I’ve been talking with Russ and a few other people this week about what happens to our library survey data when we’ve finished compiling and reporting it. If we can export it and clean it up, could we then store it somewhere (our wiki, but maybe also Digital Commons?) where we – and others – could analyze and reuse it to learn more? For example, Russ grabbed the SLAC survey data from last year and used some magic, and Tableau, to analyze student satisfaction with the library by college. Not part of the standard SurveyMonkey report! Creating what Russ called “LibOpenData” – both a repository and sandbox for library data – that we could mine, correlate with other data, and ask students to play with – could be a pretty cool goal next year.
As the world of digital media has been racing forward (Netflix launched streaming video in 2007), we stored our VHS’s and weeded our DVD’s. But we haven’t, yet, found a solution we liked for providing a digital media service for the campus. This week Brett hosted a preview of Kanopy – an on-demand streaming media service that several other CSU libraries already offer to their campuses. It works on the patron-driven model that we tried a couple of years ago for eBooks (we buy only what gets used 5+ times). The content is suited to higher education (it won’t replace Netflix), and it could nicely enrich classroom (or flipped classroom) experiences with classic, international, and independent media offerings. We haven’t subscribed yet – stay tuned and ask Brett and Tim about it if you want to know more about the preview site and password/login.
I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking this week about the special issue of the Chronicle online newsletter that focused on prisons in America. The article that I’ve been thinking about is James Kilgore’s article on the six years he spent in prison. The thing that struck me was that he overcame his reluctance to talk about this part of his life; and the impact it had on him (and his readers and listeners) to do so. Is our community silent about the prisons that surround us? We had a great Cal Poly author’s event last year about research on the now-closed Tehachapi women’s prison. It turns out that the campus videographer, Matt Yoon, created a video, “Life Facing Bars,” as his senior project. I’m curious now to see what other research our faculty and students have done about prisons.
Have a great weekend,