• We're Listening: Try a Textbook Listening Tour to Advance an OER Initiative

      Bell, Steven; Johnson, Ann; 0000-0003-3916-4013; 0000-0003-4021-2473 (2019-06)
      It’s little surprise that academic librarians at institutions of every size and type are launching initiatives to encourage instructors to adopt Open Education Resources (OER). Whether these programs offer incentives to faculty or simply promote the benefits of OER and other textbook affordability options, they are a win for students who save money and gain a better learning experience. The textbook affordability movement in higher education also places academic librarians in a new leadership role as they manage campus-wide efforts to promote the benefits of OER. ACRL’s “2018 Top Trends in Academic Libraries” report identifies multiple challenges to faculty adoption, such as the lack of OER resources or perceived quality, but that these are also “opportunities for librarians to cultivate partnerships with faculty in the discovery, advocacy and preservation of OER.”
    • What About the Bookstore?: Textbook affordability programs and the academic library-bookstore relationship

      Bell, Steven; 0000-0003-3916-4013 (2017-07)
      If your academic library has yet to implement a Textbook Affordability Project (TAP), odds are it will soon be a topic of discussion on your campus. Sessions on Open Educational Resources (OER) are regular fixtures at library conferences, and participation in formal and informal OER advocacy organizations, such as the Open Textbook Network (OTN) and SPARC Libraries and OER Forum, respectively, is growing rapidly.
    • What’s Google Up to Now?: Online Resources for Keeping Up with Google and Search Engines

      Bell, Steven; Krasulski, Michael J., Jr.; 0000-0003-3916-4013 (2006-09)
    • When Computers Read: Literary Analysis and Digital Technology

      Jones, Sarah; 0000-0001-5277-4559 (2012-04-19)
      The study of literature is changing in dramatic ways, stimulated by new opportunities that digital technology presents. Data visualization upends the dynamic for literary analysis, focusing not on questions stemming from a critic's personal viewpoint but on revealing and displaying connections between elements of the literary experience. The dominant association between critic and text is downplayed, replaced with associations within the text and between it and its context. The basis of interpretation shifts from reading to seeing, from qualitative analysis to quantitative. The reader's role is transformed, as well, from following the critic's path of thinking to actively exploring a network of multisensory and interdisciplinary information. The distinction between the authoritative presenter/critic and the learner/explorer is blurred. By inviting literary scholars to ask different questions for computational analysis, digital technology and visualization inspire innovative investigations and enable new insights.
    • Who Needs A Reference Desk?

      Bell, Steven; 0000-0003-3916-4013 (2007-07)
    • Why Isn't The Library Link Linking To The Library?: Academic Libraries Confront The New Competitive Marketplace

      Bell, Steven; 0000-0003-3916-4013 (2001)
      Administrative portals, e-braries, and other commercial information providers are challenging the academic library’s traditional monopoly as the campus information gateway. Are these new information marketplace competitors a threat or opportunity for academic libraries? Might they draw away the library’s user base or can they be harnessed to provide access to more and better digital collections? This document examines the impact of these new competitors, presents results from a survey of library directors about their responses to information competition, and discusses strategies library directors can use to maintain the library’s status as the user’s first choice of information provider.
    • Wikipedia: From Academic Pariah to Campus Learning Partner

      Bell, Steven; 0000-0003-3916-4013 (2016-05)