On June 11th, I drove to Charlotte to attend the 10th Annual Metrolina Library Association Conference. The keynote speaker was Dr. Jim Carmichael who is an active member of AAUP and an advocate for intellectual freedom. At the heart of teaching, he said, “[Professors] have the right to say what we feel is the truth in the classroom.”
I attended a session on productivity apps such as KanbanFlow and e.ggtimer.com, which has a Pomodoro timer for those who use this time management method. Among noisli.com, rainymood.com, and coffitivity.com, I tested all three websites and the first two are my favorites. Check it out!
I also attended a session on instructional design, which provided some good reminders that learning outcomes should be observable, measurable, and demonstrated. Bloom’s taxonomy is helpful when constructing learning outcomes. When planning instruction, ask yourself: What do you want them to know? Need to know or nice to know?
The last two sessions that I attended were on designing staff development, and here are some points to consider:
Stakeholders: Departments, offices, student organizations, community groups could/should you include in the conversation?
Barriers: Identify any possible barriers that could arise through collaborating
Opportunities: What are some concrete and innovative collaborations that you could do around this topic?
In one session, the speaker recognized Roz Tedford who gave a presentation on developing an Information Literacy credit course for librarians at Winston-Salem State University. Go Roz!
The Living Library at Radford University is something new I learned where people can share their different perspectives, and apparently it is a growing trend in universities across the U.S. In addition, GLSEN is a recommended resource for designing inclusive programs.