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EDUCAUSE Now - #18 - The Power of Mentoring, The Future of Data Curation

Join host Gerry Bayne and Colleen Luckett for the August edition of EDUCAUSE Now! This month we take a look at mentoring in higher ed IT, data curation for research and libraries, and the future of higher ed in the digital age. EDUCAUSE Now is a monthly podcast, focusing on the intelligent use of information technology in higher education.  

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This episode of EDUCAUSE Now features:

Mentoring – A Conversation with Four IT Leaders
(01:42–10:20)
Shortfalls in the pool of qualified IT professionals is projected for as early as 2010. How can mentoring up and coming IT professionals help solve the coming crisis? Research has shown that a successful mentoring relationship can help one integrate into an organization; increase career satisfaction, salaries, and decrease turnover rates. EDUCAUSE Now speaks with four IT leaders who have either served as mentors, mentorees, or both:

  • Ellen Keohane, Director of  Information Technology Services at College of the Holy Cross
  • Chris O'Connor, CIO at Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Janice Thomasson, CIO for Saint Mary's College
  • Avril Grant, Manager of Client Quality Services at Queensland University of Technology

Commentary: Higher Education in the Digital Age
(10:36–14:10)
EDUCAUSE President Diana Oblinger shares her thoughts on where higher ed is headed in the digital age.

Interview: Sayeed Choudhury on the Present and Future of Data Curation
(15:27–23:20)
Sayeed Choudhury is Associate Dean of Libraries and the Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center at Johns Hopkins University. He has been involved with the Data Conservancy project, one of two pending awards through theNational Science Foundation's DataNet program. The Data Conservancy embraces a shared vision: data curation is not an end, but rather a means to collect, organize, validate, and preserve data to address grand research challenges that face society.

Music for EDUCAUSE Now:

  • "Timbucto" by Frank Crumit
  • "Crone" by Sebastian6
  • "Elements of Wishful Thinking" by Dan Tharp

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