1. Working on: Academic Personnel and the Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity (“OUD&I”, pronounced “audi”) have been developing new recruiting guidelines to support increasing faculty diversity. Together with Cheryl, Sarah, Mike, and LFC, we’ve been pouring through the 45 pp. draft and getting our thoughts together about how to smoothly align library faculty recruiting procedures with these guidelines and recommendations.
2. Excited about: The national Ithaka survey that we will be launching at the end of February. The Ithaka survey is our first faculty-focused survey in many years. It will tell us how our faculty use libraries and think about research, publishing, and information skills. Sarah is coordinating this effort, and I’m excited to say that through her efforts we’ve contributed a new dimension to this national benchmarking tool: new questions about faculty attitudes and practices related to open access and open education. More at: http://www.sr.ithaka.org/local-faculty-survey
3. Thinking about: Every so often I dip into the Long Now project, a glossy Silicon Valley-based cultural initiative whose goal is to “provide a counterpoint to today’s accelerating culture and help make long-term thinking more common.” Libraries play a huge role in long-term thinking! The Long Now project has recently added “very long term archives” into their project portfolio – check out: http://rosettaproject.org/about/
Enjoy the long holiday weekend!