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LOEX Conference

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I am off to the LOEX-Library Instruction Conference in Dearborn, MI.

Here is a link to the sessions: http://www.loexconference.org/program/sessions.html

Here are a few sessions that I hope to attend...

The Learning Cycle: Why Library Instruction Fails to Stick and What We Can Do About It
Eric Frierson (The University of Texas at Arlington)

The Learning Cycle is a method of lesson planning based on sound educational research on how people learn. Central to this method is letting students invent the core concepts themselves - in their own words and through active experience - and then applying library terminology later, once students have made the ideas their own.

In this interactive session, attendees will experience a Learning Cycle lesson in action. We will discuss the role of the librarian in meaningful learning experiences that require students to use higher level thinking skills to come up with the things they need to know themselves, empowering them to think for themselves in the future.

This session will help every kind of library instructor, from the novice to the expert, develop lesson plans that have lasting effects on student achievement. Student-centered and student-driven learning is the only way to foster authentic critical thinking and the only way to "make it stick."

"Wow-I Can Touch That?" Using Special Collections to Expand Information Literacy
Phil Jones and Catherine Rod (Grinnell College)

Play at being a scholars...

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"Genuine inquiry is fundamentally and inescapably playful. Real research--not the pallid reading.jpgimitation of research, the soulless but correct transcription of properly-documented sources that so many college assignments require--is about discovery, exploration, and persisting in the pursuit of an answer that, once finally found, blossoms like a magician's wand--hey presto!--into a bouquet of new questions.

We need to help students rediscover their own creativity as they play at being scholars. And when I say "play," I don't mean that we should encourage them to mimic their professors and use lots of big words they don't understand, though they may well think that's what's expected. No, we need to help them understand that research is all about the interplay of ideas, the freedom of movement among disciplines and spheres of discourse, the courage to ask a question without first knowing whether it has an answer."

from "Why we should take fun more seriously" by Barbara Fister, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN -- Library Journal, 4/22/2010
Read more: http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6726981.html

horizonreport_2010.jpgCurrent Issues Coffee Club
Sponsored by Information Literacy Collaborative
Reading: Horizon Report 2010 (http://www.nmc.org/horizon)
March 30, 2010

Members of the collaborative blogged about the report in advanced of the Coffee Club. To read to go:  http://blog.lib.umn.edu/learninglibraries/

•    It is published by New Media Consortium
•    Ongoing project since 2002
•    Looks at technology that impacts teaching, learning and creative inquiry
•    It has a consistent format with three components:
o    Key trends
o    Critical challenges
o    Technologies to watch-adoption time frames
•    Not meant to be predictive--these technologies already being used but these technologies may have greater impact
•    Methodology: Advisory board to guide the process--40 members from around the world--start with list of 75 to 100 and whittle it down to 6 for report. You can see their process and discussion all on wiki
fresno.jpgWhat's an ethnographic library study and how can it inform how we provide library services?

The Reinventing Reference Collaborative invite you to explore these questions as we discuss "The Library Study at Fresno State" at the next Current Issues Coffee Club:

Tuesday, April 27, 3:00-4:30pm
Room S30A, Wilson Library
Coffee and treats will be provided

The Library Study at Fresno State: http://z.umn.edu/fresnostate

The Library Study at Fresno State provides a fascinating glimpse into how undergraduates at a large public university use and think about libraries and library services. The research was done by a team of anthropologists who used ethnographic observation techniques to study undergraduates in their "natural habitats," and examine how current library services align with the needs and desires of today's library users.
twitter2.jpg"Have you ever sent out a "tweet" on the popular Twitter social media service?  Congratulations: Your 140 characters or less will now be housed in the Library of Congress.

That's right.  Every public tweet, ever, since Twitter's inception in March 2006, will be archived digitally at the Library of Congress.

....So if you think the Library of Congress is "just books," think of this: The Library has been collecting materials from the web since it began harvesting congressional and presidential campaign websites in 2000.  Today we hold more than 167 terabytes of web-based information, including legal blogs, websites of candidates for national office, and websites of Members of Congress." (more at http://blogs.loc.gov/loc/2010/04/how-tweet-it-is-library-acquires-entire-twitter-archive/)

Seems like at the very least this could be used as an interesting anecdote to try to talk about how Libraries are changing. But seems like there could bigger teaching and learning. At the Academic Technology Showcase faculty from HIST 3611 talked about using twitter with prompts during a film and how much more engaged students were in the content. It would be interesting to see what sort of academic tweets are going on.

disabilityservices.jpgDisability Services provided a demonstration of Adaptive Assistive Technology for the University Libraries on April 13, 2010 hosted by the Diversity Collaborative.  Below on the blog are materials that were made available by the Disability Services staff.

There will be a follow up discussion on Tuesday April 20, 2010 at 11:30-1:00pm in Wilson Library S30A.  Feel free to bring your lunch.   Take a look a the handouts: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/grayjl/doc/2010/04/disability-services-workshop-for-the-libraries.html

Goals, goals, goals

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We are working on our goals. Here is a rough draft: https://netfiles.umn.edu/xythoswfs/webui/_xy-14627828_1.

Thoughts? Comments?
Did you see this list of e-journals organized by the Center for Teaching and Learning?


It might be useful to peruse when looking for assessment techniques or crafting workshops...especially for those of us who don't deal with education as a subject matter.

I was a little confused though...is the Center for Teaching and Learning linking to U of M Library resources or do they have separate subscriptions?
super_hero.jpg"Spring break is over. April is here. Those end-of-the-semester deadlines are not quite as distant as you think. And chances are your to-do list includes at least one research paper.

Ah, college research papers -- it takes most students all four years to figure out how to complete them quickly and accurately (especially through hang-overs or Red Bull jitters).

Your secret weapon? The college reference librarian.

No, seriously. And here are some reasons why:

  • They can help get you started, even if you don't understand your topic.
  • They are Google experts.
  • They have access to information you didn't even know existed."


Image from: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ecarsi/

Scholary Publishing event

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A Forum for Authors and Creators of Academic Works

Scholarly Publishing and Scholarly Values:
Choosing our Future

Wednesday, May 12, 2010
1:30-3:30 p.m.
Walter Library, Room 402

Jason Baird Jackson
Associate Professor of Folklore,
Indiana University

Jason Baird Jackson is an ethnographer whose work bridges the fields of folklore studies, cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and ethnomusicology. He is the editor of the open-access scholarly journal Museum Anthropology Review, published by the Indiana University Libraries as part of the IUScholarWorks Journals project. Jackson launched the journal after becoming dissatisfied with publisher policies while serving as editor of Museum Anthropology, published by the American Anthropological Association and Wiley-Blackwell. He was part of a group that recently published an article entitled "Anthropology of/in Circulation: The Future of Open Access and Scholarly Societies," which appeared in Cultural Anthropology and is now freely available. More about Professor Jackson...

The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with faculty members from the Academic Health Center, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Institute of Technology.

Learn more: http://staff.lib.umn.edu/communications/email/2010/jackson/

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