Libraries & Teaching at IUB

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

This is a terrific article: Meola, M. (2004). Chucking the checklist: A contextual approach to teaching undergraduates web-site evaluation. portal: Libraries and the Academy 4(3): 331-344.

IOLUG Spring Program

Hi everyone,
On May 19th, I attended the IOLUG Spring Program in Indianapolis. It was a gathering of about 75 academic librarians interested in instruction topics. The theme of the day was Wikis and Clickers and Casting: New Technologies in Library Instruction. The following summaries are regarding two of the day's five programs.

Jennifer Sharkey from Purdue University gave the keynote address Who is Wagging Whom: Effective Incorporation of Technology into Library Instruction. She is using some exciting approaches in her information literacy course to encourage students to incorporate technologies into their information seeking and information use. For example, instead of requiring students to turn in an annotated bibliography as the final assignment for the course, students are given the opportunity to create a mini-documentary film with found and created information resources. This approach merges information literacy with visual literacy.

Howard Rosenbaum of IU-SLIS gave a talk entitled: Technology, Learning Environments & Library Instruction: Everything That Rises Must Converge in which he discussed the impact of emerging technologies on the learning environment/library instruction, especially Google. It was very interesting. He posed two questions which I found intriguing: 1) is Google a disruptive technology? and 2) what should be our response to those who see Google as their learning environment?

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

May Program

Today the Library Instruction Committee hosted the program “Using RSS to bring the world to your desktop” in Room e174 of the Wells Library. An estimated 37 people attended.

Presenters Frank Quinn and David Oldenkamp provided an overview of RSS and then introduced several applications designed to compile and manage RSS feeds, including the following aggregators or readers:
Using an RSS aggregator to find news/blogs and to subscribe to any subsequent updates from these sites is a time-saver and helps one stay organized and informed.

Many online resources, such as the Chronicle of Higher Education, provide RSS feeds on their web sites. Information collected through the "saved search" feature in EBSCO databases are also available as RSS. The IU Libraries' new titles lists have RSS feeds!

The presenters advocate using RSS feeds to keep abreast of new developments in academia, in the world of library and information science, and in areas of personal and professional interest.

RSS feeds can also be used by libraries to notify users of library workshops, library news, and relevant events. Some subject web pages on the IU Libraries site use RSS, as does the Information Commons homepage.

Directions for incorporating RSS into web pages can be found in the Content Manager.