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