Questioning assumptions

 “Question mark”. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Question_mark.svg#/media/File:Question_mark.svg In a blog post Barbara Fister (2014) reports on the Adobe Digital Editions privacy fiasco (Hoffelder, 2014).  As eye-opening as the revelations are, the post also impresses me in its questioning of assumptions. Fister (2014) refuses to assume that library users don’t care about Read More…

Resources for alums 2015

Image from freeimages.co.uk Can we really be this far into the semester already?!  Before the semester grows too late, I’ll do my annual post on resources for our soon-to-be alumni. As always I’ll start with our alumni services page.  Then I’ll link to the posts from years past: 4/17/14 5/2/13 5/3/12 5/3/11 To this growing Read More…

The art of the webinar

Image from freeimages.co.uk As an increasingly common means of sharing information the webinar deserves some attention.  My experience as a participant has attuned me to what the better webinars do well.  These best practices include: Keeping the webinar brief We’re busy people.  The best webinars get to the point and don’t try to cover everything. Read More…

Wikipedia for justice

By Nerun (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons I have written before about the wise use of Wikipedia.  Booth (2014) highlights assignments where students create well-researched Wikipedia entries or edit existing ones.  These assignments serve a twofold purpose. First of all students get experience writing for audiences other than the instructor.  This Read More…