May 2010 Archives

Do we teach HathiTrust?

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I noticed the updated in the Monday Memo (

And it got me thinking--how do you explain this in instruction? Do you need to? Is it really just a repository or is it a catalog? Any thoughts?

When in doubt

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What do you think of this as a marketing campaign? I can't decide if I like it or not...(found at

I saw this posted in Stephen's Lighthouse ( He also includes a few good points:

  • Consider this video a warning and a learning opportunity.
  • We must be creative and innovative and focus on the learner.
  • We're not entirely there yet, but the future of learning is being discovered, now, by librarians and educators and students who experiment and share."
What do you think?
A program at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, requires freshman to pass an Information-Seeking Skills Test (ISST) during their freshman year. They complete eight online self-instruction modules, then take the web-based test of 53 items. If they don't pass or do not take the test a hold is placed on their registration. All first year students must pass and this is recorded on their transcript. This computerized, multiple-choice test was developed collaboratively by the JMU Center for Assessment and Research Studies (CARS) and JMU Libraries. It is designed to assess the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.

Would the U of MN Libraries be able to implement a similar program?

Did you see this? I am interested in how much "B-roll" footage (Thanks, Marlo) there is. I wonder if this could be used in Library instruction this fall--would the Google project be an interesting lead in to talk about Google vs. Libraries or just to get student's interest? Should we embed this in a PPT and make it available to folks?

Image from esagor via Flickr.  CC.

I recently had the pleasure of sitting in on an engaging workshop given by our Copyright Librarian, Nancy Sims, to a room full of instructors from the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology as part of our Library Faculty Seminar.  Nancy used the Turning Point clickers to have the audience interact with her throughout her presentation.  At the end of the day many participants noted that activity as a highlight for the event.

Jan Fransen, Lisa Johnston and I have been using clickers to let attendees decide the course we take to covering the content in our Google for Researchers class.  We list the possible topics on PowerPoint slides and poll the users to see what they're most interested in.

After seeing the way that Nancy used clickers I thought I'd search our Info Lit Toolkit to see if others are using the clickers to make their sessions more interactive.  When I searched for "clickers" the only things that came back were my own Google for Researchers slides.

So I'm curious to know -- are others using clickers?  If so how are you using them--assessment? interactivity?    If you're not using clickers what are the stumbling blocks?  Do instruction librarians feel supported enough with this technology?

I'd love to get more ideas. If you do have example clicker slides why not put them in the Info Lit Toolkit and tag them "clickers"?  Your use may inspire someone else!

UThink.jpg"UThink: Blogging and Beyond," a presentation highlighting multiple features of UThink Blogs, a service for the University community, is scheduled for 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, June 2, in 402 Walter Library.

UThink, a service offered by the University Libraries with support from the Office of Information Technology (OIT), is intended to aid in teaching and learning, scholarly communication, and individual expression, and provide support for personal, curricular, and scholarly communications conducted by the University community. The service is available to any current faculty, student, or staff member of the Twin Cities campus.

The event will focus on the various uses for UThink, including blogging and less well-known, unique uses the service can provide in an academic setting. Presentations by UThink site creators from the College of Education and Human Development, School of Public Health and the Humphrey Institute are planned. Attendees also will have an opportunity to ask questions of the panel. Refreshments will be served.

Those interested in attending the event should R.S.V.P. via The event also will be available via UMConnect at

For more information about UThink, visit
May 17th was World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, held in Shanghai China this year. From their website at  --"The purpose of the WTISD is to help raise awareness of the possibilities of that the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) can bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide.

One of WTISD's Calls for Action in 2010 was:

  • Connect all institutions, in particular schools, in urban areas. Schools are community hubs, a place of learning and accessibility. By connecting schools we connect youth as well as others in the community to knowledge and information, leading to employment and social and economic development. Connected schools can serve as a point of service for underserved groups in the community, including women, persons with disabilities and aboriginal peoples.

