DU can lead in the creation and sharing of knowledge by bringing together basic research and other forms of academic work in the arts and sciences with the practical focus of our professional schools. What are our best steps toward achieving this aim? How might we distinguish ourselves through this approach while supporting our academic core?

  • Joe

    This came from a table of library faculty and staff. (I was not part of this conversation.)

    Communication could be better. Sometimes, there is poor communication between people at different levels, such as communication between faculty and staff. Open up divisions and departments. There should be more sharing of ideas and projects with other departments. Sharing within departments could also be better. Library webpages–stop dividing the information that is geared for students/faculty/staff. Have one webpage/website that is for everyone. A lot of organizations are successfully doing team approaches across specialties. More collaboration.

  • Erik Evans

    There needs to be better collaboration between non-academic alumni professionals and faculty and staff.

    There’s an odd barrier that can develop between higher education and non-academic professionals. While values, ego, income, technical skills and other factors may form those boundaries on both sides, more collaboration needs to occur. There are alumni in the field with unique perspectives “in-the-trenches” that can use the objective perspective and objective analytical skills of academicians that is found at only a handful of top universities, like Harvard or Stanford.

    This would require much greater outreach to alumni, however, and formalizing a program, website, mobile application or something to act as the bridge or marketplace between the two.