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LIS768 Context Book Assignment: Videos

Every semester in LIS768: Participatory Service & Emerging Technologies, one option for the Context Book Report assignment is to produce a video or media project. Here are this semester’s submissions.



Latino Link:

Setting the Table:

Born Digital:

Legendary Brands:

I struggled with a WP glitch to embed so please just follow the links. I appreciate the work and thought these students put into their reports.

LIS768 Group Projects

Greetings from Dominican University GSLIS!

Today we had four presentations:

Library Signage: Explored the good, bad and encouraging world of library signage.

E-Books & Libraries: Presented basics, issues and considerations about e-books and offered some great examples.

See this link:

The Library Commons: Started with the Smithsonian Commons concepts as well as other inspirations related to the idea of “The Commons.”

Library commons

Here’s a video about the the future of the Commons in libraries:

Drupal & Libraries: This group redesigned a library’s Web site with Drupal.
This video was featured in TWO of the presentations. The Unquiet Library ROCKS!

The Library is Everywhere:

QR Codes Connect Students to Books

I used this as an example yesterday for the Michigan school librarians:

“I realized how often I see them in public and I wanted to give [students] an awareness of them,” says Brook Forest’s school librarian, John Schumacher, referring to QR codes, two-dimensional barcodes that can be read using a camera on a smartphone. “They were coming up with lots of ideas of what they could make: business cards, links to their online accounts, and creating further designs.”

But first, Schumacher had the students write mini book lists and reviews, and then QR code their suggestions so other students could see what they liked. The popular school librarian—who posts online the number of books he reads each year along with authors he’s met—is big on getting books into kids’ hands. He even papers lockers and bathrooms at Brook Forest with posters marketing the latest title that’s arrived in the library. When the poster goes up in the bathroom, students know they can start reserving a new book.

“And I know they’re reading in the bathrooms,” Schumacher says. “Because they come in and tell me something I’ve only posted in there. I’ve pretty much taken over the school.”

Disclaimer: John is a Dominican GSLIS grad and I had the privilege to have him in three classes.

Updating LIS768 List of Context Books for Student Reports

This morning I’m updating one of my favorite assignments for LIS768 Participatory Service and Emerging Technologies. Two years ago, I asked for further suggestions to share with my class. Today. I’ll do the same: what would you add? Please share in the comments below. I’ll be including the post URL in the course site.

Original post from 2008:

Current list included in syllabus:

Assignment – Context Book Report – 10 points

Students will read a book selected from the list provided below or suggest another title for Michael’s approval, and write a 200-300 word reflection posted to your blog relating the topic and focus of the book to libraries, technology and participatory service.

OPTIONAL: Instead of writing your report, create a media presentation such as a podcast, YouTube video, Animoto show, etc. Let your creativity flow!

Selections from the Online Reading List

  • Anderson, Chris. The Long Tail
  • Beck, John C. & Mitchell Wade. Got game
  • Bernoff, Josh. Groundswell
  • Breakenridge, Deidre. PR 2.0
  • Carr, Nicholas. The Big Switch: rewiring the World, from Edison to Google
  • Collins, Jim. Good to Great
  • Doctorow, Cory Content
  • Doctorow, Cory Little Brother
  • Frankel, Alex. Punching In
  • Fried, Jason & David Heinemeier Hannsen. Rework
  • Friedman, Thomas. The World is Flat
  • Gee, James Paul. What Video Games Have to teach Us about Learning & Literacy
  • Gilmore, James & B. Joseph Pine II. Authenticity
  • Gladwell, Malcolm. Blink
  • Gladwell, Malcolm. Outliers
  • Godin, Seth. Small is the New Big
  • Godin, Seth. Tribes
  • Godin, Seth. Linchpin
  • Heath, Chip & Dan. Switch
  • Jenkins, Henry. Convergence Culture
  • Jenkins, Henry. Fans, Bloggers & Gamers: Exploring Participatory Culture
  • Johnson, Steven. Everything Bad is Good for You
  • Keen, Andrew The Cult of the Amateur
  • Kelley, Tom with Jonathan Littman. The Ten Faces of Innovation
  • Kusek, David & Gerd Leonhard. The Future of MusicLevine, Rick et al. The Cluetrain Manifesto
  • Meyer, Danny. Setting the Table
  • Palfrey, John & Urs Gasser. Born Digital
  • Penn, Mark J. Microtrends
  • Pink, Daniel. A Whole New Mind
  • Shirky, Clay. Here Comes Everybody
  • Solove, Daniel. The Future of Reputation
  • Sunstein, Cass. Infotopia
  • Tapscot, Dan. Grown Up Digital
  • Tapscott, Don & Anthony D. Williams. Wikinomics
  • Weinberger, David. Everything is Miscellaneous
  • Weinberger, David. Small Pieces Loosely Joined
  • Zittrain, Jonathan. The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It

