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Libraries, Literacy & Gaming ALA/Verizon Grant Recipients [Community]

Discussion Talking about the work you're doing

by Jennifer R. Nelson on Thu, Nov 12, 2009 at 07:27 am

If your project is focused on helping kids create games, you might want to think abotu submitting a proposal to present at the 2010 G+L+S Conference in Madison, WI. It's a great conference for learning about gaming, education and future directions.

Information Commons Discussion Group (ACRL)

Discussion Designing a new library

by Tara Severns on Thu, Apr 9, 2009 at 04:35 pm

Aloha.

We're designing a new building with the Information Commons as a central concept.

You can check out our plans and progress at http://wccllc.blogspot.com/

Comments and suggestions welcome!

tara

Library Facilities Planning Discussion Group (LLAMA BES)

Discussion Existing database of newly renovated academic libraries?

by Maryanne Mills on Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 12:40 pm

Hello,

I was wondering if anyone in the Library Facilities Planning Group knew of a database and/or list of renovated academic library buildings that is kept up-to-date by ALA or another organization?

I am the dept. chair of a community college library who seeks to find such a list in order to visit, interview and learn what others have done.  We will be launching a bond measure next year in the hope of renovating our 40 year old library. I'm also finding contacts from the literature.

Hello,

I was wondering if anyone in the Library Facilities Planning Group knew of a database and/or list of renovated academic library buildings that is kept up-to-date by ALA or another organization?

I am the dept. chair of a community college library who seeks to find such a list in order to visit, interview and learn what others have done.  We will be launching a bond measure next year in the hope of renovating our 40 year old library. I'm also finding contacts from the literature.

Also, does anyone know of a graduate-level course on library planning and design that is offered by any of the accredited library schools?  I am seeking to find either a hybrid course or one that might be a summer accelerated course.

Thanks for any assistance!

Maryanne Mills

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ALA 2015 Environmental Scan

Discussion Arkansas Library Association Planning Forum

by Donald Wood (staff) on Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 11:38 am

Recommended areas of focus for ALA from Arkansas librarians and members of the library community.

Virtual Participation Resources

Discussion Future Business (blog): Virtual is BETTER than in-person for events

by Valerie Hawkins (staff) on Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 10:03 am

The Future Business blog has the following entry, dated November 9, 2009, with the rather audacious title, Virtual is BETTER than in-person for events. The actual blog entry is a more even-tempered comparison and contrast. The first few paragraphs:

Heh, OK…..After reading that title, I can imagine chips being installed on reader shoulders all around the world.  :)  I am not saying virtual is better in EVERY way, just in some ways.

The Future Business blog has the following entry, dated November 9, 2009, with the rather audacious title, Virtual is BETTER than in-person for events. The actual blog entry is a more even-tempered comparison and contrast. The first few paragraphs:

Heh, OK…..After reading that title, I can imagine chips being installed on reader shoulders all around the world.  :)  I am not saying virtual is better in EVERY way, just in some ways.

Have you noticed that people who oppose virtual events often focus only on the ways that in-person events are irreplaceable?  I believe they are right, but that does not mean in-person is the ONLY solution to EVERY collaborative/networking need.  Just because A is better than B in some ways does not mean that B is not better than A in others.

This post examines all the ways that virtual events are better than in-person ones.

 

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Instructional Design

Discussion What does "Instructional Design" mean at your library?

by Lauren Pressley on Tue, Nov 10, 2009 at 01:21 pm

From the few Instructional Design Librarians I've met, it seems we all do very different jobs.... I thought it might be fun/interesting/useful to share what it means at our institutions. To get the ball rolling, here's what I do:

From the few Instructional Design Librarians I've met, it seems we all do very different jobs.... I thought it might be fun/interesting/useful to share what it means at our institutions. To get the ball rolling, here's what I do:

  • Teaching (library): I work with librarians on teaching related issues. I either teach or facilitate a weekly workshop on learning theories/pedagogy/active learning/etc for all interested library staff, I develop activities for librarians to use when teaching, and I'll consult with librarians one-on-one about the design of their library instruction session or credit class. I also try to infuse any reference/educational service we have with ID principles. I rarely make a tutorial, but rather create a framework of guidelines for those who do.
  • Teaching (faculty): I work with faculty who are interested in using teachnology (library provided or otherwise) into their classes. This varies from teaching their class how to use the tool they've selected in the way they've chosen to working iwth a faculty member to adapt assignments to make use of a relevant tool and integrate it into their class. Sometimes I teach workshops to faculty to market this service. I work with any faculty member who has any interest in pedagogy, instructional design, educational technology, etc, who comes to me.
  • Teaching (students): I teach a one credit information literacy class at least once a semester. Lately it's been twice. Right now I have a new librarian shadowing me to learn his way around in the classroom, too. I also teach library instruction sessions for my subject areas or those that are technology related.
  • Technology: I report through our technology team, and try to integrate ID into new services here. I also pay attention to emerging technologies to know what the world of options for instruction are. I try to teach monthly emerging technology sessions to faculty and library staff on whatever I'm finding.
  • Committee work: I serve on a lot of committees, much of which is related to the above work. Library assessment, library website, I chair library staff development, college strategic planning committee on innovation in technology and information, college portfolio taskforce, university's gmail tranistion team (for training purposes), etc.
  • Other duties: I liaise with philosophy, women's and gender studies, and the teaching and learning center. I do a few hours at the reference desk a week. Lots of little things pop up around these issues.

Sound like what you do?

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ACRL STS Information Literacy Committee (Science and Technology Section)

Event STS-IL November meeting

by Roxanne Bogucka on Tue, Nov 10, 2009 at 04:42 pm

The Science and Technology Section's Information Literacy Committee will be holding their next virtual meeting on November 20, 2009, at 12PM ET, 11AM CT, 10AM MT, 9AM PT. The meeting will be held via chat through the committee's ALA Connect page.

The Science and Technology Section's Information Literacy Committee will be holding their next virtual meeting on November 20, 2009, at 12PM ET, 11AM CT, 10AM MT, 9AM PT. The meeting will be held via chat through the committee's ALA Connect page. If you are not a member of the committee, but would like to participate, please email Elizabeth Berman (elizabeth.berman@uvm.edu) and Roxanne Bogucka (roxanne.bogucka@austin.utexas.edu), STS Information Literacy co-chairs, at least one day prior to the meeting.

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