With fall just around the corner, COLD has begun to organize its year of quarterly meetings, and as past chair I have to say I’m enjoying the chance to participate without chairing. The first will take place next week in San Diego (I’ll participate by phone), with the next meeting in Chico at the end of October. In addition to other agenda items, mostly ULMS-related, COLD has been firming up the charge to a new task force CRSP (COLD Resource Sharing and Preservation). CRSP will be led by Wil Weston at SDSU, and will be looking at how COLD as a system can best participate in services and networks such as WEST, Rapid ILL, and Marcive’s electronic government documents service. And STIM may be taking on the Herculean task of sifting through COLD’s Sharepoint site and building a fresh new wiki framework for system-wide collaboration via the new CSU Library Spaces site.
If you haven’t already seen the new carpet and flooring on the third floor, take a look. This project wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of selectors, collection management, facilities, and access services – staff and students alike. I especially want to thank Margaret and her team, who are on the frontlines of yet another major shift of our collections. Also exciting and also on the third floor is the latest brainstormed collaboration between the library and the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship: group study room 304 (the larger study room opposite the grad study room) is being transformed in the next few weeks into our first “One Button Studio” – a place where students (or anyone) can walk in, insert a flash drive, press a button, and begin recording their pitch. More to come on this (and check out the other news from CSI’s spring/summer update on our wiki).
Mark shared Gartner’s 2015 Hype Cycle and top technology trends with me this week. This year they are focusing on what they call ‘human machine cooperation’ and (pace Brett), ‘digital humanism‘. Paired with the New Media Consortium’s newly released 2015 Horizon Reports (there’s the basic higher ed flavor, as well as editions for libraries and museums) this is a lot of food for thought – how aligned are these perspectives and predictions inside and outside of higher education? Where would you place your bets in the coming year – autonomous vehicles? machine learning?
Do try to stay cool today – and enjoy the weekend,