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Survey results and documentation on current topics and policies from Association of Research Libraries (ARL) member institutions published six times a year. Online versions of SPEC Kits from 1973 through 2005 (SPEC Kit 1 - 291) are available through the HathiTrust.

Here are a few that look interesting...

Logo.jpgSave the Date: Minnesota Digital Humanities Symposium

Have you been following developments in digital humanities? Are you ready to take the plunge and develop new projects? Would you like to take your digital humanities projects to the next level? Then, mark your calendars.

The University of Minnesota Libraries and Macalester College DeWitt Wallace Library are hosting a Minnesota Digital Humanities Symposium May 14-15, 2013. This research retreat will offer inspiring examples of digital humanities scholarship, provide an opportunity to discuss tools and issues at the heart of the research, and allow you to network with potential research partners.

This symposium is aimed at scholars (faculty and graduate students) from humanities and computer science fields, academic technologists, programmers, research consultants, and other academic support staff from Minnesota.

The symposium will open on May 14 with a reception and talk from Lev Manovich (CUNY; The following symposium day, May 15, takes place at the St. Paul Continuing Education and Conference Center and features plenary addresses by Matt Jockers (Nebraska; and Mark Tebeau (Cleveland State;

Registration will open by March 15, 2013. Stay tuned for further details.

Address questions to Jennie Burroughs ( or Terri Fishel (

"Information Literacy is a core competency needed by today's learners in order to compete effectively in the global economy.  October is National Information Literacy Awareness Month - a time to recognize, celebrate, and demonstrate the benefit of  information literacy practices in schools and the workplace.

On Tuesday, October 16, 2012, from 10:30am - 12:00pm EST, the National Forum and Credo Reference/Libraries Thriving will host the following free webinar, focusing on key 21st century job skills that all learners will require to sustain a personal and professional competitive advantage."

From School to Workforce: Information Literacy, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills.


Our Guest Panelists include:

Ms. Jennifer Homer, ABC - Vice President of Communications and Career Development for the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD), Alexandria, Virginia

Mr. William Badke, Associate Librarian, Trinity Western University, for Associated Canadian Theological Schools and Information Literacy ACTS Seminaries | Trinity Western University, Langley, BC, Canada

Dr. Lana W. Jackman, President of the  National Forum on Information Literacy, will facilitate.


LOEX is an annual conference geared toward instruction/info lit librarians or those who are interested in that. loex2012.jpg

It is a great conference--both hard to get to present at, and hard to secure a spot to go (you have to register within about an hour of registration opening)...

Many of the PPTs are up and available for a bit of summer reading:

Here are a couple that caught my eye:
  • Archival Literacy: Active Learning and Teaching with Primary Sources
  • Bringing More to the Table(t): Ideas and Insights for Using Tablets in Instruction
  • Reaching Modern Students Through Amazing Screencasts
  • The Secret's in the Sauce: The RIBS Recipe for Building a Healthy, Well-Balanced Instruction Program
  • Blending, Mixing, and Processing: Strategies used to Engage Students in the Classroom
  • Creating Insanely Great Instruction Sessions: What Librarians can Learn from Steve Jobs
  • 500 Students, 55 Raters, and 5 Rubrics Later: What We Learned from an Authentic, Collaborative, and National Assessment Project
  • From Prix Fixe to a la Carte: Using Lesson Study to Collaborate with Faculty in Customizing Information Literacy Instruction

Dan Cohen at the U

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Digital Humanities 2.0 will co-sponsor two presentations by Dan Cohen (@dancohen): 

 Thursday, April 19, and Friday, April 20:
  • "The Future of History." 4:00 p.m., 125 Nolte Center. (Co-sponsored by Institute for Advanced Study, Immigration History Research Center, Department of English, Department of Writing Studies, Department of History, and University Libraries.)
  • "Supporting Digital Humanities." 10:00 a.m., Arthur Upson Room, 102 Walter Library. (Co-sponsored by University Libraries.)
Dan Cohen is associate professor of history and director of the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.

Cohen played a leading role in developing Zotero, the powerful bibliographic software program. His research into uses of the Victorian digital archive was reported by Patricia Cohen in "Analyzing Literature by Words and Numbers," New York Times, Dec. 3, 2010. Recently the Chronicle of Higher Education named him one of "12 Tech Innovators Who are Transforming Campuses." Professor Cohen co-edits Journal of the Digital Humanities, which last month published its first issue.

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