Posted by lpearle on 28 July 2014
I promise: this blog will be better attended in the coming weeks and months. In the meantime, enjoy these links and ideas that I’ve tucked away since, oh, January…
Books, Reading, Etc.
- We bought Twitterature for work, and I’m hoping that some of our English teachers take on the challenge (perhaps not Beowulf, but other books?).
- Joyce highlighted Buncee a few months ago; maybe for tutorials or resource guides?
- We’re going to create a writing table in the library, encouraging students to write notes and letters. I picked up some great paper in Montreal, and these formal sets are piquing my interest (so do the ideas in the post).
- Trying to figure out ways to introduce these Super Searcher Tips to students, since we have no real class time with them.
- I’m sharing this article, What do College Professors Want from Incoming High School Graduates, with my faculty. And, with luck, we can do a Professional Development session using this quiz so they understand the students take on research.
- I used an Office template for our annual report, then published to Issuu. These look like some great alternatives.
- Is anyone using Postach.io with Evernote? Wondering if that would be a good way to push content to the school.
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Posted by lpearle on 31 January 2014
I was fortunate to get off the waiting list for the RUSA MARS/RSS pre-conference and see what public and academic librarians think about the maker/create/collaborate space trend.
The overwhelming message was the “maker/createspace” was not just about 3D and Audino, it was anything that isn’t reference or readers advisory. You don’t need to be a coder to be a creator, you can be a knitter, calligrapher or a rubber stamper (or another type of creator). This is a message that we need to remember as we create our spaces: it’s about the creation, not the tools. At bottom, doesn’t “maker” meet our mission as librarians, helping people explore their passions? In schools especially we’re supposed to help students create new things with the knowledge they acquire – and a maker/create/collaborative space does just that. Thinking about the space is a great way to start the strategic planning process, too, as it will involve people from different constituencies.
One important thing is to not be a closed shop: be open to all platforms (iOS, WinTel, Chrome, Lynix) and allow people to use all those during the programs. A diversity of experience and resources can spark really interesting ideas. It’s also critical to remember that not everyone can afford the tools necessary (it’s also important not to go broke providing for people using the space – finding that happy medium can be difficult).
How should you start? Ask the community what they want, and what they can bring to the space. Consider an Idea Studio (a la Warwick PL). NCSU’s Hunt Library has a 270o Visualization and Teaching Lab (home of the Virtual Paul’s Cross Website).
Final words: balance what the users really do want and need with what they’re told they want and need (by the media, the library administration, etc.). It’s a difficult process, and an on-going one, but very worth it.
Other pearls of wisdom:
- outside funding, but BYOP[roject] is also good
- Facebook and Twitter are great sources of ideas for what other libraries are doing – see how you can re-purpose their ideas
- helping people with digital curation is as much “maker” as it is “archivist”
- consider putting large windows in the space, so people outside can see what’s inside and get inspired
- students like whiteboards, flexible seating and furnishings
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Posted by lpearle on 18 December 2013
For those about to go on Break, some things to explore and/or ponder.
Books, Reading, Etc..
- FlipGrid looks like an amazing tool for both reader-to-reader advisory and in class collaboration for online learning. (via)
- Are you Sleepless in Cyberspace? Maybe this vacation is a good time to try to rethink things.
- Doug ponders Age, Energy, Privacy and Morals – I’m a little more concerned about privacy (perhaps because of my age) than he is… it’s interesting to note that many of my students don’t think about it, but when you start talking about the lack they get very concerned.
- For those of my friends traveling, some tips on how to get through the airport fast. Bon voyage!
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Posted by lpearle on 31 October 2013
Sorry I missed September – here’s two month’s worth!
Books, Reading, Etc..
- A recent project about the Republican Party’s ideas about debt and fiscal planning led me to give my “sometimes, it’s ok to use biased information” speech. This time I also added “but if you use social media, you’re going to need to verify what you’re reading”. Of course, as always, Joyce puts it far better than I. And HT @lbraun2000 for 10 Ways Students Can Use Twitter for Research.
- One goal for the year is getting colleagues (some, not all) to see us as “embedded” in their courses, and much of the work will be done on-line. This article about feedback will help me work with both students and faculty. We also need to work on improving the library experience for them.
- Don’t you love the video tours here? Think we need to try doing some for my library!
- As I begin to play with my iPad and watch students intently focused on their iPhones, I’ve begun deleting that which is not used. Cleaning the crap makes it just more usable – and I’m not alone in this thinking. (I’m also working on learning to type – thx Doug for these tips!). That won’t stop me from seeing which of these apps I should recommend to everyone!
- Research season is fast approaching, which makes this the perfect time to revisit what Archipelago said about her Adventures with E-books. Even better (from my viewpoint) is the opportunity to test-drive some of this with students and talk to vendors at AASL and ALA Midwinter.
- The Atlantic gives advice about the iPhone signature far too many people haven’t yet changed. Go now and be creative.
- Usually it’s my librarians who give away the good Google search tips. This time, it’s Wise Bread (so maybe now more people will get the hint[s]).
- Badging is becoming a big thing these days, and I’m inspired by Laura’s blog to consider ways we can integrate badging and library skills.
I bookmarked this a while ago, and having just finished meeting several parents during Families Weekend, it’s worth remembering that not everyone is, or thinks like, a librarian.
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Posted by lpearle on 30 April 2013
Books, Reading, Etc.
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Posted by lpearle on 21 March 2013
When you visit The Center for Fiction in NYC, you might be there for the great selection of used books on sale, or one of the neat author events. If you’re a member you may be there to browse the collection, use the Reading Room or take one of the writer’s workshops on offer. But I suspect some people come for the elevator cab:
Who wouldn’t want to use it?
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Posted by lpearle on 29 November 2012
As the year draws to a close many of us spend time evaluating what and how we’re doing. For me, it’s also a time to think about my professional development and what my Return on Investment is for each method.
There are a ton of library-related conferences out there for us to attend: EduCon, ALA Annual, ALA Midwinter, ALA’s divisional conferences (like AASL’s bienniel conference, or ACRL’s annual one, not to mention YALSA’s biennial Literature Symposium), SLJ’s Leadership Summit, ISTE, NCTE/ALAN, IBBY and many more, not to mention local and state organizations’ events. I see some people constantly flitting from one to another and I wonder two things: don’t their home libraries miss them? and what are they actually getting from each event?
Yes, each has a different focus and attracts different people. And obviously if you’re presenting you’ve got good reason to go. But if you’re not presenting, are you actually learning new things, or is it more reiterating what you heard – albeit in slightly different words or format – in a previous session at a previous conference? There’s definite value to the networking opportunities, and if you’re a solo librarian it’s incredibly validating and heartwarming to be with others you can talk to on a professional level. But what is the ROI?
It’s not just about conferences – how many organizations, elists, publications, blogs, twitter feeds, etc. can you follow sensibly? For me, it’s about finding the few people who are great aggregators and following them. Otherwise I find that I’m ignoring too many tweets and posts, the really good stuff getting lost in the overwhelming flood of information.
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