Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Dillard University Library Hours for Fall 2011 Finals

Sunday Dec 4th 1pm thru Midnight
Monday Dec 5th 730am thru Midnight
Tuesday Dec 6th 730am thru Midnight
Wednesday Dec 7th 730am thru Midnight
Thursday Dec 8th 730am thru Midnight
Friday Dec 9th 730am thru 5pm

Dillard University Library

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Winston-Salem State University News: Libraries Must Be More Engaging to its Community to Survive in Today's Culture

November 2, 2011
Library usage and funding trends nationwide are on the decline due in part to the convenience and accessibility digital information, but libraries can respond by developing stronger community engagement and involvement, according to a Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) administrator and author.

According to Dr. Mae L. Rodney, WSSU director of library services, friend raising is as important as any form of fundraising which is required for libraries to survive in the current economic downturn. Rodney is author of the new book titled Friends Inviting Friends. The book Chronicles 25 years of friend raising and captures the history of the WSSU Friends of the Library organization.  It also provides a how-to-guide for establishing such an organization, offering candid reviews of the varied fundraising events hosted over the years, as well as why organizational leadership may need to reorganize and re-strategize as required by the times and trends.

“In many environments because of declining usage, library funding nationwide is in jeopardy of being dramatically reduced.  Factors such as changing publishing trends, the rapid rise in the use of media and possibly most significant, the almost overnight explosion in the convenience and accessibility of digital information, all have caused this decline, notes Rodney.”

Rodney believes strong community involvement through the delivery of community programs such as social events including dinner events, evenings of mystery and live dramatic performances, music and dance events, art exhibits,  book sales and auctions will lead to financial support that will help libraries survive.

“Because of today’s technology society, the shift to electronic resources has many scholars and librarians worrying about the loss of a central community resource in physical libraries, whether they are at the university or public level,” noted Rodney.  “But to be successful, libraries must have to capacity to be engaging and convenient to its users and supporters."

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

NEW Information from the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment (IEA)

*NEW* Summer Flex-Time Survey: Your Opinion Counts!
The Office of Human Resources invites all faculty and staff to complete a survey regarding the University Flex Schedule (4 days at 10 hours per day) that was offered during summer 2011. The survey will close on Friday, November 11.

NSSE Webinar TODAY (Tuesday), 2pm in DUICEF 207
The most commonly reported use of NSSE results is assessment for accreditation. NSSE's Accreditation Toolkits, designed for all regional and several specialized associations, articulate the requirements and standards for each accreditor with NSSE process and items. In this session we'll show how NSSE items map to accreditation standards, discuss the potential for using NSSE data in institutional self-studies and quality improvement plans, and explore ways colleges and universities have used their results in accreditation and to measure and monitor institutional effectiveness. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss challenges and approaches to maximizing the use of NSSE results for accreditation.

CTLAT Survey Closes TODAY (Tuesday)
Complete the 2011-12 CTLAT Planning Survey to submit your feedback regarding 2011-12 faculty development opportunities.

Dr. Carla L. Morelon
Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment
Office: Rosenwald 301
Phone: 504.816.4165

Dillard University CTLAT Blog

Dillard University CTLAT Blog

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Library 2.011 Worldwide Virtual Conference - November 2 – 4, 2011

By Jennifer | October 25th, 2011 | 

One more week until the Library 2.011 worldwide virtual conference on November 2 – 4, 2011. The conference will be held *around the clock* online, in multiple time zones over the course of two days and it’s free! Thank you to the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at San José State University, the conference founding sponsor, and to conference co-chairs Sandy Hirsh and Steve Hargadon for hosting this amazing opportunity!

Library 2.011 Worldwide Virtual Conference

The Library 2.011 conference is a unique chance to participate in a global conversation on the current and future state of libraries. Subject strands include the changing roles of libraries and librarians, the increasing impact of digital media and the e-book revolution, open educational resources, digital literacy, shifts from information consumption to production (Web 2.0), multimedia and gaming spaces, libraries as community centers, the growth of individualized and self-paced learning, the library as the center of new learning models, understanding users in the digital age, assessing service delivery, and defining leadership and information professional careers in a networked and changing world.

The conference schedule is now online, with all 160+ sessions, and an individual hour-by-hour schedule calendar for all 36 time zones. Start on the Sessions and Schedule page, scroll down and click on your time zone, and browse the amazing line-up. The festivities start on Wednesday morning and last into the wee hours of the night on Thursday. Links to the live virtual rooms will be available when the conference starts. Session proposals are available to browse to help you decide which time of the day or night to join in. Hope to see you there!