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How Do You Say No?, Emily Ford Dec 2009

How Do You Say No?, Emily Ford

Library Faculty Publications and Presentations

The article discusses ways on how to say a "no." It states that a person's ability to say "no" to taking a new project at work or another appointment affects the mental wellness and healthy work or life balance. William Ury, author of the book "The Power of a Positive No" argues that positive "no" affirms an individual's values and sends clear communication with others. It also provides various experiences of the other workers of how they approach in saying "no."


Teaching Matters: U.S. Government Information And Information Literacy: A Time-Sensitive Issue For Our Profession, Patrick P. Ragains Nov 2009

Teaching Matters: U.S. Government Information And Information Literacy: A Time-Sensitive Issue For Our Profession, Patrick P. Ragains

Communications in Information Literacy

No abstract provided.


Political Literacy As Information Literacy, Ross Cory Alexander Nov 2009

Political Literacy As Information Literacy, Ross Cory Alexander

Communications in Information Literacy

This paper contends that political literacy and information literacy are compatible concepts that are inextricably linked and should therefore be taught and stressed simultaneously to students in the classroom. Improving the information literacy and political literacy skills of students will allow them to not only perform better academically, but also empower them to become better citizens who form opinions and make decisions based on appropriate and quality information.


Advancing The Promotion Of Information Literacy Through Peer-Led Learning, Tamsin Bolton, Tina Pugliese, Jill Singleton-Jackson Nov 2009

Advancing The Promotion Of Information Literacy Through Peer-Led Learning, Tamsin Bolton, Tina Pugliese, Jill Singleton-Jackson

Communications in Information Literacy

Two new courses at the University of Windsor are opening the door to thinking about information literacy and curricular integration in very different ways. The courses, Ways of Knowing and Mentorship & Learning, were originally designed to help with retention and transition issues. They were also founded on the concept of peer-led learning at the university level. In this model students are able to connect with their peers in an organic way that is not always possible with faculty and librarians. It did not take long to see the potential in using peer mentors as potential conduits in the transfer of ...


Surveying Libraries To Identify Best Practices For A Menu Approach For Library Instruction Requests, Candice Benjes-Small, Jennifer L. Dorner, Robert Schroeder Nov 2009

Surveying Libraries To Identify Best Practices For A Menu Approach For Library Instruction Requests, Candice Benjes-Small, Jennifer L. Dorner, Robert Schroeder

Communications in Information Literacy

A challenging situation has developed in regards to library instruction. With increases in both the quantity of information and the variety of information technologies being made available to researchers, the information literacy landscape is getting more complex. Simultaneously, the time allotted for library instruction is remaining essentially the same. In order to market the breadth of content available for library instruction sessions and to promote collaboration between librarians and teaching faculty in order to create optimal instruction sessions an 'a la carte menu' approach to library instruction requests was adopted by Radford University in 2004. Since the late 1990s a ...


Exploring Wikis In A Library Credit Course, Vivien Elizabeth Zazzau Nov 2009

Exploring Wikis In A Library Credit Course, Vivien Elizabeth Zazzau

Communications in Information Literacy

Wiki is a type of software (also known as social software) that enables its users to create a website with only a minor knowledge of html. Many universities, schools, businesses, and libraries are currently using wiki software to great effect. Even so, there is very little literature addressing the use of wiki software in the university library instruction classroom. This report will focus on the use of wiki software in a university library instruction classroom and consider its feasibility as a tool for teaching critical thinking through team-based learning.


Information Literacy In Writing Tutor Training At A Liberal Arts College, Kelly Cannon, Jennifer Jarson Nov 2009

Information Literacy In Writing Tutor Training At A Liberal Arts College, Kelly Cannon, Jennifer Jarson

Communications in Information Literacy

Academic librarians have long understood the importance of, and argued for, the curricular integration of information literacy. The literature shows strong evidence of librarians collaborating with faculty, peer tutors, and other on-campus constituencies in an effort to facilitate discussion and acquisition of information literacy skills and concepts. The literature points to a likely collaboration, that of libraries and writing centers, in light of their corresponding missions and endeavors. This paper details how two academic librarians partnered with teaching faculty who oversee the campus writing center to infuse information literacy skills and concepts into the training of writing tutors. The authors ...


Bringing Librarianship Back Home: Information Literacy As A Return To Method, Kimberly A. Jones Nov 2009

Bringing Librarianship Back Home: Information Literacy As A Return To Method, Kimberly A. Jones

Communications in Information Literacy

Information literacy (IL) has arisen as a response to the reification of information. As information has been commodified, it has lost its fluidity as a term and an idea. Librarianship, as a result, has lost its footing, its philosophy. IL seeks to restore method to librarianship and, as a result, return subjectivity to information.


