When I was in Maryland, I attended the Mid-Atlantic Educause meetings. Like those meetings the SER one was focused and pragmatic–useful. It was great to get connected with some more folks in the SE. I’m also always amazed at the people one meets from one’s own institution at events such as this. In my case, I met some folks from UA that I may not have met on campus–good stuff.
Two big take-aways for me:
- Academic librarians need to get more involved in higher ed and technology focused events. Many are already, but more would benefit from networking with their counterparts at other institutions and their colleagues on the IT side of the house, as well as having an opportunity to be exposed to broader issues of teaching and learning on their campuses and within higher ed in general.
- Academic librarians and IT professionals have much to learn from each other, despite the sometimes wide gulf of cultures. There is much in common. Problems and issues relevant to both have been addressed by the other; much could be gained by being at the same table.