a tour together, or wander on your own.

Assessment: Can you find the stories? You can touch individual students, who then tell their families and friends, and their lives are changed.
Quantify/ keep track in LibStats.

Steven Bell
“Thinking like Ford: Designing Future-Proof Libraries”
7 ways to think like Ford:

1. Pattern Recognition… connect the dots.
2. New partners from new territory.
3. Build an emotional connection
4. Think scenario planning.
5. Be open to experimentation (exploration)
6. Escape your culture.
7. Start with why?

5 ideas for untethering:

1. Library service point as fortress is dead. Go lightweight. Put it on wheels and be mobile, flexible and pop-up.
2. Work from Home. Ask me how! 1 day per week = More energized, more productive, happier workers. You also need to “untether from a mental space too!”
3. Beeper – cell phone – Research emergency library needed stat!
4. New library at Temple in 2018 will have more visible offices for librarians.
5. Be more OPEN.