Press Release: Dominican University appoints Ken Haycock as Follett Chair

River Forest, IL – Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) has appointed Dr. Ken Haycock as the Follett Chair in Library and Information Science. Haycock is the recipient of the American Library Association’s 2010 Beta Phi Mu Award, presented annually for distinguished service to education in librarianship, as well as the association’s Herbert and Virginia White Award for promoting the profession of librarianship. A prolific writer and editor, he currently serves as regional editor for Library Management and series editor for Neal-Schuman’s The MBA for the MLIS Bookshelf.

Haycock has held senior positions in both his native Canada and the United States, including most recently, as director of the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University, where he was named an outstanding professor; and director of the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia. He is the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal for contributions to Canadian society. A past president the American Association of School Librarians as well as the California Library Association, Haycock now serves as a member of the ALA Committee on Accreditation. He is also senior partner at Ken Haycock & Associates, Inc., which works with organizations to build capacity for leadership, collaboration and advocacy.

Haycock received a bachelor’s degree in political science and a diploma in education from the University of Western Ontario, a master’s degree in education from the University of Ottawa, a master’s degree in library science from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree in business administration from Royal Roads University, and a doctorate in education from Brigham Young University.

“Dominican University is delighted to make this appointment,” noted Dr. Susan Roman, dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. “Dr. Haycock is a noted scholar, educator and leader who has been recognized by a wide variety of professional library organizations and has experience in a number of library environments. We look forward to his invaluable contributions to our new doctoral program, to our strategic planning initiatives, and to our position and profile within the field of educating librarians.”

One of only four chairs in library science in the country, the Follett Chair is bestowed upon a master researcher and scholar who has achieved renown in the profession, and is endowed through a gift of the Follett Corporation.

Accredited by the American Library Association (ALA), Dominican University’s GSLIS has been educating future library leaders and information professionals since the 1930’s. The school offers master’s degrees in library and information science as well as a doctor of philosophy in library and information science.

From Michael: I am over the moon about this! Welcome Ken!

Announcing eChicago 2010 @ Dominican University

Thursday September 9 : 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday September 10 : 8.30 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Register Today!

EChicago @Dominican is organized and sponsored by the Graduate School of Library & Information Science, Dominican University. Every year practitioners, policymakers and researchers exchange ideas and find better ways to work together. As the global information society impacts the local, and vice versa, this year eChicago@Dominican will explore not only local community projects but also global projects. Three of our key speakers will discuss collaborations in countries which are very much on the minds of the international community, Haiti and China.

Key Speakers

Gaston Armour is currently with the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) as the Statewide Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, in the Office of Security and Emergency Preparedness. In this role he assists, coordinates and provides direction for the emergency preparedness and readiness programs with the agency’s 13,000 employees. Prior to his current assignment he was in the Office of Strategic Planning as liaison for the governor’s Team Illinois initiative.

Professor Barbara J. Ford, Director of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs and Mortenson Distinguished Professor at the Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Former President of the American Library Association (ALA). Recognized with awards by the ALA and Chinese American Librarians Association for her significant contributions and dedication to international librarianship.

Dr. Shuyong Jiang is the Chinese Studies Librarian at the Asian Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Jiang is project director of Think Globally, Act Globally US-China Librarian Collaboration. Funded jointly for the US Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Chinese Ministry of Culture.

Dr. Kathleen Robbins, developed FonkoSel Aktive pa Digicel, a replication of the Grameen Bank Village Phone program, creating a partnership between Digicel, the largest cellular provider and Fonkoze, the largest MFI in Haiti. Co-founder of Jatropha Pepinyè, a non-profit business that uses a non-edible plant native to Haiti as a biofuel source.

