Spring Semester Symposia Recap

This semester, Columbia University Libraries/Information Services hosted three major symposia.  While the events have passed, the conversations are still relevant!  Check out links to videos, plus browse information about speakers and panelists and their work:

New Media Education: Bits to Breakthroughs

The Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning hosted its 6th biennial New Media in Education Conference on February 1, 2013 at the Columbia University Faculty House. Since CCNMTL's first conference in 2001, these free events have brought together the Columbia community to explore how digital tools and emerging technologies can enhance teaching and learning.

The theme of the NME 2013 was “Bits to Breakthroughs,” a title that refers to how small ideas and changes in pedagogy facilitated by technology and new media can significantly enhance teaching and learning. Laurie Burruss of lynda.com and Sree Sreenivasan, Columbia’s Chief Digital Officer, gave plenary presentations. Conference sessions tackled topics like digital humanities, assessment and evaluation, new models of digital publishing, and technology tools for research. Over 200 faculty, staff, administrators, graduate students, and guests attended. Videos of sessions are available on CCNMTL's YouTube Channel

Research Data Symposium

On Wednesday, February 27, the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) teamed up with Columbia University Libraries/Information Services, Columbia’s Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering, and Elsevier to host the Research Data Symposium, which lead discussion on topics related to managing and curating research data and a variety of other research outputs.

The event featured four speaker panels – filmed by our video team and now available on Youtube here – addressing the different stages of the research data life cycle, with representatives from Columbia faculty, learned societies, research institutions, funders, and publishers examining the implementation stages, available technologies and associated challenges and engaging in lively debates on the barriers for managing, preserving and accessing research data. The event was by all accounts a great success, with 250 in-person attendees, 200 people joining the livestream online, and hundreds more joining the debate on Twitter using the hashtag #RDS2013.


10th Columbia Library Symposium: TRENDING: new opportunities in the evolving academy

On Friday, March 22, Columbia University Libraries hosted the 10th Columbia Library Symposium: "TRENDING: new opportunities in the evolving academy," which explored the changes in higher education and libraries.   The symposium focused on the idea that while libraries are being re-imagined to keep pace with evolving scholarly needs, they're also evolving to provide leadership in addressing broader institutional challenges presented by the transforming academic enterprise.

The symposium featured an impressive lineup of speakers and panelists, including keynote speaker Malcom Brown, Director of the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative who explored changes in higher education over the past decade and the implications of those changes on teaching and learning. Other speakers included Ithanka S+R Program Director Roger C. Schonfeld, several Columbia faculty members, Marta Brunner, Head of Collections, Research and Instructional Services at the Charles E. Young Research Library of UCLA, and Tracy Gabridge, Head of Liaisons for Departments, Centers and Labs at MIT.  Videos of the speakers and panels are available here. A lively extension of the sessions and discussions took place on Twitter using the hashtag #CULSymp13