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Charleston Library Conference 

Jan 24, 2022

Today's audio is from a Keynote Address from the 2021 Charleston Library Conference, titled "Think Different" Presented by Joy Connolly, President, American Council of Learned Societies, and moderated by Jim O’Donnell, University Librarian, Arizona State University.

Today, thanks to the gradual democratization of the university and the explosion of digital technology, knowledge (or at least information) has never been more accessible. Meanwhile, academic scholarship has grown ever more highly specialized. Many faculty in the humanities and social sciences are trying to bridge the divide in the hope of reaching more students and a broader public, but they frequently find themselves foiled by entrenched habits of curricular design, rigid faculty reward structures and hierarchies, and uneven access to resources. Joy will lay out some ways people are thinking differently — and from a scholar’s perspective, she’ll discuss how libraries advance scholarly evolution.

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