Was it coincidental timing? Two reports came out this week on the future of higher education, one from librarians at the Association for College and Research Libraries (reported by Inside Higher Ed) and another from speakers at a Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars panel discussion (reported by the Chronicle of Higher Education).
A skim through the Starfish and the Spider at the Boulder Book Store last weekend charged me up with thoughts about higher education in general and academic libraries in particular. Some of the reasons offered for the successes of fluid, barely-hierarchical–successful–organizations (e.g., Wikipedia) put in relief the stultifyingly inelastic structure of large academic organizations (at least per my experience so far).
Managing the Platform, an article by David J. Staley in the most recent issue of EDUCAUSE Review, examines similar notions and applies them directly to the higher education enterprise. Continue reading