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LIS753 Student Blogs

Our afternoon was spent learning about blogs, libraries and what librarians can do with this tool. Each student got a Blogger blog. They agreeed that I could post them here. What amazes me is within 5 minutes opf posting (really as a way to share the URLs with the class) I had a comment from John Blyberg. How cool. Yes, these should be linked and when I have time I will activate them. Right now, I need to drive home through a lake effect snowstorm. […]

Learning is Social

Great post at Librarians with Class that links to this article. Reading this article is a bit hard for someone who has devoted a great deal of time and energy to the preparation of training materials and the delivery of training classes. I don’t think that I’m ready to just give up on training. I think there are ways, however, that we could incorporate more of the communities of practice elements into training sessions. I have found some of the best moments of learning and “AHA!” is one the folks in workshops I lead discuss the topics amongst themselves and […]

Top 11 Trends for Organizational Learning

Via Clio Institute Blog again! (Go Gail!) Google Blogs Wikis Open Source IM/VOIP (Instant Messaging/ Voice Over Internet) Ambient Information Mobile Phones as Content Inputs/Outputs Podcasts Computer Games driving educational simulations Growing Training Budgets More Decentralized College Programs Can I say how HOT this list is and how important it is for library folk to be experimenting and implementing services based on these trends. Now is a great time to start that committee or team to discuss this list. Even if it’s a small group, it’s a great starting point. From a training standpoint, it’s time to make classes […]

Learning to Learn

Just a gem of a post by David Warlick, that concludes with this: “If these suppositions are correct, then education must change dramatically in order to support students who must learn to learn, not learn to be taught.” He also had some incredible things to say in a post called “No More Staff Development!” Check out his bullet points and change them to “libraries and librarian-speak” and what he’s describing is a plan for becoming Librarian 2.0! Have the skills to research, evaluate, collaborate, remix, and implement new tools and techniques (contemporary literacy) Are part of an ongoing professional conversation […]

Library Schools Must Teach E-Resource Management (& What Else?)

K. Matthew Dames has a nice article at all about the management of e-resources in libraries. This is big stuff. My favorite point is the one he makes about library schools: It is sheer lunacy to graduate librarians into the work force who have no idea how to negotiate an e-content license. Talk about having a butter knife at the proverbial gunfight: without proper training, librarians have virtually no chance of knowing how to obtain optimal value for their e-content dollar, and therefore the institutions that hire them to negotiate these deals likely are overpaying for that content. In […]

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!

Info Literacy Class Guide

Tonight, I’m subbing for my colleague Joe Sipocz in his Info literacy class at IUSB. Here’s the outline, courtesy of Nancy at IUSB. (And I added a few things as well…) I’m putting it here for easy access 1. What is the Internet? A. Definitions B. How does it work? C. History D.What is on the Internet? | Lycos Top 50 (via Stephen Abram) | Deep Web B. Evaluation Evaluation checklist: Other criteria, the 3C’s: context, comparison and corroboration. Examples: In-class exercise: III. Search engines/Directories How they work: Spiders | Google Pigeons Which ones […]

Trainers: Have you updated your Tech classes lately? I meant to blog this a few weeks ago, but here it is…still timely in my book. “The average American internet user is not sure what podcasting is, what an RSS feed does, or what the term “phishing” means…” Pew lists eight techie terms in the report and I kid you not, your public/student/employee technology/internet classes should define and discuss everyone of them! These did ok: Spam Firewall Spyware Internet Cookies Adware These didn’t: Phishing Podcasting RSS Feeds (I’d add blogging and image sites too!) This is important knowledge… every librarian on your staff should be able to define […]