This weekend I have the good fortune to make a short appearance in a library and information science class for Emporia State University.  It has been at least two years since I had an LIS class, and the chance to peek at the discussion boards reminded me of all the conversation, collaboration, and sharing that one enjoys when in a class.  We haven’t even met yet but I have already learned a lot from the collegial, professional students of LI835. I’m hoping the links below might be interesting or eye-opening or useful as they continue to tackle very important issues in librarianship.

Assessment — Mortenson Center Newsletters


For an entirely different demonstration of assessment, take a look at the semiannual newsletters from the Mortenson Center.  Instead of numbers, charts or graphs, the newsletter reports on the Center’s activities in a narrative, people-focused style.  The collection of newsletters then become something like an accessible, digestible mini annual report.  They also function as a wonderfully convenient and searchable archive of the Center’s history – something I have wished for in every library I have ever worked in.

Info Literacy — UIUC Scholarly Commons / Savvy Researcher Series

Library Workshops – http://www.library.illinois.edu/learn/basics/workshops.html

Scholarly Commons – http://www.library.illinois.edu/sc/index.html

A creative approach to the stand-by library workshops – this regular series offers topics directly relevant to faculty, graduate students, and highly motivated undergrads.  These patrons are, after all, the primary audience for such optional extracurricular resources.  The information about authors’ rights also ties in closely with the university’s impressive institutional repository: http://www.ideals.illinois.edu/ which is also based out of the library.

Future of Higher Ed — Online Education

Chronicle piece:


Paul LeBlanc’s white paper (mentioned in Chronicle article above):


With both adamant fans and avid critics, the Khan Academy has been mentioned in many conversations about the potential direction of higher education.  Paul LeBlanc imagines a future in which the university is primarily a testing and accrediting institution, with much of the instruction and learning becoming an individual, independent endeavor of the students themselves. If LeBlanc is even partially right, what does that mean for the future academic library?

Myth of the “Digital Native”

Wired: Why Kids Can’t Search – http://www.wired.com/magazine/2011/11/st_thompson_searchresults/

Open University exploding the myth: http://www.agent4change.net/resources/research/1088

Social Media and the Myth: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/09/social-medias-slow-slog-into-the-ivory-towers-of-academia/244483/

I will readily admit that this speaks to a personal pet peeve of mine:  using “generations” as an excuse for stereotypes.  I have done tech training to people of various ages, from various countries and cultures and all stereotypes – no matter what they might be based on – are just that, stereotypes.  Not valid. Not reliable.  Not true.  Some of the most enthusiastic participants in my iPad workshops have been older than me and some of the most hesitant have been younger.  Age does not correlate to any tech skill whatsoever.  Likewise, age also does not correlate to a deficiency of skill.  We do our patrons a severe injustice when we make assumptions about them — the “digital native” myth is just another example of that.

Reaching Students with Social Media:

Green Library, Stanford – http://www.facebook.com/greenlibrary

  • some likes and comments

Swem Library, College of William and Mary – http://www.facebook.com/swemlibrary

  • lots of individual likes, note the “Watch out for zombies!”

UIUC Undergrad Library – http://www.facebook.com/UndergradLibrary

  • the page itself has over 600 likes, but none of the posts have likes or comments from students

Should we use social media to eavesdrop?  Set up a search in HootSuite, for example, for any mention of your university or library?

Social media has to be personal.  Canned material won’t cut it. Allowing the library’s social media presence to be funny and have a personality will be far more successful.  For example:  when we change the status message on our chat widget, we get more chat questions.

Just For Fun

TitanPad – http://titanpad.com/

create a free collaborative notepad by starting a “pad” and sharing your unique link with your team or audience; see the notes appear before your very eyes!

Connect to KU – http://connect.ku.edu/

a great demonstration of centralizing information about a university’s social presence online

If This Then That – http://ifttt.com/wtf

web workflows for dummies!  I love that you don’t have to know any code, just put pieces where you want them. I have one set up to send my twitter favorites to an Evernote notebook automatically.

Best Betas from Gary Price at Internet Librarian – http://librarianinblack.net/librarianinblack/2011/10/garyprice.html

some great stuff to play with, including apps, search engines, videos and more

Google Art Project – http://www.googleartproject.com/

get a close up view of paintings, sketches and tours of the museums that house them

My Diigo Bookmarks – http://www.diigo.com/user/esquetee

no promises at all for consistency or usefulness 🙂