A note on my recent radio silence: these days I am doing more and writing less. While it is excellent to be this active with different sides of working life, I am consistently nagged by a lengthening list of events/ideas left unexplored in this venue. As unpleasant as allowing my compositional muscles to atrophy might... Continue Reading →
project curve, part six: collaborative instruction portfolios.
My last post described our increasingly fantastic rolling library project (check out a recent v-day Maker Break cart excursion and a alendar developed using the free version of LibCal). This post focuses on something considerably more stationary: collaborative teaching portfolios, one area discussed in a recent SCILWorks 2012 presentation given by myself and my two... Continue Reading →
project curve, part five: library on wheels.
It’s been a spell since I wrote for the project curve series, but not for lack of inspiration: my inaugural Fall semester at Claremont was an engaging blur of teaching, trying, making, and doing, leaving me for the first time in a long while with scarce time to write. Which leads me to compose a... Continue Reading →
content, container, or concept? what the catalog card tells us.
When I was in library school at UT Austin circa 2003, I salvaged a stack of crumbling bibliographic how-to posters from a throw-away pile and have been carrying them around ever since. These 18''x 20'' beauties were created under the supervision of an apparently visionary librarian, Ruby Ethel Cundiff, during the late 1930s and early... Continue Reading →
informing innovation in california community colleges: the 2011 LTES pilot report.
In 2009 I published Informing Innovation, a research report that tracked the library and technology use, perceptions, and needs of Ohio University students. Over the past year, I have been privileged to consult on a similar project for a different (and vastly larger) student population in California. I've been working with the Council of Chief... Continue Reading →
love your library button templates (and more): project curve, part one revisited.
A while back I started this series with a post on ‘love your library’ buttons, maker breaks, and other handmade projects we're working on at the Claremont Colleges Library. After about five months of trying pins out in different outreach contexts and reworking the designs to various ends, I can unequivocally vouch for the soundness... Continue Reading →
project curve, part four: mapping (concept to curriculum).
Note, 10/12: You can see more recent work on this project at the Ubiquitous Librarian and view Claremont's much-updated curriculum mapping template here. Finally, I'm percolating a big update post in the near future. -c -- Welcome to the latest installment of project curve, my orienting-to-life-in-a-new-library series. Last on deck was the ProfDevLib; this time... Continue Reading →
project curve, part three: profdevlib.
I don’t know about the rest of academic libraryland, but I have definitely overcome any delusions I was harboring of a summer work lull – things have been hilariously busy. Between building community and a structure of tools/strategies for the coming year at Claremont, winding down a long research consultancy for a consortium of California... Continue Reading →
ala 2011 wear/whereabouts.
I wrote a Librarian Wardrobe post yesterday with some info about what I'll be up to at ALA Annual in New Orleans: Packing for conferences is all about wise shoe choices, so I’m including a triptych of the four to five pairs that I’ll be bringing to New Orleans. Flips and boots are the other... Continue Reading →
project curve, part two: research guidance rubric remix.
Continuing a project-focused series on my initial months at the Claremont Colleges Library (I first wrote about Maker Breaks, our button press goings-on), this post explores an example of one of my favorite pastimes: repurposing the good work of others in order to avoid reinventing a wheel. The wheel in question is a very well-designed... Continue Reading →