ALA 2010 Highlights

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This past ALA I was busy running around to meetings, so I attended very few presentations. However, I got the most ideas, inspiration and connections through visiting the poster sessions. A few that stood out to me were:


  • International Scholars and Information Literacy Skills: Outreach and Instruction by Nikhat J. Ghouse
    I particularly was interested in hearing more about the 4 weeks intensive English immersion research component; more info can be found on her LibGuide.

  • We are currently revising an Online Privacy workshop, so I was very interested in Casey Schacher's Privacy: A Year-Long Outreach Campaign poster.
    Their integration across campus through events, posters, videos and workshops was a well thought through campaign.

  • Playgarism: Get your game on had the most unique and eye-catching layout. I am definately going to keep tabs on this project! It has a great foundation.
  • Brian Sullivan of Loyola University New Orleans showed me examples of ingographics he created with students during instruction sessions using a few new tools to me: Creately, Gapminder, Google Public Data Explorer, Many Eyes, Prezi, Stat Planet, and Tagxedo. I am definitely going to try this with a class this year!

  • Since we hired an Instructional Designer I have been interested in ID. Lauren Olewnik's poster, Deliberate design an instructional face-lift, provided a nice walk through of redesigning a course-integrated instruction session.

In the past I skipped over the posters, but I won't make that mistake again. Looking forward to more great posters in 2012!

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