Category Archives: Dominican University GSLIS

Practicum: Teaching & Using Flickr in Libraries

I am also serving as faculty advisor with a student for a practicum experience at Schaumburg Township Disrict Library. Carrie has been working this semester on STDL’s Flickr presence, staffing the Reference Desk and she just taught a class on Flickr for the public.  Checkout her blog here:

Info Architecture for Libraries – Two Independent Studies


I’m working with two students this semester on individual independent studies. They’ve chosen to chronicle their work via a blog, This is one of the ways we check in and I can see their progress. We also meet for lunch every other week to discuss readings and have some genral chit chat.

This project is being completed as part of an independent study by Kyle Jones and Katharine Johnson, graduate students in Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science. 

Kyle wants to investigate more into the field of Information Architecture and develop a background on its influence (or lack thereof) on library website and application design.

Katharine wants to gear her research toward the architecture of library website content.  After a rigorous investigation of IA on a whole, she hopes to offer libraries a blueprint for their site design based upon what has (and has not) worked in the past and creating a sustainable site for the future.

Check out their work here:

Illinois Digital Library Survey

Are you from a library or cultural institution located in Illinois?  Do you have a digital collection? 

Please participate in this Illinois digital library survey!

The survey consists of 25 questions, takes 5 to 10 minutes to complete, and is available between March 16 and April 6, 2009 on The results will be posted on WebJunction Illinois ( at the end of April.

Please use this URL to connect to the survey:

We are a group of Graduate School of Library and Information Science students from Dominican University working on a research project to collect data for a statewide descriptive survey on digital collections (defined as a collection of images, text, video or audio made available on the Internet or Intranet in any type of library or cultural institution). 

Thanks for your participation!

Please feel free to forward this link to anyone you think may be interested in responding.

Miriam Lytle
Marie M. Martino
Justine Wagner-Mackow

GSLIS, Dominican University

LIS768 Student Survey: User Centered Libraries & Personalization

Three students at Dominican’s graduate School of Library and Information Science invite you to participate in an online survey asking professional librarians to discuss the importance and aspects of personalization of the Library. As future librarians we are continuously learning and looking for ways to strengthen and improve the programs and services that we will provides to members, libraries and the public. We want to gather the many diverse efforts librarians currently use to create user directed libraries and capture as many new exciting ideas still waiting to be actualized. 

For this survey we understand ‘personalization’ to mean that patrons of the library can do one of more of the following: configure and select the content of a library’s web presence appearing on their own computers, create their own space on the library’s web pages (teens and adult can initiate their own book and film clubs), contribute content for the library’s web pages such as book reviews and reading lists and tags, and comment about the library and its collections.

You are invited to take a short online survey that will ask you to evaluate what personalization is and how libraries use this valuable tool. Your answers will help guide the development of future plans, and help us better meet the needs of all members. Please go to  to complete the survey. It will be available from March 4, 2009 through March 23, 2009. 

All responses to the survey will remain anonymous and absolutely confidential and will be used only in aggregate with all other responses received. We are hoping for many responses from a broad spectrum of librarians and libraries.

Thank you in advance for being part of our classes’ exploration of Library 2.0 and participatory service. We look forward to sharing the results with online when the survey is complete. 

Thank you,

Emily, Jessica, and Bill

If you have questions contact Bill elliwill (at)

Visiting the Second Life Reference Desk


 Each semester in LIS768 we take an hour and talk about Second Life and log in to see what it’s like. This is the first semester that we have actually chatted with a Reference Librarian and I was very happy the class got to participate. The librarian spoke with the class and told us she does a voluntary 2 hour shift weekly in world and gets a good number of reference questions from outside of LIS folk.

Some synchronicity: add to this an email I received from a librarian that follows me on Twitter who is teaching at Catholic University this semester.
LSC 742 Library Technologies and Project  Management Class: . 
You’ll note one focus of the class is working in SL.  My LIS701 students were also very interested in the section in our new book about SL. I know SJSU has a presence, but what are other LIS schools doing with SL?

Twitter in the Classroom

David Silver writes:

this semester, twitter is the main mode of communication used by my students and me. twitter has replaced at least three classroom technologies, and has streamlined our outside-the-classroom conversations and collaborations.

twitter has replaced the class listserv. for years, i’ve used a listserv (alternatively called a mailing list or discussion list) to extend our discussions beyond the classroom. these days, when we want to continue conversations, the 12 students in DMP, the 17 students in ESF, and i use twitter.

twitter has replaced email announcements. in the past, if something’s come up, or i want to add a reading, or we have a location change, i would send all the students in class an email. these days, when i have something to announce, or when my students have something to announce, we use twitter.

twitter has replaced the cardboard box i used to bring to class on due dates. in the past, my students would print out their papers and bring them to class; i’d collect them in a box and take them back to the office to grade. these days, my students write blogs, design flickr sets, upload vidoe, and post works-in-progress. when finished, they tweet about it so that i – and, more importantly, their peers – can check it out.

We’re doing similar in LIS768. Follow along  here: Feel free to chime in!

Collaboration in the Classroom

So, if you’re an administrator, what are you doing to foster collaboration among your staff, and especially your teachers? And I’m talking more than just PLC’s, although that’s not a bad start. What are you really doing to fundamentally change the structure of your school(s) from one of isolation (close the door and teach), to one of sharing and collaboration (knock down the walls)? Is it unacceptable to share in your institution?

If you’re a teacher, what are you doing to foster collaboration among your students? And I’m talking more than putting them into groups of four and having the students create a PowerPoint presentation together. What are you really doing to fundamentally change the structure of your classroom from one of isolation (do your own work), to one of collaboration (work with others)? What are you doing to build their skills to succeed in a corporate environment that requires them to collaborate on a global scale?

Intended for K-12, this post speaks to me not only as a professor but as someone who thinks about libraries. I’d like to see more sharing in my classes and between classes in our program – this is something I need to build into syllabi. I’m also eager to see more opportunities  for collaboration between librarians and users – sharing virtually and in our spaces. This certainly impacts BI, the reference interview and user programming.

So much to think about.

3rd Annual eChicago


For further information about the Third Annual eChicago symposium Thursday April 2nd (evening) and Friday April 3rd please see the attached flyer.

To register go to

Upgrading Mid Semester – Are You Nuts?

Just posted this on my course sites:


Dear LIS768ers:

We have a decision to make. There is a new version of the blog software that runs our site. My provider has suggested we upgrade and I agree – BUT – it means some change in the look and use of the back end interface of your blogs. This means you might have to relearn a few steps to posting to your blogs. It also means we will get improved functionality and some spiffy new features.

Here’s what your blog posting interface looks like now:

And here’s what the new interface looks like:

I will only do this if the majority of LIS768 and LIS753 students agree it’s a good idea to have this experience of an interface change during the semester. I am interested because it will give you some real world experience when applications and interfaces change. It proves that change is constant and we can meet it head on as explorers. It taps into to everything I want you to get out of technology classes with me. Please comment on this post with your thoughts. I will gladly bow to the hive mind for this one.


I will be very interested to see what they decide! Stay tuned.

LIS768 Spring 2009 Blogs

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