June 10, 2015, 1:56 pm By Brian Mathews June 8, 2015, 1:55 pm Carrie Donovan A few weeks ago I heard Carrie Donovan (Head of Teaching and Learning, Indiana University Libraries ) give a keynote address at The Innovative Library Classroom Conference. Here are the slides from her talk: Shaking up the Sediment: Re-energizing Pedagogical Practice while Avoiding Bottle Shock. My main takeaway was the transition that Carrie is experiencing from teaching to consulting. [caption id=”attachment_4953″ align=”aligncenter… Read More June 5, 2015, 2:53 am Should librarians challenge the status quo? I decided to ask a professor. You’ve mentioned online that libraries should challenge the status quo. Read More June 3, 2015, 10:21 am Here is a quick interview with Andrew Whitworth, Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Manchester and Programme Director of the MA: Digital Technologies, Communication and Education. What is radical information literacy? Mainstream IL – competency-based,…
The Embedded Librarian | Exploring New, Embedded Roles for Librarians in Organizations of All TypesOrganising ChaosLibrarian in Black – Sarah HoughtonVOA Student UnionToday’s post comes to us from Jemince, (or in Mandarin ‘如馨 贾’) from Beijing, China. She was studying English Chinese translation in Beijing International Studies University for her Master’s Degree until she arrived at Binghamton University together several month ago. She’s currently majoring in Comparative Literature and studying law on her own so as to get her Bachelor’s Degree once she returns to China. Today, she offers some thoughts on a question she recently asked herself: “Why Can’t Chinese Students Make Friends With Westerners? Since there is a growing trend for Chinese students to study abroad, many youngsters start to live their lives completely differently from their families or friends in China. I was about to study in the US together with other three Chinese students from Beijing, and both the positive and negative sayings about the country and its people just made me so curious but meanwhile anxious about the unknown life that was approaching me. Why so?
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librarian.nete-LiterateThe Unquiet LibrarianSurviving Cataloging ClassEditor’s note: This is a guest post by Tracy Wasserman Many LIS students dread cataloging/classification class, a required course in some library schools. I found the class piqued my interest enough to take advanced cataloging/classification, a road travelled by few judging by the small class size. This was against the advice of my academic advisor, who cautioned not to take advanced cataloging unless I wanted to be a cataloger. Well, I thought, how would I know whether or not I wanted to be a cataloger if I didn’t take advanced cataloging? Turns out, I enjoyed the experience immensely. First, I believe cataloging/classification is an integral part of the value of librarians to society, as there is more information to organize than ever before. Use online cataloging tools: Understanding MARC fields and the RDA cataloging code can be a lot easier with the online help tools published and maintained by the Library of Congress. Like this: Like Loading...
ProfHackerMany of us have favorite tools that suit our workflows well, helping us accomplish our tasks and keep track of needed bits of information. Below you’ll find a list of applications, services, and utilities that I use almost daily. Workflow. I know I know. Let’s backtrack a minute. A few weeks ago, coincidentally during Day of DH 2016, it was brought to my attention that Voyant, a web-based text analysis tool, had upgraded to Version 2.0. This has been a popular tool with ProfHackers (I’ve written about using it as has Brian), and the new version is a great improvement. a cleaner, crisper appearance better cross-platform and mobile device support (all tools in HTML5, no Flash or Java Applets) advanced search capabilities, including wil… My assignments are often inspired by things I learn about from my Personal Learning Network (PLN), and this particular assignment is inspired by several people. On March 30th, the American University in Cairo held its first Research Day.
The Daring LibrarianAbout « The Open LibraryAt Centre for Learning, a school in Bangalore, we have an open library both in concept and reality. This means that there is free and open access to all material and resources, at all times of day and night, and throughout the year. Mutual trust and shared responsibility provide the ground from which this library functions. The rules and conventions of library interaction evolve out of a sense of co-operation, consideration and care for the community as a whole. The challenge for the librarian is not one of policing and monitoring, but to perceive and hold the library and its users as a vibrant functioning whole. This can only be done when the community of users feels a sense of ownership and accountability. The collection in this library reflects the commitment to quality and excellence. An innovative in-house computer programme ensures that all users can borrow, return, search for, reserve, and conduct other library operations with ease. The Open Library: Open Sesame:
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