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Midwinter 2010--Boston Discussion Group Minutes

Information Commons Discussion Group

Saturday, January 16, 2010

10:30 a.m. – 12 noon

Marriott Copley, Grand Ballroom F

(Approximately 50 attendees)

Ewa Barczyk, Director of Libraries at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee gave a presentation on the development and implementation of the Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons, which opened in 2009.  See http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/commons/ for more information.

Discussion topic:  Multimedia in the Commons. 

  • How do we promote our multimedia capabilities to the faculty and students in a way that integrates with curricular activities? 
  • Do we try to lead the way or wait for the curriculum to guide implementation? 
  • How do we support visual/media literacy with multimedia instruction in the commons?”

Table discussion reports:

Table #1 –   UW-Stevens Point purchased a Wii and offers Wii study breaks during mid-terms and finals.   Also highlighted was their “Idea Studio,” which is a collaborative group project room equipped with a 54” TV, speakers, a projector/screen, PC, digital video camera and more.  Students use the space for group projects, presentation practice, presentation filming, and media viewing.

Table #2 --   Discussion focused around encouraging and supporting faculty early adopters.  Recommended working with faculty on determining how to grade multimedia submissions; if the library is an active partner, word will spread.


Table #3 --   This group agreed with previous statements about working with faculty.  Encourage librarians to take every opportunity to talk to classes about multimedia/technology capabilities, including copyright.  “Assessment is huge;” tie learning outcomes to classes.


Table #4 --   Strong suggestion was made to incorporate media production into faculty pedagogy so that they can learn to integrate it into their courses.  Also discussed was how to select the best media resources for each institution.


Table #5 --   Recommend teaching media production skills.  Northeastern University’s Digital Media Design Studio has been very successful with this (see www.lib.neu.edu/dmds).   Also, it was announced that the ALA Video Round Table is creating a Multimedia Discussion Group.


Table #6 --   Development and services of the Digital Media Studio at Youngstown State University was highlighted, including discussion of their podcasting booths/video studios, digitizing rooms, and other services.  iPods have been used for library tours and for developing discipline-specific research guides.


Table #7 --   The question was raised whether people outside of libraries understand the term “visual media literacy.”  Agreed with previous comments that multimedia development must be integrated with the faculty, with libraries providing support, to be truly successful.  Considered whether there might be any compatibilities with visual media literacy and language learning.  Further raised the question, “How can we help bring together the digital expertise that is spread out over campus?”


Table #8 --   Raised the question of how best to incorporate the library/campus IT into the multimedia development group.  Also mentioned that in some institutions the library is developing the campus copyright policy.