Panels Include
Dominican University Westside Community Collaborative
Preparing and Building Community in Crises
Community Technology Centers in Chicago
Youth Community Technology Programs
Archives and Collective Memory in the Digital World: International and Local Communities
The 21st Century Skills Movement in Libraries and Museums

The Online Student Experience

A very striking example of what online education can be for some. I’m currently teaching a class this summer and am trying to do as much as I can to increase my visibility/presence. The good folks at SJSU University SLIS shared this video with me – I’m on their Technology Advisory Board.

One thing I noticed last semester is that my classes really responded to video, so I’m aiming to do more and more with video. Here’s a silly class check in from last week while Cooper and I were hiking:

One thing I heard from the SJSU folks that agreed with my own realizations: if you are going to do video, don’t fret too much that it is absolutely perfect – just do it. The video above was the second take of only two I did on the trail.

I’m interested to hear from other folks who teach online – what has worked well? What have you found that sparks interest and engagement online?

Practicum Report: Skokie Public Library – a TTW Guest Post by Brett Kochendorfer

Over the past three months I have gained invaluable experience from my practicum at the Skokie Public Library. Interacting with patrons is one of my favorite facets of librarianship and the patrons at the Skokie Public Library are phenomenal. I was inspired with the overwhelming professionalism and excellence displayed by the staff. My practicum kicked off with the Second Annual Skokie Madden Bowl. I was impressed by patron turnout for the Madden Bowl and the measurable impact the librarians, Richard Kong & Toby Greenwalt, had on the teen community.

During my internship I interacted with several patrons, including two librarians from other libraries, who told me I was extremely lucky to work at a library that cared deeply about their community and had a wide variety of material, programs, and compelling outreach capabilities. The diversity of patrons and variety of questions made for a fulfilling internship. As Dr. Stephens might say, this is a library that encourages the heart. I wrote a week-to-week summary of my experiences on my blog. If you are interested you can obtain detailed information here:

While at the library I worked on a Learning Digital Media web presence for their Digital Media Lab. The concept of the Learning Digital Media website is to encourage patrons to use the lab by showing them how to begin creating Digital Media. Each post contains step-by-step instructions on how to “get your feet wet” in digital media with links to additional resources and related circulating material available at the library.

In the words of Richard Kong, whom I would consider my advisor on this project, “When I think about the future of libraries, I can’t help but think that educating our users in technology (including digital media creation) has to be a huge part of the equation.” I could not agree more with Richard and look forward to encouraging digital media and the library as an information publisher in my career.

Brett Kochendorfer is a recent MLIS graduate from Dominican University. Brett maintains a blog at and you can follow him on twitter at

Note from Michael: I served as Brett’s practicum advisor this spring semester. He graduated last week as well! Congrats, Brett!

Welcome to Library School & Congrats New Grads

A brief post based on my notes for a short speech this week at Dominican GSLIS New Student Orientation and some reflection on the 55 students who graduated from our program last Saturday:

Ranganathan said “the Library is a growing organism.” That evolution continues and you all are starting your graduate library school journey at a perfect time.

I was recently in South Carolina, where I found myself in the hotel bar after a speech for the library school. The bartender was fired up about his brand new iPod Touch. He was running the bar’s music of of it via a cable attached to the sound system, and surfing the Web via the hotel’s wifi. He praised the access to the Web and his apps and held up the shiny new device and said:

” I have the whole world of information in my hand.”

This is the landscape our new students and graduating students are experiencing.  For many – not all, of course – but for many, this ultra-connected world is the norm and new  devices and services enhance it almost daily.

One of my goals as an LIS educator is to prepare my students for a decidedly digital future in libraries. Technology will touch every aspect of library service and operation is some way – big or small – from storytime to book clubs, from research collections to media production studios within the library.

Technology allows us to extend the presence of library service and librarians in ways that Ranganathan and Shera might have only dreamed about. But the most important thing is these technologies allow us to extend our missions of service, stewardship and access in surprisingly human channel.  When technology falls away, it’s not a blog, or a Meebo-embedded staffer, or a Drupal reader’s community, it’s simply a group of people having a conversation.

For our new students – I wish you great success and urge you to be curious and creative with your coursework. Creativity will be a valuable commodity in your future library work. In my LIS701 class, we read Daniel Pink’s “A Whole New Mind” in which he suggests one way to free the creative right brain to have new ideas is to occupy the left brain with a task, such as walking a labyrinth. For the last night of class, we met at Oak Park’s First United Church and did just that. Each turn, each pause for reflection, each moment spent in the middle of the maze offered a chance for my students – and me – to consider our semester’s work and the next step. It was a pleasant exercise.

