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Liberal arts education and the 21st century workforce

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

How does a liberal arts education remain a valid, viable and affordable pathway for millennial students?

That was the big question at last week’s conference at Wake Forest on Rethinking Success, from the Liberal Arts to Careers in the 21st century, which drew academic and student development leaders from across the country.

Conference participants talked at length about how the skills that are central to academic success are also vital to building a sustainable career in the 21st century. It is imperative that colleges and universities not only support the skills ...[more]

Thoughts on “the evolving library”

Friday, 26 March 2010

Janette Blackburn and Joe Rondinelli discuss the changing roles and forms of libraries in the March 2010 issue of Building Design & Construction. In the article, they discuss how, as readers needs change and libraries accommodate more diverse uses, space, flexibility, and acoustical control play increasingly important roles.

The Evolving Library – Building Design & Construction

Reflections on Educause – trends in higher education

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

In early November I attended the Educause 2009 conference in Denver and a series of discussions about technology and higher education. I left with three takeaways that warrant further reflection and discussion:

- What’s the relationship between the current higher education budgetary crisis and shifts in IT/ Library organizational structures and service philosophies?

- Seventy percent of scholarly research in the humanities is now being published digitally. In the transition from print to digital library collections, are academic libraries at a tipping point?

- What does the word “library” mean today? As library facilities expand to include programs for student life, student success, teaching excellence, and technology support, does the building type need ...[more]

Working with design professionals

6 March 2009

Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) Learning Spaces and Technology Workshop, Richmond, VA

Janette Blackburn AIA, LEED AP, Shepley Bulfinch

Challenges and Issues in Designing an Information Commons

Saturday, 29 November 2008

by Janette S. Blackburn, AIA, LEED AP

Challenges and Issues in Designing an Information Commons

In “Breaking Down the Barriers to Working and Learning”, Janette Blackburn discusses design approaches that reflect evolving library service models. The paper was included as a chapter in the book, “A Field Guide to the Information Commons,” published by Scarecrow Press in February 2009.

Reimagineering Special Collections

22 June 2006

American Library Association annual conference - New Orleans, LA

Janette Blackburn with North Carolina State University

Design as Catalyst: Fostering Collaboration and Community in Special Libraries

Sunday, 6 November 2005

Janette Blackburn and Carole Wedge

This article appeared in the November 2005 issue of Information Outlook.

Design as Catalyst: Fostering Collaboration and Commuinity in Special Libraries

Creating learning spaces that users can continuously redesign

22 March 2016

SCUP North Atlantic Regional Conference, New York, NY

Janette Blackburn, AIA, Shepley Bulfinch