October 2010 Archives

Additional LOTW 2010 Notes


Lisa Given
Institute for Interdisciplinary Research - qualitative research
Interdisciplinarity- knowledge and skill involved in two specialties from difference disciplines
Each of us as soloists in our disciplines are the troublemakers
Multidisciplinary- doesn't embed other discipline in our thought process
More involvement in research teams
How manage the overload of interdisciplinarity? Head in sand is giving up trying to understand. Maybe not encourage soloists to do interdisciplinary, encourage them to join teams.
"If you want to go fast go alone. If you was to go far go with others."

The Academic acculturation of international students
- Brazil undergrads did not have access to databases, those were only for graduate students
- Resonance between world cup and international education
- International students bring 18million to us economy, 671,616 2008/09 US enrollment, 3.7%
- No formal assignment to serve international students, felt the need so on top of regular position
- Easier to transfer concepts when they learn them in their native languages, teach some in Spanish
- Fall 2007, 1st library orientation: plenary session, table at fair, tour and workshop: 260 students
- 4 workshops: how to prep for and take exams, how to be effective in class, how to make the most of library resources, how to tackle a research assignment
- -2 minutes speed dating: get to know another culture, resources around campus, have a buddy,
- Promote services on international student services facebook account
- Teach all the tutors the workshop content
- Culture Shock video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkZyvDZFC8Q
- Visas, finances, health care, different expectations of the classroom, closed stacks, have they ever used a catalog, lots of words for the same thing
- Go over terminology then you could do Pictionary
- Patch writing, using some from each of the articles they read and linking with their own words. This should not be finished product, but part of the evolution of learning
- Clickrs when talking about plagerism
- Institutionalizing your programs, so you don't have to start over when a team players leaves

Making a difference in K12
• Promoting university to the community
• Overcome preconceptions of the college library
• Showing them what is expected of them in college: research and citation standards
• Survey: students didn't like the smell of the library, some love the quiet and some hate it
• We are a service not a servant 
• IB program visits the library- 4,000 word essay, don't have the resources at their public or school library
• Have circulation privileges: 5 books up to 21 days
• 2003: 111 students, 2009: 646 students
• IL group of 5 peeps did 200 sessions a year of workshops
• UT Arlington Primary Collections and teacher lessons and preservice teachers

Yours, Mine and Ours
• Video between college librarian and school librarian and they interviewed 6 faculty and what their impressions are regarding college preparedness
• Blame Game: Everybody, Somebody ,Anybody, Nobody
• 6 open-ended question survey: librarians could actually communicate with one another (attend each other's conferences, administration buy-in), one voice (continuity of learning, how college builds on hs), build on other's experience (learn from hs, talk to preservice), student success (building competencies), time, differences (difference understanding of what each other do/training)
• Points of Inquiry video http://libguides.okanagan.bc.ca/content.php?pid=109335&sid=823199
• Job shadow with a public and school librarians

Google Apps Tips & Tricks

  • Adding an image directly in the body of an e-mail can only happen in Google Crome.
  • At the moment there is no way to archive chats
  • Once you create a group of contacts in Google Contacts and can use that group in the other apps (Mail, Calendar, Documents, haven't tried Sites yet).
  • Sorry there is no way to have a pop-up with gmail notification that we have found yet.
  • Being able to opt-out of the threaded discussion layout in Google might be an option in the future. They are testing it with some regular Gmail users.
  • Google Calendar set-up: http://oit.cfans.umn.edu/How_to_Migrate_UMCal_Data.html
  • Some of us tested Google's Web Clips as a way to subscribe to RSS feeds, but were not impressed; wishing Google Reader was part of our Apps package.
  • Up to 1,800 labels that are 40 characters of less!
  • To add a resource I just search by the room number, 81, for Magrath Instruction Room 81. Then I saved it to my list of calendars for easy access.

MLA Conference Notes


7 Practices of the Inventive Creative:
Dream Big: don't stop at idea 1 or 13... keep going
Be Open:
Try new and different things: switch watch to other hand, break out of routine every day
watch a different , play on your computer at work :) ;ab professor had students try a new thing every day. sleeping around the house :)
Find quiet time: mozart took long walks, let ideas perk, swim, einstein's naps, the artists way. journaling, keep a pocket notebook on hand: capture tool,
Make mistakes: get the idea right and complete on the first try is dumb luck, Fear, habit, assumption will keep you from creative ideas,
Share the dream: say it out loud, share it with others, you make it real, acknowledge it has value, and DO IT NOW.
Let go and trust: collaboration,

Beyond Search: The Glitz & Glam of Google

At the Mobile Reference session, just going through different db providers and where they are in mobile apps/access.

RA 50 in 75: Personal picks: The Snowman by Jo Nesbo, Olso ? , Women from Bratislava by Leif Davidsen, Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok, The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant, Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean, The Historian by Elizabeth _.

