Back to the FutureCast: globalization and higher education

This is the third in a series summarizing our recent meeting FutureCast: Shaping Research Libraries in a Networked Age. You can refer to previous postings for more information. Our third plenary speaker was Ben Wildavsky from the Kauffman Foundation, speaking on the future of higher education. Ben is the author of the recently published book …

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Back to the FutureCast: introduction

For three days earlier this month, (June 8-10) close to 100 thought leaders from research libraries, archives and museums gathered at the Georgetown Conference Center to attend FutureCast: Shaping Research Libraries in a Networked Age. The meeting was well “amplified” (to steal a term from my colleague Lorcan Dempsey). In real time, we had a …

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Supporting research, and how we aren’t

OCLC Research and the UK’s Research Information Network conducted complementary studies of research support services in universities in the US and UK. Hot off the press today is a report, Supporting Research: Environments, Administration and Libraries, by John MacColl and Michael Jubb that highlights the findings. While the reports attempted library-agnosticism, this synthesis takes a …

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The Empires Fight Back – Globalization and Area Studies

Last week at our FutureCast meeting, Deborah Jakubs, University Librarian at Duke, gave us a thoughtful analysis of internationalizing education and research collections. She was commenting on Ben Wildavsky’s talk about an increasingly mobile academy, the emergence of global universities, and the role of global rankings. Deborah  put Wildavsky’s thesis about globalization and higher education …

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Enjoying New Orleans

I’m not going to ALA in New Orleans this summer, but I know many hangingtogether readers will be there. I spent nine days in New Orleans in February and wanted to share some recommendations for food, music, and other diversions. Dining: Yes, have your beignets at Café du Monde, but don’t let that dampen your …

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