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During September 2009...

September 29: Sakai and Other Content Management Systems

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 11:00 am

Giz demoed Sakai

  • Discussed the move to Sakai
  • Faculty discussed moving to Sakai at the last faculty meeting

Erik discussed POGIL

  • Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning Guided Inquiry is guided inquiry and Constructivism (context is everything) Think: student created knowledge
  • POGIL classrooms look like: Group based (3-4 people) students take on roles Presenter, note taker, leader, etc. (six roles, sometimes students take multiple roles) Class time primarily activity based with quizzes.
  • Three stages of learning, explore, formulate theory, apply critical thinking, tie in to blooms taxonomy
  • Pedagogical theory: student created knowledge, meta-literacy skills, group dynamics
  • Some criticisms: cover less content, not expert focused
  • Positive comments: student ownership, context/organization to knowledge acquisitions

Graham T. Allison exhibit

Monday, September 28, 2009 12:45 pm

Graham T. Allsion exhibit

This exhibit was designed to support the speech by Graham T. Allison on October 1st in the Brendle Recital Hall as part of The Voices in Our Time series. Allison is the author of “Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Catastrophe” and has served in the Reagan and Clinton administrations. Allison is a graduate of Davidson and Harvard Colleges, and now works with Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Outreach to International Students

Monday, September 28, 2009 12:31 pm

Last spring, as I was preparing for my presentation at the American Library Association Annual Conference, I had an idea about library outreach to International Students.Roz supported my idea, and Carol introduced me to Sam Edwards, International Studies Adviser at the Wake Forest University Center for International Studies.On August 21st, Giz and I gave a presentation on library resources at the Graduate Students Orientation for International Students. We talked about the various services that ZSR Library offers for graduate students, including the Electronic Theses and Dissertations workshops in addition to the Endnote and Zotero workshops. The students asked many questions, and we encouraged them to come to the Graduate Student Lounge in ZSR Library. We look forward to working with them in the future.

Shelving Unit Transported to Preservation

Friday, September 25, 2009 1:24 pm

Give Hugh his due. Once again, artisan/craftsman Hugh Brown has done work that demonstrates thinking outside the box.

Special Collections is removing everything from the Rare workroom. This move meant demolishing a perfectly good shelving unit because it was too large to get out of the space. Hugh Brown to the rescue. He executed a deft move and sawed the unit in half-carried it down to Preservation on a dolly, and re-assembled it. There is now a very large unit with a laminate work surface and multiple shelves for storing flat materials in Preservation. This will allow me to store materials that I’ve keep for years on the floor and store them in a clean, easy to reach location. Thank you Hugh!

Campus Climate Survey Meeting

Wednesday, September 23, 2009 3:48 pm

I attended the Wednesday, Sept 23rd Campus Climate Survey Meeting in Pugh and since several colleagues could not attend I thought I’d take some notes and post them here!

About 30-35 people attended the session. The review of the instrument described how various work climate elements to provide an overall assessment. As those of us who took the survey will recall, it was based on a 5 point likert scale and had three open items for qualitative data. 1397 surveys were distributed online and in print and 868 were completed. This gave us a better than average (based on the benchmarks) 62 percent completion rate! To ensure annonimity there were options to hide user information such as department or gender. The plan is to do such surveys every two to three years. The organization conducting the survey also does a larger national survey every three years to gather their benchmark data.

The work climate elements in our survey were:

  • Affiliation
  • Work content
  • Career
  • Benefits
  • Compensation

Together these elements equal the “Work Climate” We had a mean score of 3.54 with a standard deviation of 0.55. We had a 60 percent overall favorabilty, which means 60% of responders averaged a 4 or 5 on their responses.

The full Powerpoint report with data and tables will be on WIN on Thursday, September 24th!

Some of the most positive comments focuses on:

  • Fun, challenging work
  • PTO, Tuition concession
  • Ability to make a difference / to have impact
  • Job security and PDC resources
  • Beautiful campus
  • Less corporate environment

September 22: Incorporating Current Information Issues in Library Instruction

Tuesday, September 22, 2009 11:00 am

Erik on Google Books

  1. Google Books Settlement page
  2. ZSR Library blog entries discussing the settlement
  3. Timeline of developments on Cnet
  4. The EU perspective on Google Books
  5. NyTimes coverage
  6. Editorial by Sergey Brin
  • Maybe take the last three and compare
  • Easy to incorporate current issues by doing research on web on really current topic
  • This gives librarians a good opportunity to discuss evaluation and criticism
  • Both the topic and the exercise allows to talk about what it means that it becomes digital and copyright
  • Could have people search on both VuFind or Classic or Google Books and share results

Giz & Mary Scanlon on Net Neutrality

  • There were 4 Rules of Net Neutrality

1. Accessing content.
2. Using applications.
3. Attaching personal devices.
4. Obtaining service plan information.

5. New rule: Non-discrimination.
6. New rule: Transparency.

  • Discussion of AT&T gadget that you can get for an additional $20 a month to improve cell phone signal in your house.

Roz on using Newspapers

  • Lib 210 and Lib100
  • We also discussed Current.tv as a new model
  • Plaigarism & quoting wikipeida
  • Interesting question: how does a new story change as others report it?
  • Interesting question: how do people see corrections if they just do searches?

