Professional Development

Ellen’s Tuesday at NCLA

Friday, October 7, 2011 6:28 pm

Tuesday I was able to attend the Pre-Conference Workshop, Everybody Teaches! Creating Effective Online e-learning Experiences, at NCLA presented by Lauren Pressley, Amy Archambault (UNCG) and Beth Filar Williams (UNCG).

The outline for the workshop centered on the ADDIE instructional design principles. (I was very glad that I had attended the recent Teaching, Teaching class and my group had been assigned this principle to explore!) We split into groups with similar teaching goals and discussed how we could apply the phases to our projects. Because there were different perspectives (public, academic, government) and different goals (online classes, tutorials, enhancing face-to-face teaching) the discussions were lively and helped spark ideas that we probably wouldn’t have thought of on our own.

The workshop gave me some good ideas for incorporating technology into upcoming face-to-face LIB 100 classes as well as thinking about how to create engaging online classes. I’m looking forward to playing with some of the tools that were suggested to inspire even more ideas.

2011 NCICU Purchasing Committee

Monday, May 16, 2011 12:41 pm

Derrik and I attended this year’s Purchasing Committee meeting at High Point University last week. This was the first time the group has done a 1 day format and they jam-packed it! The whole focus was e-books.

We heard a hilarious presentation from Tim Rogers of NC Live poking fun at the ad-hoc purchasing approach for e-books by NC Live to-date, but then he gave his serious plan for a more organized approach, which received resounding approval. We also had a Lyrasis update from Cal Shepherd.

The majority of the day was spent in hearing purchasing proposals from the various vendors who came in person to pitch — this marked a return to the style from the NCCIHE meetings that I experienced as a new librarian in NC, maintaining a strict focus on collective buying advantages. It became fairly clear that EBL and ebrary are the main players, while EBSCO’s pick-up of NetLibrary has some good potential since they will adopt more current access and pricing models as fast as they can arrange it with the publishers. We also learned that EBL has made a proposal to NC Live, but we have to remember that NC Live is waiting to find out about the state budget and has made preparations for cuts of products if necessary. No specific actions were taken by the NCICU Purchasing Committee with any particular vendor yet since the outcome of many presentations culminated in more info to come by email.

High Point University is impressive — lots of newer buildings. We were in the fancy new building for the Wilson School of Commerce for meals, and passed by the Boardroom and Trading Room (with electronic “ticker tape” board scrolling around the entire top perimeter) en route to the Banquet room, which had a projector that dropped down from hiding behind a ceiling tile. The rest of the time we were in Norton International Home Furnishings Center, and I hope 204 looks this good when upgraded. Now if we could just get those same La-Z-Boy Executive Chairs, we’d really be in business!

Library value, directions and impact

Thursday, January 6, 2011 1:10 pm

My first two days in San Diego were spent at the ALISE conference. ALISE focuses on librarianship, education, and research. The opening session focused on the changing needs of the profession and the impact on LIS education. In fact this seems to be an ongoing theme, how librarians continue to prepare themselves for new challenges and opportunities.

I had the chance to connect with some of my friend from UNC (go heels!) and USC (go cocks!) during poster sessions and conference breaks. One of the most interesting sessions I attended was on ARL research on the value of academic libraries. The presenters asked some vey compelling questions including how libraries get to assessing value from the perspective of students and patrons as opposed to measuring activities and attendance.

The discussion around this got to a key issue about the lack of research data or methods to libraries get to value or impact focused assessments. It was suggested that the lack of this type of data is an impediment to the ongoing centrality of the library to the academic experience. This topic really connected with my experience at the Peabody leadership institute a few years ago that focused on the role and value of libraries in the academic world.

Interested? The report is at the ARL site

More to come this afternoon and Friday morning and then it is back downtown to go to ALA Midwinter

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