Recasting the Narrative: Adapting and Leading the Transition to New Roles

Wendi Arant Kaspar

Abstract

As I write this editorial, I am attending SXSW EDU in Austin—not your average library conference as it focuses on trends in education more broadly (higher education and K–12) and the impacts or opportunities that emerging technologies present. My primary motivation for attending was to gain a new perspective and challenge well-ingrained mental models—in truth, to get out of a rut. The sessions definitely aligned with trends we see in education. There were several sessions on data visualization and using it for purposes of assessment and patriating stakeholders; Not surprisingly, much attention was given to media literacy and fake news, particularly as it pertains to educating students of all levels about being discerning consumers of information and advocating critical inquiry; I also attended presentations on democracy and citizenship, free speech on campus (balancing safety and cultural awareness), empowering student activists, and engaging disadvantaged students and specialized groups such as veteran students.

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