Kaeley on incorporating these issues into classes

  • How do you frame a class?
  • Do you tell them its important? Or do you let them read and decide?
  • Could do interviews: parents, professors, W-S Journal
  • Choose information related research topic

Kate on still incorporating library skills

  • Law: the challenge is to show that the tools for the past 200 years still have value (such as controlled vocabulary)
  • Activity: split class into two groups–one for books and one for online.
  • Books had to use controlled vocabulary, but internet did not (they could, but didn’t realize that)
  • Books ran into a few problems like books not being on the shelf. However they found relevant information. The internet group found books with the right keywords, but nothing legally relevant.
  • Showed the group the benefit of using print
  • Online it’s harder to see the connect (it’s not as intuitive)
  • Books make the hierarchy and organization very clear and easy to use
  • She could then who how to use print like tools online
  • Help students see they’re searching the abstract rather than the full text
  • Level of subject heading is so broad
  • Discussion of how this applies to other subjects. For example, in Eric, you’d get very different results from “teenagers” rather than “adolescents” or from “mathematics” rather than “math.” Helps students learn value of thesaurus.
  • Could do something similar with Google News or Finance vs. Business Source Complete
  • Could do something similar with advanced Google searching limited to .com vs. .edu
  • Could compare the first five hits from Google vs. Google Scholar
  • Discussion of how important search is, made more evident by the Netflix Challenge winners.

Timeline of Google Books Settlement

Tuesday, September 22, 2009 8:02 am

The Google Books settlement stemmed from lawsuits related to the Google Books digitization project. The original settlement from October 2008 has seen alot of opinion and criticism in the last year. Below is a short list of sites that cover the developments:

  1. Google Books Settlement page
  2. ZSR Library blog entries discussing the settlement
  3. Timeline of developments on Cnet
  4. The EU perspective on Google Books
  5. NyTimes coverage
  6. Editorial by Sergey Brin

In teaching teaching we will discuss some possible uses of Google Books as a teaching topic in Information Literacy courses. Some ideas for using this topic to guide class include:

  1. Doing research on current events
  2. Evaluating ‘news’ type resources on websites (for example comparing Cnet and Reuters coverage)
  3. Discussion of Copyright issues surrounding digitization

Emerging Tech Talk: Location Aware Devices & Augmented Reality

Sunday, September 20, 2009 11:30 am

This month’s Emerging Tech Talk was on Location Aware Devices and Augmented Reality. Since it still sounds a lot like science fiction, and is hard to explain without seeing it in action, we started by watching a few videos:

First, a video about overlaying additional information based on symbols a device understands:

Then, a video about a browser that overlays data with the environment behind it:

Then, a video about Yelp‘s “MonocleEaster Egg for the iPhone:

And finally, we watched Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry‘s Sixth Sense TED Talk.

Afterward, we discussed how location aware devices are becoming more mainstream as GPS technology and compasses show up in mobile devices, and how we’re about to see growth in augmented reality as well (especially after the next version of the iPhone OS). The Sixth Sense demo showed a possible next steps we could see after that. Exciting stuff! And once it’s much more mainstream these technologies will impact how people can access information and what their expectations will be.

If you’re interested in seeing the Monocle app in action, several of us have installed it on our phones. I’d be happy to show you!

Albet Schweitzer Symposium exhibit

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 12:56 pm

Albert Schweitzer Symposium exhibit

Revisiting the Legacy of Albert Schweitzer: Reverence for Life in a Global Context, a symposium, will be held on Tuesday, September 22nd, 4:30 – 6:30 at Wait Chapel.

September 15: Active Learning in One-Shot Sessions

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 11:00 am

Roz on her Junk Science BI

  • Uses the Wellness blog at Time Magazine
  • Found an article on body image
  • Had students read and summarize
  • She knew the cited study in it was Open Access, so as long as they got to it through Google Scholar, the students could read the full text
  • She then gave them an article from Time and the journal article it cited.
  • Had the students look at how they’d find the article, showed how using the database page gives you more information, talked through reading the article
  • She specifically picked an article with wrong information to get the students’ interest
  • She talked less, but students didn’t talk much either

Database discussion

  • When teaching databases, it can be a good strategy to use Academic Search Premier: many can access at the same time and it has the same look and rules as any Ebsco database
  • If you want to use a database with a limited number of users, can have small groups go in together
  • Another option is to have half the class try one database then the other half try the other. Then they can compare the two and coach each other
  • Could have several groups, each group specializes in one, then rotate around to share with each other
  • When doing group comparisons, it’s good to leave time at the end for reporting
  • For education students, you can have students write down what they like and don’t like about their education. Then they can use Eric to find what research can be done based on this life experience.
  • Giz suggested using a model like he uses when teaching Google: 5-10 minute presentation, time for people to play and experiment, 20 minute presentations at the end

Teaching the One-Shot Class

  • Could have several groups based around resources (catalog, encyclopedia, database, etc), become expert, switch groups and share
  • I talked about my worksheets for LIB100 and how I adapted it for a BI session
  • Discussed how to tie into international studies
  • Could base a whole class around CQ Researcher: pros/cons, who are the people, what are the organization, how to use the bibliography
  • Using pop culture references like fantasy football or zombies
  • Get assignment from professor, leave 20 minutes at the end so they can work on it while the librarian is there
  • Scheduling is critical. A BI at the beginning of the semester looks very different from one just before the paper is due.

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