RTEL redux.

In 2009 I started work on a book I published in 2011, Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning: Instructional Literacy for Library Educators. It was a labor of love/hate to create, the book I wish I'd had when I started teaching way more frequently than I ever imagined I would. It utterly consumed my life for two... Continue Reading →

using collaborative sabotage (aka collaboratage) to teach tech/design/research.

Recently I've been reminded how effective consensual group hacking/editing can be when teaching (about or through) web-based presentation and authoring platforms. I am a big believer in the techno-pedagogical strategy of transparent co-creation and exploratory play, which can diffuse the anxiety and confusion that often attends learning a new tool (especially one that involves the... Continue Reading →

rtel at ccli.

Today I gave a presentation at the California Clearinghouse on Library Instruction's Spring 2010 Workshop, my maiden voyage talking about Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning book stuff (for an overview on what the book is actually about, take a look at a short article on the subject in American Libraries). I'm sharing two components of the... Continue Reading →

ignorance is bliss.

Last week Slate and the New York Times reported on Still at Risk: What Students Don't Know, Even Now, a just-released Common Core survey that sheds dismal light on the basic factual knowledge of today's high school students in areas such as history and literature. I'm not particularly surprised by the findings - the authors... Continue Reading →

(understandable) ingrained coping behavior.

From the LibraryThing blog via Library Geek Woes, this insightful explanation of everything that is wrong with the world of locating books online: "You can't Google a book and find out where in town to get a copy. You can't Google a book and find out whether your public library has a copy. Your library... Continue Reading →

it’s all frowns for ebooks.

There has been some discussion lately about tectonic movement in the ebook world - the New York Times recently reported that Google and Amazon are getting into the act of making it easier to read and own books electronically. Easier - maybe, but less expensive? Recent reading devices range from $300-400, not including the price... Continue Reading →


After fully expecting to write a bit about each day of Immersion I now find myself back in Ohio a week later wondering, "what just happened?" The program lived up to expectations and was overall an exhausting, constructive, and challenging experience. I went into the sessions hoping that my technology-oriented focus wouldn't undermine my ability... Continue Reading →

acrl immersion 2007, manitoba style.

It's the first full day of ACRL's Institute for Information Literacy Immersion 2007 program, located in Winnipeg, Manitoba. We're meeting at the University of Manitoba - a huge campus located well away from downtown and surrounded by Canadian prairie. I could literally be in Lubbock at Texas Tech University, from the Spanish-style tile roof and... Continue Reading →

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