For our most recent grads – I wish you great success with everything you do in libraries. I have high hopes for the innovations and changes our graduates and all new LIS professionals will make. This is an incredible time to be working in libraries. Economic issues force us to be creative and to be vocal advocates for our services. Go forth! Create the future of libraries! I am counting on all of you.

Independent Study Project: The Book Advisor – A TTW Guest Post by Maggie Ryan

In January of this year, I began an Independent Study under the guidance of Michael Stephens. On February 14, 2010, I posted that: “The purpose of this study is to create readers’ advisory tools that utilize Web 2.0 technology.” During the past four months I have spent time: reviewing literature that is relevant to the topic; studying public library websites to ascertain what RA services are currently available and to determine what types of RA 2.0 other public libraries are providing for their patrons; and surveying library patrons to learn what services they believe would benefit them. While working on the study, I had the opportunity to learn about Drupal, a content management system and I made the decision to use Drupal to develop Web 2.0 readers’ advisory tools. The outcome of all of this effort is The Book Advisor, a prototype for a library readers’ advisory website.

As I mentioned, over the course of this project I spent a fair amount of time reading and reviewing literature that relates to readers’ advisory in a library 2.0 world. The list of readings includes the titles:

  • Library 2.0: A Guide to Participatory Library Service by Michael Casey and Laura Savastinuk
  • Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations by Clay Shirky
  • Everything is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder by David Weinberger

All of these titles provided me with an in-depth analysis of how the digital revolution has forever altered how we communicate and organize both ourselves and the information we provide to each other. I also read a number of articles that looked at how libraries can and are utilizing Web 2.0 tools to provide readers’ advisory. The list of articles includes:

  • Peterson, Glenn & Sharon Hilts McGlinn, Building a Community of Readers: BookSpace
  • Stover, Kaite, Stalking the Wild Appeal Factor: Reader’s Advisory and Social Networking Sites
  • Wyatt, Neal, Take the RA Talk Online
  • Wyatt, Neal, 2.0 For Readers
  • Zellers, Jessica, In Blog Heaven: A Painless New Approach to Readers’ Advisory

Readers’ advisory, for those who are unfamiliar with it, is a service of providing book suggestions for a reader based on information provided by the reader. It is a conversation between the reader and the readers’ advisory that focuses on what the reader likes to read. As I read through the articles about RA and Web 2.0, I repeatedly encountered the same thoughts and ideas based on the premise that utilizing library 2.0 tools for RA is a natural progression.

I created a short survey, Readers’ Advisory Survey, using the Web tool Survey Monkey so that I could informally survey the patrons of my local public library to learn what Readers Advisory services would benefit them. I distributed the survey to a group of library patrons and received 25 responses. I then evaluated the responses to determine what tools would best meet the RA needs of the patrons.

The Book Advisor is, as I stated, a library readers’ advisory website. It is a site that utilizes many Web 2.0 tools to provide readers with the information they are looking for, and the tools and resources they need. The site features an online book discussion blog, contact forms, and various places for visitors to make suggestions and leave comments, all of which allow patrons the opportunity to be active creators and participants in the library experience. The site also offers patrons the chance to be part of a group on the social book sharing site, Goodreads, where they can share their reading interests with other Goodreads members. The site currently includes RSS feeds that patrons can subscribe to for the book discussion blog and if the site were a live library active site and not just a prototype, it would also feature RSS feeds for new titles in the library collection as well as a presence on Twitter and Facebook.

I would like to mention that I found much of the inspiration for my prototype on public library websites I visited while working on this project. It is very gratifying to see that public libraries are increasingly developing services that incorporate Web 2.0 tools. I feel that through the implementation of services such as these, libraries in the 21st century are responding to the ever-changing landscape of technology as well as the diverse and changing needs of their patrons.

Please feel free to visit the site: The Book Advisor

Note: This site was created for a class project. Any copyrighted image or content is being used for class purpose only.

Maggie is a May 2010 graduate of the GSLIS program at Dominican University. She has worked in public  libraries for the past fifteen years, the last seven years in the Adult Services department of Fremont Public Library in Mundelein, IL.

Note from Michael: Maggie graduated on Saturday! Congrats to here and all of our 2010 graduates.