Negotiating the learning curve

Recently I had to upgrade my phone.  To learn about Apple products and better serve my Mac-speaking patrons I bought an iPhone.  Since I’d never owned an Apple device, I ‘ve faced a learning curve–negotiated through information. I’ve spoken with technicians in-store, Apple support staff online, and more experienced iPhone users.  As I noted in Read More…

Computer Science and Info Lit

The Association for Computing Machinery, the Computer Science Teachers Association, the Cyber Innovation Center, and the National Math and Science Initiative, along with Code.org,  have launched the K-12 Computer Science Framework (Yongpradit, 2016).  The framework contains seven Core Practices (K-12 computer science framework, 2016, p. 57).  Some of them speak to the ACRL Information Literacy Framework. For Read More…

Breaking the rules

Image from freeimages.co.uk As the libraries create tutorials, I have heard more and more about best practices.  A recent webinar advised us to break some of these rules—for the right reasons, of course. It depends. . . . Two common rules, Address Different Learning Styles and Use an Academic Tone, depend on context.  Adapting for Read More…

A refresher on database searching

By Renee Comet (Photographer) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons What does iced tea have in common with database searching?  Good tea recipes and good search strategies both come from careful refinements. I had blended two types of tea.  When the resulting batch tasted too much like one of them, I used less of that tea–and Read More…

Making MOOCs less spooky

MOOCs  are a scary concept for higher ed, but being uninformed about them is scarier.  For some background I read The One World Schoolhouse, which tells the story of Khan Academy (a MOOC forerunner). Khan (2012) addresses the misconception of his videos as a substitute for more interactive experiences.  He describes them as part of  Read More…

Taking the time to pay attention

Image from freeimages.co.uk On TV’s The Mentalist the title character uses his charm and his observational skills to catch criminals.  When he amazes people with one of his displays, he insists that he is simply paying attention.  Paying attention matters in research as well. Take a Google search screen or a database search screen.  If Read More…

Playful learning

Image from freeimages.co.uk Labor Day lets us put aside our work and simply play.  That said, let’s look at an area where work meets play—instructional gaming. Gee (2007) discusses how video games can help develop problem-solving skills and collaborative learning (to vastly oversimplify the book’s concepts).  Games don’t have to be computerized, though.  Yaman and Read More…

Practicing info lit

Image from http://www.freeimages.co.uk As part of an information literacy tutorial I recorded a video.  Though the video concerns an aspect of information literacy, making it also involved aspects of information literacy. Identifying an information need The ACRL Standards (200) include defining an information need (p. 8).  Actually I had multiple information needs in this project.  Read More…

Folio fun

Image from http://www.freeimages.co.uk This post is not an endorsement–paid or otherwise–for Adobe® Acrobat® Pro.  Rather, it describes the building of my first Acrobat® Pro portfolio. Step One: Scanning Documents I needed artifacts to put into the portfolio.  Fortunately I had handouts related to some research I am doing.  Using a scanner attached to a Mac Read More…

Making the most of OneSearch

    Since it lacks precision, I have steered students away from OneSearch, the UMaine System’s all-inclusive search mechanism (federated searching, in library lingo).  Now I can see the lack of focus as a teaching–and learning–opportunity. The goal of OneSearch is to provide library users a one-stop search experience.  Users don’t need to do separate Read More…