Beyond Shushing: Briggs Library
social library vs. communal library
Want to add to the reason why students stay, retention, increase comfort level,counteract student cocooning
tension between users' needs noise vs purposeful activity
sustainability, student interest, staff burnout
Tutoring, Reading, Enabling Children in the library, college students tutor elementary students
art awards, every year they purchase 2 student pieces and add it to their collection
Literacy Festival in March
Friends Group- collection enhancement grant, a students wrote and got more graphic novels for the collection, up to $500 a grant, they gave $3,000 in 2009, student groups like the saddle club wrote a grant to community gardening clubs
Reserves for more than classes, clubs use it like dungeons and dragons or physics club
Game night, mini golf through the stacks,students often bring in their own games, 1 night a month, all you have to do is write Hasbro and say you want to do a twister competition and Hasbro will send 15 mats and 1 spinner; they just ask that you send them a poster and pictures

Other libraries:
Love in the Library, speed dating in the library
Food for fines
Random acts of kindness, forgive fines for a day
Any group on campus can put together a group book display
Hide and Seek or Sardines in the library
Grand Prize: VIP Room- get to keep a study room for the entire semester
Design your own space
Mill City Espresso machine rental
Pimp my bookcart contest
Student worker party, they vote on food and bring in games; music competition amongst student workers (Augsburg)
Birthday party for library/ info commons
Ugliest sweater/sweatshirt contest
Steal the bust without getting caught and putting it back (based on carleton)
Employee wrote 2 sentences, then each student worker wrote at least 2 sentences afterwards to make a story

Reading 2.0
SQ3R: survey, question, read, recite, review
Survey: survey (1-2) minutes, skim the whole chapter
Question: 30 sec What is it about?
Read: Your own pace Look to answer the question proposed by the heading
Recite: 1 min Write or recall key points may be a phrase or keywords
Review: <5 minutes repeat steps 2, 3, 4 for each chapter until you have a list. This will provide an outline for the chapter.
Have students guess what a word means, then look up in an entomology dictionary to learn the parts of the work, then a regular dictionary http://www.etymonline.com/index.php
Have students write questions about the text. Have students write exactly 50 word summary. 20% of their papers are grammar (by the end the students really pay attention to grammar)
Often looking bottom up decoding, reading word by word meaning, rather than the whole text; getting them to focus out a bit.
Reading Strategies: Cognitive, Metacognitive and affective
Giving permission to not read every word in the textbook
Need to teach students teaching approaches: how to participate in class discussions, and how to read to support discussion, giving permission to write in textbooks, concepts of checking out books.

Belated LOTW and ALA Conference Comments


This past summer was full of professional development opportunities along with projects. I attended Loex of the West for the first-time in Calgary and then the following week ALA in DC. I Must say LOTW has been my FAV conference to date. Smaller, on target sessions with information I can use right away, and fabulous, inspiring peeps. ALA is jsut so large I get lost in the crowd, and I flew in late Friday and left mid-day Sunday; never again, the jet-lag and lack of sleep was miserable.


  • I presented at the last session of the conference on my work with Extension, which got positive responses from attendees.

  • Several sessions or discussions were around the need to work on teaching students how to come up with a topic or refine a topic, as they often come to library sessions with too broad of topic thus getting frustrated by their results.

  • There was a great preconference on the article writing process by the editors of RSR. Reviewing the types of articles was very helpful for me, along with going through the writing process.

  • There were two sessions on visuals in instruction. One I attended focused on incorporating visual literacy into assignment and how libraries can assist. The second discussed incorporating comics, funny news stories and videos into your teaching repertoire.

  • The speed networking exercise in the outreach to international students session was fun and an easy way to et everyone talking. The pictionary game idea for having students explain library terminology was eye opening; if we have a hard time doing it what will non-native English speakers do?

  • The GIFT sessions were great: speed dating on instruction topics: spending 5 minutes at each table over 40 minutes learning about recent research and quick and easy instruction techniques.

  • A data literacy session was fantastic and I learned about numerous data starting points such as ICPSR, SDA,IPUMS. I knew very little on data resources and set and how to manipulate data, but after this session felt I truly had a basic handle on the topic.


  • Attended the marketing swap for the first-time. Milner Library at ISU had fabulous brochures and posters. Love Cal Poly's "early bird, night owl" brochure to advertise the 24 hr spaces.

  • ACRL Chapters Council had a great visit where I found out local Chapters can request the Board to speak at local conferences (fantastic!). Also, the New England Chapter is doing some great things with distance learning that we all can learn from. They also have archived 2 sessions from their virtual conference that we all can use for brownbags, etc.

  • During the LIRT Discussion Session I learned about "Transition to College" a great resource anyone can use to bridge K12 and higher ed.

  • I was part of the NMRT President's Program panel which talked about non-traditional LS jobs.

  • If you know me, no conference is without some good eats, being the foodie I am. My must-visit site was a recommendation by the gentleman I was sitting on the plan next to, the restaurant in the hotel The Liaison. The Chef used to be Oprah's private chef, and OMG the mac and cheese and pulled pork sliders are amazing, along with the snowcones, not to be missed on a hot day.