Last Friday I was in San Bernardino for the quarterly meeting of the CSU council of library deans (COLD). The scenery (snow on the southern mountains) was gorgeous, and their library lively and spacious.
At COLD we had several excellent conversations. One was about the future of resource sharing within our library system – currently we borrow a lot from non-CSU libraries, but how much could we provide each other in the future that we’re getting elsewhere now? Another topic was Open Access, in all its flavors (notably shades of green and gold). Some campuses are debating whether to fund war chests to help CSU authors afford “author pays” flavors of open access. A COLD committee was formed that will develop Open Access talking points, and our COLD communications team will help package these for distribution and outreach.
One of the most exciting developments at COLD was the good discussion we had about the future of collaborative and centrally supported digital asset infrastructure. We had a clear and succinct briefing on a recommendation and timeline for replacing CSU’s DSpace system with Fedora-based digital asset systems (Islandora and Hydra), and a great discussion of the many roles these systems play for us now and could play in the future. This CSU development is also generating momentum and new opportunities for Cal Poly collaborations with the Chancellor’s Office technical team.
It’s hard not to be thinking about what could kindly be called a rocky week in higher education (from bunny-drowning in Maryland to Berkeley’s budget crisis), but I’ve also been thinking about journalism, and specifically, the bold responses of departments and schools of journalism to the radical changes that have been sweeping this field. At Berkeley’s legendary school they are now offering a journalism minor to any student through summer programs; at the University of Kansas, librarians are fully embedded in their new online masters in journalism. The relationship of journalism to ‘knowledge building” also includes what AU professor Matthew Nisbet calls “knowledge journalists.” Our own journalism department is doing exciting things, as we’re learning from our department chair (see her great suggestion for learning more about new developments in journalism education). A whole team in the library is working now to help our journalism program celebrate the 100th year of student journalism this year – a portfolio of inter-woven activities, teaching, digitization, and exhibits will culminate in their mid-October celebration.
Enjoy the weekend and Happy Valentine’s Day!