The academic library can become a place for experiences. The future isn’t simply about digitizing our collections, but rather, it is about providing, encouraging, and staging new types of learning encounters. from Marketing Today’s Academic Library, ALA Editions

About Brian Mathews

Brian Mathews is Associate Dean for Learning & Outreach at Virginia Tech. He focuses on understanding the user experience as a way to develop more entrepreneurial libraries.

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The Ubiquitous Librarian

  • In the Act of Service: social entrepreneurship in the classroom
    How do we help make service learning activities meaningful? This is a brief story of a bushiness librarian helping students connect their actions with impact across the community.
  • Outreach is Empathy. Outreach is Entrepreneurship.
    What is social entrepreneurship and how does it apply to libraries? I explored that theme and in a paper and outline how outreach provides a means of community building and reframes librarians as conveners of social good.
  • Can instructors become unenrollable?
    Crowdsourced review sits like Koofers and RateMyProfessor have been around for years... are we starting to see their impact? Can faculty become labeled "unenrollable" if their scores are too low?