Everyone gets naked every once in awhile. Everyone has to squat on the toilet. There’s nothing shameful, deviant or weird about either of them. But what if I decreed that from now on, every time you went to evacuate some solid waste, you’d have to do it in a glass room perched in [...]
Every ILS and database vendor at ALA Annual seemed to be touting their new flashy, single-search discovery tool that groups together all kinds of information sources in a list of search results. Discovery is the hot topic, and your library surely doesn’t want to be left out in the cold. The sales folks have been [...]
In the last three months, I’ve been interviewed about information literacy by two students. One was working on her MLIS and taking her first instruction course. The other was working on a dissertation, and I was a participant in her study on information literacy programs. These interviews started me thinking about what I’d tell new [...]
One of my projects for the fall semester my library will be organizing a special, active-learning opportunity for students, staff, and faculty that is part of our One Book, One College program on Max Brook’s World War Z.
The library with the support of Honors and Student Activities will be organizing a campus-wide game that [...]
I had the pleasure of being a guest on the Bibliotech Podcast. We talked about social media in libraries, library website design, libraries as loosely coupled systems and other topics.
Social Media in Libraries (here’s a link to the show notes: Bibliotech 26 show notes)
Troy A. Swanson is Department Chair and [...]
When I left the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University and entered the profession, the faculty members did not leave me with answers. They left me with a question, which has driven my career. That question was simply, will libraries exist in the future? At the time, the web was fairly [...]
I was honored to be a guest on Steve Thomas’ Circulating Ideas podcast. Steve and I discussed social media and innovation in libraries.
Circulating Ideas: The Librarian Interview Podcast, Episode Twenty-Three: Troy Swanson.
As I mention at the beginning of the podcast, I owe much to Michael Stephens and the Tame the Web community. I [...]
Call for Chapters: Not Just Where to Click: Teaching Students How to Think About Information
Heather Jagman, Coordinator of Library Instruction, DePaul University, firstname.lastname@example.org Troy Swanson, Department Chair of Library Services, Moraine Valley Community College, email@example.com
Publisher: Association of College and Research Libraries
The editors are seeking chapters written by librarians or faculty members focusing [...]
Higher education has been abuzz about the potential behind service-learning opportunities for many years. The logistics behind service-learning can often be a significant obstacle. Connecting volunteer and social justice efforts to the classroom and also accommodating students’ busy lives can difficult to say the least.
Our library has supported a significant service learning project on our campus, [...]
If you are involved with managing a library website or social media, usability studies should be vitally important to you. My library has conducted several usability tests over the past decade, which provided input for major website redesigns. I thought it might be useful for those new to usability testing to post my library’s documentation [...]