“Power, Ethics and Corporate Sponsorship: Samsung Library, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea,” a poster developed for the ACRL/NY 2016 Symposium at Baruch College, New York, NY, held December 2, 2016.
One of the most significant challenges for an academic library looking to update its facilities, services, and technology is also the most obvious: finances. In order to build an architectural gem packed with study areas and new technologies, library and school administrators may approach donors to sponsor the work. While it is common to accept donations from wealthy alumni in exchange for perks like naming rights on a building, some institutions are now looking to corporate sponsors for financial partnerships. However, when private corporations become involved in higher education, ethical concerns such as the commercialization of education are voiced by critics. Inspired by my experience studying Library Management abroad at Yonsei University iSchool in Seoul, Korea, and their esteemed Yonsei Samsung Library, this poster examines the ethics of corporate sponsorship of academic libraries and the power flexed by stakeholders as a result of the relationship.
Related research proposal document: Power, Ethics and Corporate Sponsorship in the Academic Library: Challenging the Status Quo
“The Student Project Problem: Identifying Opportunities for Use of Collections Digitized by LIS Students at St. John’s University,” a poster developed for the SUNYLA 2016 Annual Conference at SUNY Binghamton, NY, from June 8-10, 2016.
Library and Information Science graduate students at St. John’s University participate in the Academic Service-Learning (AS-L) program as a component of many of their courses. While completing an AS-L project at the Marymount Manhattan College archives in Fall 2015, I found that several semesters-worth of digitized objects were sitting in digital folders, unused and inaccessible. This poster identifies current opportunities for use of collections digitized by LIS students for their AS-L projects in academic settings, such as open educational resources and outreach to faculty.