katep: February 2010 Archives

workshop in brief

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s you can see one of the workshops was mentioned in the "more events" in the Brief on Feb. 24, 2010 (http://www1.umn.edu/twincities/faculty-staff/brief/UR_CONTENT_177974.html)


This was posted on a list I am on for feedback. I thought it was an interested possible use of mobile technologies meet Library stacks. Interesting idea...but what do you think of the name?

Proposal: The LibGossip Platform: creating participatory library learning environments with ubiquitous technology

"...The platform powers an array of mobile applications which guide students to the exact location of physical items in real time; essentially converting their mobile computing device into a library positioning tool...."

By leveraging circulation data of books in the student's proximity and user generated motion data in the student's path, the platform will guide students to the most popular (or most relevant, depending on the students filtering preference) resources in the library, effectively communicating in the aggregate the research interests of users in the building. The system will guide users to personalized resources of immediate interest by way of a user edited profile consisting of course enrollment, current assignments, and group project membership."

Here is more about the venue for the proposal:
The Digital Media and Learning Competition, created in 2007, was designed to find "and to inspire" the most novel uses of new media in support of learning. Projects explore how digital technologies are changing the way people learn and participate in daily life. Awards have recognized individuals, for-profit companies, universities, and community organizations using new media to transform learning.

The University Libraries are working with the graduate school on a pilot program to offer a "Grad Commons"--basically a space on campus where graduate students can work and meet. The idea for this semester is to offer a workshop early in the week then have a corresponding time on the following Friday for individuals consultations. Here are our offerings: 

Tricks of the Trade: Conducting Efficient Library and Web Research
February 23, 2010
Time: 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Location: 101 Walter Library

There are many tools available from the University Libraries and the web that can increase your effectiveness and efficiency as a researcher. Learn how to use these to help narrow your topic, research your literature review, and fill in research gaps. This workshop will include mini-versions of popular Library workshops including "How do I know I have found Everything?," "Introduction to Citation Managers," "Google for Researchers" and more.

Individual consultation on conducting efficient library and web research is offered through Friday Grad Commons.


  • Kate Peterson, University Libraries
  • Kristen Mastel, University Libraries

Publishing Your Science Research Article
Date: March 2, 2010
Time: 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Location: TBA

This workshop, intended for graduate students in the sciences, will help you identify appropriate journals to which to submit your article and discuss how to manage your rights when signing a contract with a publisher. Join your colleagues to share your ideas and discuss the issues you face as an emerging academic author.

Individual consultation on publishing is offered through Friday Grad Commons.


  • Kris Fowler, University Libraries
  • Jody Kempf, University Libraries

Friday Graduate Student Commons
Location: N-119 Elliott Hall, East bank
The "Friday Grad Commons" is a collaboration of multiple units across campus to provide students with a quiet space in which to write/read and to also consult with staff and faculty on a wide range of topics related to the graduate student experience. Each Friday will feature a specific topic and University staff and faculty with expertise on that topic will be available for individual consultations.

February 26
10 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Quiet space
1:00-4:00 p.m. Individual consultations--Efficient library and web research
Register: http://www.grad.umn.edu/gradcommons/feb26/

March 5
10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Quiet space
1:00-4:00 p.m. Individual consultations--Getting publishing (quiet space starts at 10:30 a.m.)
Register: http://www.grad.umn.edu/gradcommons/mar05/


I like this idea of "doing research like a professor"--seems like a good way to frame research--we should create such a page!

Writing a Paper? Try These 7 Research Tips
February 10, 2010 05:39 PM ET | Lynn F. Jacobs, Jeremy S. Hyman

Once in a while you get hit with it: the 15- to 25-page research paper, also called the term paper or semester project. This is your chance to join the community of the 20 percent or so of college professors who are actually doing research. How do they do it? And how can you? Have a look at our seven best tips for doing research like a professor:

1. Start from where you are.
2. Think E.
3. Discover WorldCat.
4. Learn the shortcuts.
5. Use the resources that live and breathe.
6. Learn about ILL.
7. Look for "gateway" sources.

Learn more on UM Connect

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Please consider attending:

Web Conferencing with

Tuesday, February 23, 2010
3:00 pm-4:30 pm
Room S30B, Wilson Library

Presented by: Kirsten Clark
Government Publications Librarian

UMConnect makes it possible to join a meeting from your office or present information to colleagues over the internet, live or as an archived video. Like the free online service Skype, this OIT supported technology allows you to communicate and collaborate over the Web.

PRCs Open Houses

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PRC Open Houses
Come and meet the Peer Research Consultants and talk to Jody Gray and Kate Peterson about this program at this open house.  Please encourage all staff to stop by.

When: February 22, 2009 12:30pm-1:30pm
Where: Wilson Library S30A

When: March 1, 2010 12:30pm-1:30pm
Where: Appleby 169

The Peer Research Consultants (PRC) program's goal is to support FYW students as they do library research and find sources to use in their writing. The PRCs build on skills learned in the Unravel the Library workshops.

For more information visit: http://www.lib.umn.edu/services/prc. The PRCs are also linked from the Undergraduate Virtual Library (http://www.lib.umn.edu/undergrad/).

My own Prezi

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It was fun to make. I already had taught this before so it was basically moving my ideas into this format--seemed to go well in the class. The students seems moderately more interested than with a PPT...