Conference Report: 5th Annual Georgia Conference On Information Literacy, Rebecca Ziegler, Mark Lewis Richardson Nov 2009

Conference Report: 5th Annual Georgia Conference On Information Literacy, Rebecca Ziegler, Mark Lewis Richardson

Communications in Information Literacy

The 5th annual Georgia Conference on Information Literacy took place in Savannah, Georgia on October 3-4, 2008. Since its inception, this conference has drawn participants from across the United States and even a few from abroad. Jointly sponsored by the Zach S. Henderson Library, the Department of Writing and Linguistics, the College of Education, and the Center for Continuing Education at Georgia Southern University, the conference offers both theoretical and practical discussions of the complex issues involved in teaching students how to find, interpret and use information in emerging electronic technologies against the backdrop of one of America's loveliest ...


How The Dark Horse Came In : Portland State University Library Acquires Dark Horse Comics Archive, Michael S. Bowman, Cristine Paschild, Kimberly Willson-St. Clair Nov 2009

How The Dark Horse Came In : Portland State University Library Acquires Dark Horse Comics Archive, Michael S. Bowman, Cristine Paschild, Kimberly Willson-St. Clair

Library Faculty Publications and Presentations

The article reports on the acquisition made by the Portland State University (PSU) on the archives of Dark Horse Comics Inc. The acquisition is done after PSU alumnus and founder of Dark Horse Comics Mark Richardson donated multiple copies of the past issues of their publication and succeeding copies of the publication. The donation is also for the purpose of preserving the publication in the university library. The donated publication is also expected to be used by researchers as a destination resource in popular culture, gender studies, and sequential art. Donating copies to the library, Richardson also expects to create ...


Technology In Practice. Your Desktop: The Movie, Meredith G. Farkas Nov 2009

Technology In Practice. Your Desktop: The Movie, Meredith G. Farkas

Library Faculty Publications and Presentations

The article focuses on technologies that enable library staff in the U.S. to produce interactive video instruction including screencast, which is defined as a film that is taken of a desktop of a computer. It recommends screencasting software for library tutorial purposes. It states varied ways on how the Orange County Public Library in Florida uses screencasts for library instruction. The author explains the benefit of screencasting for libraries that are facing difficulty in providing online instruction to people.


Heard On The Net: What Library Practices Are Scalable?, Jill Emery Oct 2009

Heard On The Net: What Library Practices Are Scalable?, Jill Emery

Library Faculty Publications and Presentations

This column explores OCLC Web-scale Management Services (WMS).


Outreach Is (Un)Dead, Emily Ford Sep 2009

Outreach Is (Un)Dead, Emily Ford

Library Faculty Publications and Presentations

The article discusses ways to keep outreach activities alive while demolishing the body of outreach.


Herd On The Net: Please Allow Me To Introduce Myself..., Jill Emery Jul 2009

Herd On The Net: Please Allow Me To Introduce Myself..., Jill Emery

Library Faculty Publications and Presentations

This column is a brief overview of the author.


Save A Horse, Ride A New Train Of Thought: Using Threshold Concepts To Teach Information Literacy, Lori Townsend, Korey Brunetti, Amy R. Hofer May 2009

Save A Horse, Ride A New Train Of Thought: Using Threshold Concepts To Teach Information Literacy, Lori Townsend, Korey Brunetti, Amy R. Hofer

Library Faculty Publications and Presentations

This presentation explores the idea that threshold concepts may hold potential for information literacy instruction. It says that threshold concepts can offer an exciting way to re-envision and re-energize IL instruction by providing a simple and useful framework for questioning what we focus on in our teaching and why.


Why We Should Adopt Alaconnect : A Brief Review And Rumination On Ala's New Online Community, Emily Ford May 2009

Why We Should Adopt Alaconnect : A Brief Review And Rumination On Ala's New Online Community, Emily Ford

Library Faculty Publications and Presentations

The article offers a brief review and rumination on American Library Association's (ALA's) ALAConnect, an online community. ALAConnect aims to engage in ALA business and network with other members around issues and interests relevant to the profession. The author discusses the social context and implications that ALAConnect has on ALA politics and the organization's evolution, as well as some of the more apparent and concrete issues surrounding this technological implementation.


Why Peer Review?, Stewart Brower Apr 2009

Why Peer Review?, Stewart Brower

Communications in Information Literacy

No abstract provided.


