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I met my goal

Benefits of hosting an 8-hour Wikipedia edit-a-thon? I got my 10,000 steps without ever leaving the classroom.

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Lauren Wallis on silencing in library instruction

“This particular silence doesn’t even register for subject faculty or students. It is simply what they expect of us.” Lauren Wallis speaks powerful words in her post on the silencing of instruction librarians in academia. I’ve certainly had my share of “only show them these databases please” instruction requests, but I’ve also been blessed to […]

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And curtain

Today I taught what was probably my last (and 65th) research instruction session of the academic year. Should celebrate but I’m too busy thinking about how to change things up for Fall.

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Just got a thank you card from a student following an instruction session… Excuse me, I have something in my eye…

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The IT department has some explaining to do

Apparently, I am working at the wrong campus. I had 5 students signed up for one of our drop-in workshops on Evaluating Resources this afternoon. No one showed. So while I was killing time, I took a look at the enrolled students’ profiles in the CMS. Turns out they all attend Whittier Law School in […]

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Rubrics for evaluating resources

When I started teaching library instruction classes, I stuck to the ubiquitous CRAAP model for evaluating resources. Then I learned about BEAM and switched to that acronym for a while. Then I discovered the Edited/Peer-Review/Self-Published x Static/Syndicated/Dynamic grid and kept that discussion alive for as long as I could. Now I use them all (sometimes […]

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Find the win in everything

We’re piloting a new series of information literacy workshops at MPOW this month. To my knowledge, these type of non-course-specific sessions have not been offered for some years (perhaps ever… the institutional memory is relatively short-term due to the youngish nature of the staff). That said, it was not a huge surprise when only one […]

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Sometimes it’s what you don’t expect

So I’ve been working on a series of workshops for the brief, one-month semester we have at MPOW called JTerm. Three workshops. One each week. Two sessions each. The first is a refresher course on finding library resources, the second on evaluating sources, and the final on citation managers and plagiarism. I’m uber-excited about these […]

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Weekend must-read: Barbara Fister’s LOEX presentation

Writer-scholar-teacher-librarian extraordinaire Barbara Fister gave the keynote presentation at this year’s LOEX conference in Nashville, TN. I encourage you to read the full text of her presentation, which she described in the following abstract: Developing both the skills and the disposition to engage in inquiry is a ubiquitous if ill- defined goal of higher education. […]

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Imagine there’s no one-off…

Today, I’ll be attending the last of a series of library workshops on integrating information literacy into the curriculum. In preparation for the class, I’ve been searching for examples of librarians that have worked with faculty to develop system-wide changes to student learning outcomes, course assignments, and degree requirements. I’ve listed a few examples at […]