Libraries & Teaching at IUB

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

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?


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