    Call for action: ITU Member States, Sector Members and partners are urged to help connect all schools by 2015:
  • Make connecting schools a priority or formal requirement in the disbursement of Universal Service Funds.
  • Include school connectivity requirements directly in Universal Service Obligations.
  • Allocate radio-frequency spectrum for school connectivity and reduce or eliminate spectrum fees for schools.
  • Include school connectivity a condition to obtain operator licenses to ensure that a given percentage of schools are connected by a specific date.
  • Provide incentives for operators to connect schools and to offer special tariffs for schools, such as reduced Universal Service Funds, contribution levies and tax breaks.
Last week the Information Literacy Collaborative sponsored an Assessment workshop put on by the Center for Teaching and Learning.  As a follow-up to this Educause just released their Blended Learning Workshop online.  In the Assessment Unite they pose excellent questions for us all to consider when designing our instruction sessions, tutorials, and other learning experiences.  They include:
  • Are the objectives measurable? Do they demonstrate (authentic) something or reflect on knowledge/experience?
  • What do they say about student learning outcomes?
  • What is the goal of assessment--that is, what do you want the student to be able to do or demonstrate they can do? Consider using verbs to describe this and spend some time sharing these with students.
To view the various units on blended learning, visit:

Does anyone else ever have trouble keeping up with the disciplines they are a liaison to?  Being the librarian for Extension and CCE, I find tracking the breadth of trends sometime overwhelming.  Elisabeth Doucett, director of the Curtis Memorial Library, wrote a great piece for American Libraries regarding trend tracking.  The beauty of this article is that she breaks it out into managable chunks of 10-30minutes for each step.
To read step 7, "Put the ideas back in the file and let them sit for another week" visit: 

Another interesting article this week was by Char Booth at UC Berkley, " Build Your Own Instructional Literacy."  In this article she outlines the USER method: Understand, Structure, Engage, and Reflect.  To read the article, visit:

Lastly, OCLC did us all a favor and synthesized 12 user behavior studies into one report for us to browse.  The full text of The Digital Information Seeker: Report of Findings From Selected OCLC, RIN and JISC User Behaviour Projects can be found on the JISC Web site at

This video by a UK publishing firm is great! Replace "publishing" with "library" and it sounds awfully familiar to some of the conversations I've heard and had around the libraries. I love the way they literally flip the script, showing that these positions are all about perspective, and don't have to be true. 

The key point for me is when they say "What's important for you is that you're actually listening to us." 

That statement drives home for me the need to remain intentional in our offerings, otherwise we run the risk of being seen as out of touch or worse disingenuous. Rather than thinking generation (A) thinks like (B), strip out all of the generational baggage and think in terms of users need/want (C). 

I'm going to run with this video and challenge myself to refrain from the "kids these day's" perspective. I realize it is a disservice to users and myself to think of them as one dimensional. Worse if that is how I show up when working with or designing programs for user groups there is a greater chance that that will be the reality of how the experience goes down. 

Sounds like what I heard during ARLD Day with a keynote and presentations about bringing student bodies in the Libraries through exhibits of student work. I am eager to attend and would be interested in getting more background on this.

SCImagine! 2010: Collaborating Across Continents
Students designing clean, sustainable solutions
Student Poster Session
Friday, May 7th, 2010
3:30-5:00 p.m.

4:00pm - Short remarks by Dr. Julian Marshall
Free, open to the public
101 Walter Library

SCImagine! 2010: Collaborating Across Continents
Students designing clean, sustainable solutions
Solar House model

Student Poster Session
Friday, May 7th, 2010
3:30-5:00 p.m.

4:00pm - Short remarks by Dr. Julian Marshall
Free, open to the public
101 Walter Library
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Students taking Civil Engineering 5180 join forces with the Indian Institute of Technology to compete for a chance to design and implement a real-world solution to a global health issue.

How do you combine skills in problem solving and business development with a desire to make the world a better place? For three teams of students from the Institute of Technology, Carlson School of Management, and the School of Public Health, Acara Challenge 2010 provides a place to start.

Please join us for a workshop sponsored by the Information Literacy Collaborative: 

Date: Thursday, May 13, 2010
Time: 3:00-4:30
Location: Wilson S30B or watch online:

Assessment of Student Learning: Tips, Tools and Strategies

Dr. Jane O'Brien, Center for Teaching and Learning

This session will focuses on tips, tools, and strategies to assess how well students are learning in one-shot and other instructional sessions.
Throughout this interactive session, we will share ways to develop and use a myriad of formative and summative assessment strategies.

Please let us know if you have any questions and please feel free to share this announcement,

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