The Taylor Library
In the process of rolling out this name, agora@iliff, some meaningful questions and concerns have arisen about the problematics and possibilities of this name and what it might suggest about our identity and values at Iliff. This kind of dialog is exactly what we hope for in our new spaces, so we move into this new name in the context of this ongoing conversation. Our faculty will help facilitate a targeted community discussion of why names matter, some different connotations of agora@iliff, and the rhetorics of alternative names such as academic research collective (arc@iliff) or ishi@iliff (ishi is the command verb meaning “live” in Kiswahili). More details to come, we hope you will join us.
The overlapping focal points that comprise agora@iliff are:
Ira J. Taylor Collection
Our agora@iliff team continues Iliff’s historic investment in the collection, curation, and circulation of books, journals, artifacts, and resources that facilitate the curricular and research interests of our students, staff, and faculty.
Infrastructural Technologies (IT)
We remain dedicated to implementing and supporting meaningful technologies that shape the administrative and academic work of Iliff at all levels.
The Learning Lab will focus on cultivating media capacities by providing support for course design, online instruction, research, reference instruction, and creative uses of institutional technologies to meet the administrative needs of the school. We will offer ongoing experimental workshops for staff, faculty, and students (e.g. natural language processing, relevant use of social media, information curation skills, writing moments, etc.). The Learning Lab will also house the Iliff Writing Lab, which will allow us to continue integrating writing support into course design and research capacities.
the agora team (http://agora.iliff.edu/team)