It’s been really busy the last few months, what with the start of the semester. I’ve been teaching my own LIB 200 Critical research Skills course, as well as delivered 5 library sessions in Education, Nursing and Food and Nutrition (with a focus on grant writing and community organizing). I’ve also had the privilege of presenting directly at a faculty unit meeting outside of my discipline. The slide below is the most important aspect of how I ask faculty to think about supporting student success through library research.
These Burlesque performers really got our “circulation” going at our ALA party! Thanks to Phoenix Bar and Lounge, karaoke hostess Shiela Del Monte, emcee Billey Bibliographic Control, and the folks at the Librarian Wardrobe photobooth for making this a great party! Your photobooth pics have been tweeted by magpielibrarian with hashtags #alaac14 #queeryparty #sadphotobooth
Hurray for Que(e)ry Vegas!!!
- Speakers discussed transition from course library pages embedded ‘on demand’ to content aware, default library blocks in their respective CMS, using simple hierarchy logic.
- I learned that Moodle is 19% of market share (Blackboard is 51%, but 3 years ago was 76%).
- Interesting was that both institutions had experimented with a ‘librarian’ role in Moodle, but ended up scrapping it as it was something that teaching faculty didn’t know/care about. The role was redundant with the integration of a default library block in the CMS.
- Loved this take away quote on committees, “One of us can never be as dumb as all of us.”
- Hofer, Townsend and Brunetti presented their research and pedagogical approach to information literacy instruction. I especially loved their presentation zen visual approach.
- Major take away: Focus on concepts of information retrieval, since the web ain’t going anywhere, but students leave your institution.
- How information literacy librarians see search results vs. how students do:
- Teaching constructed authority through critical library instruction and feminist pedagogy:
- Huge win on 6/25/14 in Congress, 95-3 Senate passed workforce investment re-authorization. For the first time ever, includes that public libraries can be one-stops and community centers for local implementations need to coordinate with public libraries (ie, Federal funding opportunity for public libraries). Obama expected to sign with colors.
- FCC and ALA focusing on libraries as content creators, partnering with education groups to allow higher ed and libraries to have same access (as communications corporations) under net neutrality revisions.
- The Ohio Library Council and the Ohio Congressional delegation in DC are moving eBook access reforms through a House Judicial Subcommittee.
(Tiki-GIF stylings courtesy of danaash)
ATTENTION FRIENDS! It’s our SECOND ALA ANNUAL TUMBLARIAN MEETUP. See you there. Tiki attire optional but encouraged.
PS-Frankies is located but a brief walk from the EveryLibrary After-Party
Tumblarians, bring your hula skirts!
Looking forward to IRL tumblarian meet ups in Vegas.
“A queer librarian burlesque KARAOKE party? I mean, unless you’re also going to have a unicorn kissing booth and free otters at the door, that’s about as much fun as you can pack into one event!”
— Dustin M. Wax, Executive Director of the Burlesque Hall of Fame