Weekly round-up 4.8.11
“Most college library directors would order print books removed from the library if there was a robust and trustworthy way to provide access to electronic versions, according to a new study released today by the nonprofit Ithaka S+R. The same study also reveals undercurrents of doubt from the library directors about how to proceed strategically as their institutions navigate the bridge from print to electronic collections.”
Results: The time is right for the mobile web in higher education; target audiences for mobile solutions: students first, faculty and staff second; on-the-go goals: supporting campus life, marketing and branding.
One school’s plans for “advancing its digital learning environment”: “Enabled by our web, mobile, social networks and IT systems capabilities, we hope to create the best, leading-edge digital infrastructure for teaching and learning at any Canadian university.”
“Survey results from eight American colleges showed that many international students—despite becoming a larger presence on campuses every year—still struggle with discrimination and are unsatisfied by the degree to which student services helped them make the transition to the cultural and educational systems of the United States.”
“With its magnetic pull on students who might have otherwise burrowed into the stacks, Wikipedia might seem like a library's natural enemy. But to librarians at the University of Houston the popular online encyclopedia has become a valuable ally, helping to draw more eyes to their digital collections than ever before.”