Libraries & Teaching at IUB

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Online critical thinking tutorial

From the web4lib list -- I haven't looked closely at this but it looks interesting:

>From the press release:
Internet Detective - Back on the Case
Internet Detective, a free online tutorial designed to help students develop the critical thinking required for their Internet research, is being launched on the Web on June 13th in the RDN Virtual Training Suite
The tutorial offers practical advice on evaluating the quality of websites and highlights the need for care when selecting online information sources to inform university or college work.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

University of Houston Library's Instruction Blog

Take a look at University of Houston Library's Instruction Blog. One of the creators is Miranda Henry, who got her MLS here and worked as an ICUGLS Instruction Assistant.

An intersting blog whose audience is obviously not just librarians. Maybe something (LIC) we ought to think about?

LIRT's Top Twenty

Does everyone remember/know about LIRT's Top 20? It's published each year in the June issue of LIRT News. A committee reviews articles published in the past year (so June 2006 would cover 2005) and culls a long list down to 20. Online Access to LIRT News:

This year one of the articles "Can't Get No Respect: Helping Faculty to Understand the Educational Power of Information Literacy" by Bill Badke caught my eye. It led me to the IUL subscription to the electronic Reference Librarian. I'd forgotten all about this. The article cited appears in vol 89/90. There are several other articles related to ILI/BI/LI/whatever that seem interesting. Easiest access is to go to the Find Information Page and search that page for Reference Librarian, you'll get the link to our subscription.

Friday, June 09, 2006

What does MySpace have to do with us?

Here is an interesting article (by a VP at SIRSI, no less) about what libraries may have to learn from environments/applications such as MySpace, Facebook, YouTube, etc. -- more questions than answers here, but there are some interesting implications for instruction. I especially liked the reminder that "Learning is essentially a social activity."

Comment and let me know what you think!


Friday, June 02, 2006

Google jockeying

From Educause, here's an article on a phenomenon I'd never heard of before -- "Google jockeying".

In the "Scenario" section there's a nice account of what happens when the instructor takes on the role and shows the students how they could be finding better information. I wonder if any faculty members would be interested in having a librarian serve as "Google jockey" occasionally?