October 16-18 Monterey Marriott
Monterey, California
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Thursday, October 18, 2018

C301 - Library: A Strategic Asset Hidden in Plain Sight

10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Kathy Harden, Professor, Electronic Services Librarian, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Anne Price, Professor/Head of Public Services, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

Harden and Price were inspired by two sessions at the 2017 Internet Librarian conference to adopt new strategies that demonstrate the value of the library as a contributor to student learning and success. Their story begins with a simple email to the vice provost requesting his approval to transfer dedicated monograph acquisition funds to purchase textbooks as library reserves. This email not only rekindled an initiative to reduce student textbook costs, but also led to invitations to speak at Deans’ Council, Faculty Council, and then to the faculty as a whole. Realizing the door was now open, and with the encouraged support of new administrators, they established new priorities: 1) illuminate hidden pathways for faculty as they explore options to find more affordable learning resources for students; 2) create information literacy portals that introduce library resources and services into all modes of delivery; and 3) eliminate barriers to deeper assessment that help frame the library’s connection to student success. Hear how they partnered with faculty to expand textbook reserves, maximize the use of existing library resources, and help faculty identify, adopt, adapt, and create open educational resources (OER); how they collaborated with faculty to incorporate info lit modules into traditional, online, and competency-based course curricula; and how they work with campus partners to expose hidden learning analytics. Full of tips on getting librarian’s roles and expertise recognized and marketing/re-educating administrators and faculty on the value librarians add to teaching and research.

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