This year's Taiga "provocative assumptions" -
This year's Taiga assumptions are especially illuminating in light of my recent move from a teaching college to an R1. I'm becoming convinced that R1s and teaching colleges/other categories of universities are definitionally different creatures. What do you all think? How do these assumptions resonate with you and your library? - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
I'd argue that teaching colleges and R1s are fundamentally different orgs. I went to a tiny private lib arts college, and faculty were judged primarily on the quality of their instruction, the students were expected to gather post-class and weave interdisciplinary conversations from the courses they took, and student success was priority 31. Since then, Ive attended R1s and worked in R1s, and the environment is different. Priority is faculty output and grants/funding/fame. To me, the most important result.. - ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤
of this is a shift of focus away from student success/achievement/learning to a focus on faculty production. In libraries in particular, this means decisions are made this way. One major uni library dean refused to listen to requests to teach instruction because it wasnt a library/uni priority, and librarians were too busy buried in their cubicles researching. Ridiculous. - ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤
Also, re: decline in instruction librarians bc faculty see no use: if fac see no use, it's because the Instruction/outreach librarian isnt doing their job. Period. - ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤
@warmaidan - and if fac see no use of librarian, in my experience, librarian will have no business. so, to agree, we liaison librarians need to keep pushing our value 2 faculty (and teaching grad students, for them that has 'em) - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
I would definitely agree with the idea that R1s and teaching colleges seem (from my experience moving from a teaching college to an R1) to be fundamentally different. I do think the fundamental difference is in the focus of the university. Research universities, IMO, exist to produce knowledge. Teaching colleges/universities exist to share knowledge. Both are necessary - but I wonder if one produces alumni (at the Bachelor's level) who are more satisfied with their education and which one that is? - ellbeecee
Wow, what a bunch of hostile assumptions. "directors will fire people; users will do everything themselves, non-librarians will be brought in to run things, everything will be done online except socializing which will be done in the library without (presumably) librarians who are entirely useless, behind the times, and unnecessary. What is the point of this exactly? I get it that I'm provoked, but toward what end? Actually, I think I'm a) insulted and b)annoyed at evidence-free statements. - barbara fister