Without Audio:

With Audio (recorded using Camtasia Relay):

Embedded in a Courselib page: http://www.lib.umn.edu/libdata/page.phtml?page_id=3002
"Recently, the makers of Prezi have made this product free for educational use, so anyone with a "dot-edu" e-mail address can use it at no cost." Read more: Prezi in information literacy instruction http://edserv.gmu.edu/?p=129
Wonder if students can create these too? Anyone played around with this yet?
Here is a message I sent the First Year Writing Instructors list about the PRCs for Spring:

PRC_ad_UGVL.jpgDo you have a student who need extra help with research? Do you have any students who complain they can't find any sources? Do some of your students bibliographies not meet your expectations? Please talk to your students about the Peer Research Consultants (PRC) program. The program's goal is to support FYW students as they do library research and find sources to use in their writing. Your students can sit down one-on-one and get personalized research help on their topics. The PRCs build on skills learned in the Unravel the Library workshops.

New for spring:

*Evening drop-in hours available Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays with daily drop-in hours Monday-Friday in Wilson Library, Walter Library, and Appleby Hall.
*Students can get a certificate to show they have worked with the PRCs. This can be useful for giving points or extra credit.
*Like last semester, the PRCs are available for class visits and/or we can send you fliers for class distribution.

How many students were seen in fall?

*The PRCs met with over 60 students in fall semester-this exceeded our estimates for this new program.
*Over 60% of students were in WRIT 1301 and 3% from WRIT 1201
*In general, students met with PRCs for over 30 minutes for in-depth guidance

What did students have to say about the PRCs?

Here are some quotes from students this fall:

*"She was very helpful when I was looking for specific information on the library website. She explained the website very well and gave excellent tips!"
*"He was very helpful in  helping me figure out what I wanted to write my paper on and where I could find the sources. Afterwards I was able to understand my paper."
*"Approachable advising that assisted me with furthering my research goals; very useful."

How do students find out about the PRCs?

*From you--their class instructors. Over 50% of the students heard about the program from FYW instructors.

For more information visit: http://www.lib.umn.edu/services/prc. The PRCs are also linked from the Undergraduate Virtual Library (http://www.lib.umn.edu/undergrad). 

SPSS tutorials on YouTube

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Have you gotten a question on SPSS (statistical software)? Amy W. had posted some tutorials from CLA on Youtube: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/westx045/data/2010/02/spss_tutorials_on_youtube_from.html. These are created by the Department of Sociology and are aimed at Undergrads.

Trading cards anyone?

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library_tradingcards.jpgYou have probably already seen this from Rochester. Talk about some good graphics and great visual and history tie ins!

What would be on your trading card?

I watched a webinar from EDUCAUSE called "The Convergence of Lecture Capture and Social Media" by Joshua Kim--Senior Learning Technologist and Adjunct Professor
Dartmouth College

My basic take away is this stuff is becoming much more common and mainstream and that may Universities are experimenting with stuff like Camtasia Relay/Class Capture. It makes me feel more strongly that this is a great direction to be moving with our workshops (and course integrated instruction).

Here is the description:
..."discuss how the formerly separate domains of lecture capture technologies and the emerging options for publicly sharing lectures on Web 2.0 consumer platforms are destined for convergence. This development will raise important questions related to policy, control, and governance. We will discuss how lecture capture and cloud-based consumer publishing platforms are creating a range of opportunities and challenges for academic leaders that will touch on issues of openness, transparency, outreach, and responsibility."
To view archive go to: http://net.educause.edu/content.asp?SECTION_ID=492&bhcp=1

EDUCAUSE Lecture Capture page: http://www.educause.edu/Resources/Browse/Lecture+Capture/34358

Points of View

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PointsOfView.jpgI attended a Minitex webinar on Points of View Reference Center (http://www.lib.umn.edu/indexes/moreinfo?id=16002). It is an ebsco product and brings together "an overview (objective background/description), point (argument),counterpoint (opposing argument), and Critical Thinking Guide" to common "paper topics."

I wonder if there is a way to bring together this and CQ Researcher to form some sort of "paper topic" page so students could click on a topic and get directly into on of these "reports." Seems like it would be a good place to explore or get background information.

What do you think? Do we need stuff organized by "topic"? Maybe for first year writing?

Nonprofit Center for Information Technology Opens With Federal Support

A nonprofit corporation created to find new uses of information technology in education debuted on Monday.

Congress authorized the creation of the National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies in 2008. The New York Times reports that the center could be giving out grants by fall.

Read more: http://chronicle.com/blogPost/Nonprofit-Center-for/20808/

research_annual_report.jpgI wonder if you could build and assignment or simulation/tutorial from the money a researcher on the U campus brings in for a grant to the article they publish in a journal. Would it be a good story?

Here is a link to the annual research report written by OVPR: http://www.research.umn.edu/report.html. I suppose you could use a previous year's report to actually see something published.

Also then ask students to brainstorm and reflect on this money trail for other sources they find.

It would be interested to create two different one's--one for something published in an open access journal and one in a non-open access journal. Wonder if you could find a convincing story in that?

One of the other Collaboratives recently announced a new blog in the Monday Memo. Take a look:  http://blog.lib.umn.edu/grayjl/doc/


Student Learning Outcomes page

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In case you having run across it yet here is the SLO page: http://www.slo.umn.edu/. Lets see if we can get some examples of our work on curriculum link here...

Class Capture to YouTube

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I also put the little video from College in the Schools in YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/umnLibraries#p/a/u/0/VXy1x9eKkHw. If you want to post something (and you know you do) in the UMNLibraries Channel just let me know and I can give you the username/password.

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