Workshop report, part one: Information literacy unpacked

On June 15 the Northeast Regional Computing Program (NERCOMP) held a workshop entitled “Assessment of student learning: Radical implications of the new science of learning.”  The presenter, Zachary Stein (Harvard University Graduate School of Education/Developmental Testing Service), left us participants with much food for thought. Stein mentioned that skills develop in context: people need multiple Read More…

Advice to future webcasters

With the semester nearing its end some courses have students write letters to the students who will be taking the course next time.  In that spirit I wrote in my own blog about my experiences moderating a workshop via Elluminate. My fellow librarians–and any others who plan to try a web conferencing tool for the Read More…

Putting the “Creative” in Creative Problem Solving

At last I can blog about one more NERCOMP session, “The Cycle of Discontent: A Case Study in Merger Dynamics” with Julie Barrett and Maribeth Macaisa (Massachusetts College of Art and Design).  The presenters spoke of the leadership lessons learned during a restructuring. For example,  they described some common, but effective, problem-solving strategies: hill climbing Read More…

Article Linker: More use, less confusion

Do you find Article Linker confusing?  First of all you’re not alone.  Secondly, help has arrived. One of our librarians, Evelyn Greenlaw,  and her team have recorded a handy tutorial.  The short video describes Article Linker and breaks the navigation process down into its most important steps. Don’t deny yourself the benefits of Article Linker.  Read More…

A Taste of Citation Tools

Faculty members, do you want to see better citations in student papers?  Students, do you want help with citations?  There is a buffet of citation tools available. On Tuesday, April 20, librarian Maureen Perry will offer a taste of four such tools: Son of Citation Machine, Noodle Tools, Zotero, and internal database tools. The event Read More…

Conference Report, Part One: Assessing Library Use

Though information literacy involves more than finding information,  we do need to find information in order to evaluate it and more.  At a recent NorthEast Regional Computing Program conference (Providence, RI: March 8-10, 2010) two sessions on usability testing addressed this very issue. The first session was “Common sense and technology: A library usability experience” Read More…

Publication possibilities and more

Are you looking for possible publication or presentation outlets?  Are you in the humanities or social sciences?  If so you might want to explore H-Net. H-Net is an international grouping of online scholarly networks.  It offers a wide array of specialized discussion lists you can join by subscription, and the subscription applications are screened.  Since Read More…