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Author: Carol Smith

Chief Information Officer, DePauw University

At the Helm: Leading Transformation – Report from the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) 2017 conference

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The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) 2017 conference, March 22-25, 2017, Baltimore, Maryland, featured more than 300 carefully curated conference programs to help…

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Technology is the Bridge: Report from the Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges (CLAC) Annual Conference, Pt. 2

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Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges (CLAC)Continued report from the 28th annual Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges (CLAC) conference, hosted June 14-16, 2016, on the campus of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.
by Carol L. Smith (Chief Information Officer)

The annual CLAC conference brought together more than 100 CIOs (Chief Information Officers), library directors, instructional technologists, and technology leaders who engaged through invited speakers, member presentations, and hallway conversations to discuss current issues in technology and higher education.

This is the second in a two-part series highlighting three key themes from the conference:

  • Interdisciplinary study, critical thinking, and the value of the liberal arts – Scaffolding connections between ideas, challenges, and people lies at the heart of liberal arts colleges (Read more in the first part of this series . . .)
  • Analytics and advising – Using institutional data to support students and ensure their success to graduation
  • Collaborations and partnerships – Leveraging partnerships to gain efficiencies and focus on innovation

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Interdisciplinary study, critical thinking, and the value of the liberal arts: Report from the Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges (CLAC) Annual Conference, Pt. 1

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Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges (CLAC)Report from the 28th annual Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges (CLAC) conference, hosted June 14-16, 2016, on the campus of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.
by Carol L. Smith (Chief Information Officer)

At the 2016 conference, Carol Smith (Chief Information Officer) presented a panel discussion, “Contract Negotiation Opportunities with Price Protection” and co-presented with Adam Hughes (Director of Administrative Information Systems) on “Strategic Directions and Decisions for Administrative Systems.” Carol is also a member of the CLAC Board of Directors.

The annual CLAC conference brought together more than 100 CIOs (Chief Information Officers), library directors, instructional technologists, and technology leaders who engaged through invited speakers, member presentations, and hallway conversations to discuss current issues in technology and higher education.

Conference topics ranged from using technologies in the classroom, supporting administrative systems, and scaffolding IT staff leadership development to mitigating information security and maintaining IT infrastructure and core services. But under the framework of “Technology is the Bridge,” three key themes emerged:

  • Interdisciplinary study, critical thinking, and the value of the liberal arts – Scaffolding connections between ideas, challenges, and people lies at the heart of liberal arts colleges
  • Analytics and advising – Using institutional data to support students and ensure their success to graduation
  • Collaborations and partnerships – Leveraging partnerships to gain efficiencies and focus on innovation

Read More Interdisciplinary study, critical thinking, and the value of the liberal arts: Report from the Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges (CLAC) Annual Conference, Pt. 1