Pedagogical Considerations In Developing An Online Tutorial In Information Literacy., Therese Skagen, Maria Carme Torras, Solveig M. L. Kavli, Susanne Mikki, Sissel Hafstad, Irene Hunskår Apr 2009

Pedagogical Considerations In Developing An Online Tutorial In Information Literacy., Therese Skagen, Maria Carme Torras, Solveig M. L. Kavli, Susanne Mikki, Sissel Hafstad, Irene Hunskår

Communications in Information Literacy

The article discusses the pedagogical background on which the design of the online tutorial Søk & Skriv ('Search and Write') is based. The tutorial Søk & Skriv is specially designed for distance learning students, but can also be used by students on campus. Søk & Skriv aims at increasing students' information and digital literacy with the ultimate goal of empowering them to gradually become legitimate members of the academic community, as well as lifelong learners. Further, the tutorial sets out to make a contribution to the pedagogical development of user education at the academic library. The article shows how a general didactical model ...


An Evaluation Of An Upper-Division, General Education Information Literacy Program, Elizabeth Spackman Hopkins, Suzanne Julian Apr 2009

An Evaluation Of An Upper-Division, General Education Information Literacy Program, Elizabeth Spackman Hopkins, Suzanne Julian

Communications in Information Literacy

The Advanced Writing library instruction program at Brigham Young University's Harold B. Lee Library (HBLL) is intended to teach junior-level students advanced information literacy and research skills. Student participation in the program is required in each of six junior-level English courses. Anecdotal feedback from librarians and students identified problems with the program; therefore, a qualitative evaluation of the program was conducted with the objective of identifying problems and possible solutions. The evaluation included a student survey and focus groups with students, librarians, and English faculty. In this paper, we describe the HBLL Advanced Writing (AW) instruction program, identify the ...


The Importance Of A Philosophy Of Teaching Statement To The Teacher/Librarian, Janelle M. Zauha Apr 2009

The Importance Of A Philosophy Of Teaching Statement To The Teacher/Librarian, Janelle M. Zauha

Communications in Information Literacy

Teaching Matters: Developing as a Teacher/Librarian Statements of teaching philosophy are most commonly associated with regular teaching faculty outside the library. In this column we will explore why librarians should also voice their philosophy of teaching, how it can benefit their students, themselves, and their institution. We'll touch on resources for conceptualizing, writing, and using statements as well.


Incorporating Vendor-Created Training Into Information Literacy Instruction: A Case Study, Carissa Holler Apr 2009

Incorporating Vendor-Created Training Into Information Literacy Instruction: A Case Study, Carissa Holler

Communications in Information Literacy

In Fall 2007, the Library and the Department of Finance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign collaborated to offer a course that would not only assist students in achieving vendor-sponsored certification in the use of a fundamental financial resource, but would also enhance the students' educational experience by incorporating elements of information literacy instruction. This paper profiles the librarian-instructor's process of creating and conducting the course with the vendor's certification program embedded therein. Outcomes of the course, insights gained from the experience, and recommendations for other librarian-instructors are also discussed.


My (Our) Abusive Relationship With Google And What We Can Do About It, Emily Ford Feb 2009

My (Our) Abusive Relationship With Google And What We Can Do About It, Emily Ford

Library Faculty Publications and Presentations

A blog featuring the proposed Google Book Search Settlement Agreement is discussed.


The Library Catalog As Experimental Sandbox, Thomas W. Larsen Jan 2009

The Library Catalog As Experimental Sandbox, Thomas W. Larsen

Library Faculty Publications and Presentations

The article offers information on the modern online public access catalog (OPAC) which is available on the Internet through WorldCat in the U.S. As stated, modern OPAC improves on previous catalogs with enhanced search capabilities and is accessible from any computer with an Internet connection. In addition, WorldCat.org offers an interface that displays search results that guide users to the nearest library that holds the item in question, thus allowing the user to find the quickest way of obtaining the item from a library.


Review Of The East Asian Story Finder: A Guide To 468 Tales From China, Japan And Korea, Listing Subjects And Sources, Amy R. Hofer Jan 2009

Review Of The East Asian Story Finder: A Guide To 468 Tales From China, Japan And Korea, Listing Subjects And Sources, Amy R. Hofer

Library Faculty Publications and Presentations

The article reviews the book "The East Asian Story Finder: A Guide to 468 Tales From China, Japan and Korea, Listing Subjects and Sources," by Sharon B. Elswit.


Three Times A Study: Business Students And The Library, Heidi Senior, Kerry Wu, Diane M. Martin, Margaret Mellinger Jan 2009

Three Times A Study: Business Students And The Library, Heidi Senior, Kerry Wu, Diane M. Martin, Margaret Mellinger

Library Faculty Publications and Presentations

Revisiting a study performed 30 years ago, researchers at three institutions surveyed undergraduate and graduate students in marketing courses to determine their attitudes toward and knowledge of library services and collections. Results found that 21st-century students are more likely to believe in the importance of library research, to have had library instruction, and to use Web sites and Internet search engines to begin their research. However, they are less likely to read business periodicals. Faced with a list of information sources, they are generally able to pick out a useful resource, although not always the most efficient. Implications for library ...