Teaching, Research and Detractors
Part Six of an imaginary interview with the newly appointed president of the College. Note this is just for your information and amusement. Any connection to a real college president is strictly coincidental.
The route to help students and faculty understand the role of information in society is a long and difficult one. When I taught data base searching I held up a 900 page directory and said, “This is the directory of the data bases available from one source and none of them is searchable with Google.” I repeated the demonstration with two additional directories of data bases. I also showed them the paper indexes that are the source or antecedent of the electronic data bases. Some of the ways we search is based on what data base designers learned from the process of creating paper indexes and bibliographies.
A> It’s sad when people go through graduate school without learning the basic manners taught in elementary school. Dealing with people is a constant learning process. There are difficult people in every place. I just saw a training video for dealing with difficult situations. Part of the solution is diagnosis. Is there an identifiable trigger? Is the behavior endemic or epidemic? While there are more possible situations for me to deal with here, I’ll offer some of my strategies.
A>I have heard many people criticize that chancellor and I would like to believe it is an individual case and not because of the business background. I wrote an article more than ten years ago about how libraries need to think more about acting like a business. However this was more about marketing and dealing with the public, not about the financial bottom line. The for-profit colleges heavily advertise their institutions to gain more students. The College defiantly has to follow solid marketing and public relations principles. This chancellor does not have the credentials on paper to do the job. However, I have been wrong in the past concerning people without the paper credentials. These people, however, knew their limitations and strengths. They worked hard to build on their strengths to serve their institutions with wisdom and leadership.