Category Archives: Pursuing the PhD

UNT IMLS PhD Cohort Member Featured at NY Teacher

Via an e-mail from my cohort colleague Joyce:

Hi All, Our own Rowena is featured in a New York Teacher article relating the importance of school library media specialists to student achievement. Way to go, Rowena!

Yeah! Well done, Rowena!

School libraries work! But they work only when the enthusiasm, energy and professional skills of the school librarian — known today as the library media specialist — make a school library come to life.

Notes from ALISE

I spent three days at the Association of Library and Information Science Educators conference listening to talks, meeting other students and faculty, a discussing some of my interests with various folks.

Here are some highlights and quotable quotes:

A meet-up with Jonathan Furner, Assistant Editor, Dewey Decimal Classification for OCLC who writes the Dewey Blog and has the following personal interests, according to his “About Me” page:

“What happens if we do things ina whole new way? What do we need to do to create flexible propfessionals?” Dr. Randall Bass, Keynote

A HOT conversation with Dr. Steven MacCall, Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Studies, the University of Alabama, about his Medical Librarianship class. Each week includes a lecture/examination of a Library 2.0 tool as well as weekly assignments to post to a student blog. From his syllabus (behind a WebCT firewall):

Lecture 7a: Collection Development V: Print and Online Consumer Health Information
Lecture 7b: Library 2.0 Applications – Podcasting, Screencasting, and iTunes

There was an ACTIVE message board where faculty would leave notes to job seekers and vice versa. Little interviews took place all over the hotel.

Wedenesday night, I zipped into downtown San Antonio and had drinks with Jeff Trzeciak, Associate Dean, Wayne State University Libraries. We talked about his library, their services and how more and more job descriptions will be similar to the one he recently posted. I pointed him to Dave King’s post about it as well.

“How do we move our student toward being reflective practitioners?” Dr. Kate Marek, Dominican University

The poster session was a blur of talking to folks about “the Blog People” and where my next steps might take me looking at how librarians use blogs.

5 Reasons for an inquiry-based approach to LIS education: Inquiry is central to intellectual freedom, Need a deep understanding of how to question information, Promotes comfort with uncertainty and change, Encourage a diversity or perspectives, Fosters active, engaged learning. Dr. Karen Brown, Dominican University

It was a slightly bittersweet time: this was the last official, IMLS-funded gathering of the cohort! We’ve been together since June 2004!

ALISE Keynote: Randall Bass

The Difference that Inquiry Makes: Fostering a Scholarship of Teaching and a Culture of Learning

Bass spoke to a an audience of library and information science educators about how education is changing. He showed a video a student made on civil rights (content creation!) and discussed what learning came from it.

I finally had to say “Amen” at the end!

Educators should ask: “what happens if I try this a whole new way?”

We should be teaching for understanding.

Understanding = flexible performance capability

We should strive to educate flexible professionals.

Posting from ALISE


Greetings from San Antonio & the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE)Conference! We gathered last night at the Omni Hotel.

Today we are prepping our posters, which were printed for us at UNT, having a group lunch, and finding our way around this conference. We set up posters at 5:30pm and the Works in Progress Session and Reception starts at 6pm.

I have my poster, cards, handout, and a bibliography for interested folks.

Class Group Projects

I’m in River Forest at Dominican for the last weekend of class. This afternoon the class presented group projects. There were 5 groups:

Usabilty & Library Web Sites
Blogs & Libraries
Libraries using RSS
Wikis & Libraries
Podcasting & Libraries

I was blown away by the work. We explored libraries that blog, learned how to add feeds to Bloglines, edited a wiki, examined some library Web sites with an eye toward usability, AND listened to a virtual cornocopia of PODCASTS!