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Jodi's Report from ACRL

Hi All,

I was able to attend the Annual Association of Colleges and Research Libraries (ACRL) Conference –“Pushing the Edge: Explore, Engage, Extend” in Seattle, WA, March 12-15.

This conference had much to offer and I was able to attend many different sessions.

I attended a pre-conference on Thursday called “Assessment Baristas: Can we start a Rubric for you?” This was part lecture and part workshop gave a good overview about rubrics construction, how they can be simple to complex, rubrics can also assist in the preparation for a class, especially if you need to do some type assessment.

Some highlights from Friday--
“We’re Not Playing around: Gaming Literate Librarians=Information Literate Students”— Chick out the Blog http://www.informationgames.info/blog/?page_id=118

“Data Literacy for Reference Librarians; or How to win at Statistical Jeopardy” was a good overview of how statistics are collected and what to look at so they can work for you.

Some librarians from MIT had a program called “Solve it!: Challenging Students Through Puzzles” This started with a library PR project that found its way to Puzzles because of the climate at MIT. Check out the communications program at http://libstaff.mit.edu/communications/tools.html and the archive of the puzzles http://libraries.mit.edu/about/puzzle/.

Friday’s session ended with the keynote speaker Sherman Alexie, which was very entertaining. (http://www.fallsapart.com/)

Highlights from Saturday—
“Creating Instruction “to go”: Maximizing Resources, Maximizing Impact”

“Finding the Fish in the Sea: Identifying, collaborating, and Sustaining Partnerships with Student Service Programs”
This panel discussion had some success working with student groups on their campus and they spoke about how they did it and how they are now sustaining the partnerships.

The All Conference Reception was held at the Experience Music Project/ Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame (http://www.empsfm.org/)
This was a cool museum that included the guitars of Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobian and some unique science fiction items.

Sunday Highlights
This invited paper was presented Robin Chase who was a cofounder and former CEO for Zipcar (http://www.zipcar.com/) Currently she is the CEO of GoLoco (http://www.goloco.org/greetings/guest)
Since this conference had an underlying theme of going green this was an appropriate speaker and she related what she does with what libraries do for their users.

The last presentation I attend was “If Fish Markets Can Do It so can We: Designing Memorable Library Experiences for Students and Faculty”
This panel presentation was very good. It gave some good ideas of users perspectives and how to meet their needs.

Some of the blogs the presenters maintain include:
Designing Better Libraries: http://dbl.lishost.org/blog/
Brain Matthews: http://theubiquitouslibrarian.typepad.com/

The closing keynote was Ira Glass from This American Life gave his keynote as if he was doing one of his radio programs and he talked about the process of the show and how they do research. (http://www.thisamericanlife.org/)

If you have any questions please let me know.
Thank you