I have used Flipgrid before, and I appreciate the upgrades since I last used it, such as multiple accounts. This is why I stopped using it over a year ago. Being able to visually see headlines and what the links to resources are is much more compelling, and saves me time from clicking on useless links. It also is so much faster to skim. I just downloaded Zite, and really liking the interface. It might be my new app, especially if it learns what I likes and highlights those articles, etc.
Well I actually tried Google Goggles in Japan this past summer. I used it with Google Translate to understand some signage and menus with mixed success. I will be interested in trying it out in a couple weeks while in London to enhance my sightseeing adventures. I already downloaded the Wi-Fi Finder for traveling too. Another useful app is EDURoam, which is great if you work at a higher education institution you can connect to others' wifi while abroad in a trusted connection, but I am glad I will now have more options.
Well, I realized how little I was using my ipad to it's full potential. Since I am going to a conference soon I really focused on ipad tips for this week around typing, etc. A few of my ah ha moments are:
- Double-tap the space bar or use 2 fingers to get a period and space to appear
- How do do quotations without wasting time going to the number keyboards? Use the comma key for a single quote, or hold the period key
- Shake your ipad to undo/redo
- Press and hold down the Sleep/Wake button at the top right corner of your iPad, and click the Home button for screen shots.
Thanks for the tips! It will make my conference in England much better!
Today is the first day of the new multitype library systems program 23 Mobile Things, self-paced learning program that will identify 23 types of apps for you to discover. I loved the first version of their program 23 Thing on a Stick, and learned about a lot of useful tools, and I hope this will be similar.
What I am most excited about this program is to learn about some apps and tips that might help streamline my work a little bit more, and new tools that can help me accomplish some tasks I struggle with. At a quick glance I have a lot of these apps already, however, do I use them? No. This series will help me spend time investigating them and see which ones work best for me, so I can clear out space on my phone and focus on the ones that will help me personally and professionally.
Register today to begin and join me in this journey!
I have never participated in this unconference-like session before. Topics are decided at the beginning of the day, and rotate throughout the day in various corners of the room. I participated in a discussion around Library as Publisher. I had hoped others were working on e-books with faculty, like I am, but it appears not to be the case. We discussed data curation and focused on publishing versus archiving. Participants shared what professional development opportunities they were offering faculty and students, along with the need to change the promotion process.
Building an Instruction Arsenal: Using Standardized Elements to Streamline Class Planning and Ease Student Learning Assessment Across the Curriculum
This was one of my favorite sessions; Kevin and Jessica are brilliant with such a simple idea. Why waste time recreating assessment tools for every IL session? They created processes at their libraries where librarians can draw from a set series of questions and/or learning objects to address different information literacy standards and student learning outcomes. Here is the LibGuide for CSU-Peublo that Kevin created, and I am so stealing some of these questions. It is great timing, as this past winter I already started a long Google Form for my fellow colleagues with questions that they could copy and use for assessments.
One of the most popular sessions I attended was Love your library: Building Goodwill from the Inside Out and the Outside In. It was inspiring to hear all the outreach efforts libraries were doing from crafts, to hotdog carts as mobile libraries, to marketing with custom pins, etc. A small group of us in the University Libraries are already meeting informally to share what we do in each of our libraries to build a more cohesive message.
From research to action: pairing information literacy and service-learning
I have longtime been a blog follower of Maureen Barrey, who was one of the pioneers in this area of embedded librarianship. As much as I would like to do this I just don't have the opportunity in any of my classes.
I also went to the AAAS luncheon with a keynote presentation by Bernard Munos. Even though I am a humanities gal, I am fascinated with open science. Hearing the trends in the pharmaceutical industry was a bit scarey, but also interesting. I am going to read more articles written by Munos and his think tank.
I try to see as many poster sessions as possible, as they are often more timely (not needing to submit over a year in advance). This year has numerous great sessions, including:
- Best practices become your own best resource for evaluating accessibility... by Lily Sacharow: great questions to ask around cognition, vision, hearing and speech, physical function
- One of the top designed posters was Training the next generation: the essential role of academic libraries in educating graduate students in research data management
- Once is enough: Using responsive web design to fit any screen
- Visualizing Library Collection Data
- Using the charrette model to collaborate with students and faculty on a library renovation project
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During vacation I read two books that truly inspired me as we go into 2013. Two must-reads are: If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit, by Brenda Ueland, and Twyla Tharp's The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life. I have been staring at the blank pages for my thesis for about two years now. Ueland inspired me to pick up the pen again. Note: a pen, as many inventors stress the importance of kinesthetic learning and experience. Sometimes when you are stuck, you just need to doodle. She writes that we all are talented, worthy and have something to say. Her encouraging words to find my true voice were inspiring, especially since it was written in 1938! I then read Tharp's book. Her creative exercises are invigorating, though the egg movement exercise might be a bit too much for me. Creativity can be recognized, cultivated, and encouraged. I personally loved her box approach for developing a piece. She puts every scrap of inspiration, research, and idea into a box; she stresses that memory fails, and that we need objects and ideas collected, and label the box with a few key words/her motto.
These two books found me at just the right time in my life.