This has been a short week for me, as I’ve been out of the office for a few days. Next week ExTeam will sit down for our last quarterly review of progress towards the year’s goals, so I’ve been thinking a lot about what we’ve done.
On Monday morning, we’ll all take some time together to pause and celebrate each others’ accomplishments: from improved user web interfaces to beautiful chairs with beautiful views; from more affordable learning for students, to recognizing our faculty’s scholarly achievements; from articulating our collections vision, to making it so, one book and one shelf at a time; from deeply diving into multiliteracies, to becoming partners in student entrepreneurship; from planning vaults, to planning grants.
We’ll also be taking one more look at the draft strategic plan before creating the working draft that we’ll share with the campus this fall. Your comments, questions, edits, etc. are welcome through June 30! Be sure to take a look at the proposed “strategic outcomes” and add your thoughts.
We often hear about the lack of diversity in STEM professions, so I was interested in learning about the persistent (though improving) lack of diversity in philosophy. A new web site proposes to gather up articles and books by philosophers who are women or from underrepresented racial and cultural groups, creating a “Diversity Reading List“. A related site at Georgetown University (“diversifying syllabi”) offers a summer reading list worth checking out.
What’s on your summer reading list? On mine: v. 1 of the new Ezra Pound biography, the wonderful Dao de Jing translation, “Making this Life Significant”, and a classic by Tom Burns on management of innovation.
Have a great weekend, and see you Monday morning as we celebrate our annual staff awards, and a great year together.