January 2012 Archives

Here are a few interesting things to pass in in the vein of keeping up...

Behind the Digital Curtain: 
"But here at the annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities on Thursday, a panel of digital humanists said that weaving digital humanities research into undergraduate education could help boost information literacy among college students."

"It's a fundamental shift, I think, not just in scholarship but in our teaching, to think about the process -- how did we get here -- as opposed to that final paper," said Nieves.

Pedagogically, undergraduate forays into the digital humanities need not be as complete or ambitious as building formal archives and discovery tools from scratch, the panelists said. Rather, the point is to spur students to "think critically and differently" about digital gateways and to "encourage new forms of close reading, knowledge production and interpretation" in the context of the modern information landscape, said McGrane. A peek behind the curtain, she said, can go a long way toward inculcating a healthy appreciation for the soft power of information gatekeepers and the instruments they use to exercise it.

Inside Higher Ed 

I bet everybody has seen this by now....


Information Literacy as a graduate attribute: Are employers getting a good deal?

"Graduate attributes are qualities that a university aims for graduates to obtain (many universities have explicit lists of these expected qualities) and tend to be linked explicitly to the employability of students. With employability high on the agenda at universities I think most university libraries are keen to make sure that the value of information literate graduates is reflected in such discussions, so we were all eager to find out more."

Library Trends-Special Issue
Volume 60 issue 2, Fall 2011, focuses on "Towards policy formulation" on information literacy, a special issue edited by John Crawford.

  • Information Literacy Advocacy-Woody's Ten Commandments; by Forrest Woody Horton, Jr.
  • National Information Literacy Framework (Scotland): Pioneering Work to Influence Policy-Making or Tinkering at the Edges? by Christine Irving
  • Think Global, Act Local: Expanding the Agenda for Media Literacy Education in the United States; by Vanessa Domine
  • Trapped Between a Rock and a Hard Place: What Counts as Information Literacy in the Workplace and How Is It Conceptualized? by Annemaree Lloyd
kimbel_cereal.jpgAs many of you know I have fallen head over heels for the Kimbel Library videos and I use them in just about every session I teach.

It just caught my attention that they were selected for PRIMO and hence there is an interview with them on the making of these. They were also at the Library Technology Conference last year, where I began my crush.

Kimbel Library Instructional Videos


Interviewees: Joshua Vossler and John Watts

Institution: Coastal Carolina University

Read more: 

 The objective was to create videos that students would enjoy, or at least not find aversive. By providing instruction that addressed both the affective domain (through humor) and the cognitive domain (through a multimedia presentation of lecture, text, and diagrams), we hoped students would achieve the cognitive goals of our program without developing negative associations with information literacy, the library, or librarians. Each video was created around two outcomes: One cognitive outcome and one affective outcome. Each video had a different cognitive outcome, but all videos shared the same affective outcome, although that outcome was measured separately for each video.

The best practices came from a list that we created:

  • One learning outcome per video.
  • Each video should be no more than three minutes.
  • Use as little screen capturing as possible.
  • Use humor.
  • Use livestock.
I like this class specific tutorial--great hook for students to use our tools without being too specific so that when an interface changes it needs to be changed. View here: http://mediamill.cla.umn.edu/mediamill/html5/128228 or below
I will now blog a tweet I saw on Facebook....oh yeah!


Here are the links

and also just added them to: https://www.lib.umn.edu/instruction/tutorials

I can see lots of potential for in class and out of class work. This would be an interesting way to extend a one-shot by having this as before or after work. Please share with faculty members or folks you know who do posters.

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