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Research guides presentation: recommended reading

This is a bibliography of recommended readings for the presentation on research guides I'm giving today, "Modern Pathfinders," for the Southeastern New York Library Resources Council. It's part of their Technologies & Trends webinar series. Thank you to SENYLRC for inviting me to speak!


Ahmed, N. (2013). Design: Why it is important and how to get it right. In A. W. Dobbs, R. Sittler, D. Cook, & Library and Information Technology Association (U.S.) (Eds.), Using LibGuides to Enhance Library Services: A LITA Guide (pp. 103–119).

Bielat, V., Befus, R., & Arnold, J. (2013). Integrating LibGuides into the teaching-learning process. In A. W. Dobbs, R. Sittler, D. Cook, & Library and Information Technology Association (U.S.) (Eds.), Using LibGuides to Enhance Library Services: A LITA Guide (pp. 121–142).

Dewald, N. H. (1999). Transporting good library instruction practices into the web environment: An analysis of online tutorials. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 25(1), 26–31. doi:10.1016/S0099-1333(99)80172-4

Hintz, K., Farrar, P., Eshghi, S., Sobol, B., Naslund, J.-A., Lee, T., … McCauley, A. (2010). Letting Students Take the Lead: A User-Centred Approach to Evaluating Subject Guides. Evidence Based Library & Information Practice, 5(4), 39–52.

Little, J. J. (2010). Cognitive load theory and library research guides. Internet Reference Services Quarterly, 15(1), 53–63.

Reeb, B., & Gibbons, S. (2004). Students, librarians, and subject guides: Improving a poor rate of return. Portal : Libraries and the Academy, 4(1), 123–130.

Schmidt, A., & Etches, A. (2012). User experience (UX) design for libraries. Chicago: ALA TechSource, an imprint of the American Library Association.

Setting learning objectives — Faculty Development. (n.d.). Retrieved June 27, 2012, from http://www.faculty.londondeanery.ac.uk/e-learning/setting-learning-objectives

Staley, S. M. (2007). Academic Subject Guides: A Case Study of Use at San José State University. College & Research Libraries, 68(2), 119–139.

University of New Mexico School of Medicine. (2005). Effective use of performance objectives for learning and assessment. Retrieved February 11, 2013, from http://ccoe.umdnj.edu/forms/EffectiveUseofLearningObjectives.pdf


Instruction Librarian Boot Camp in January

My colleague Sarah Steiner and I are teaching our online workshop Instruction Librarian Boot Camp for Simmons College's continuing education program again in January. There's still time to register!

Whether you’re a new instruction librarian learning the ropes or a seasoned instructor seeking some new skills, this workshop will help you to become a more adept and learner-centered instructor. Learn skills and tools that you can apply to any teaching situation, from one-shot sessions to semester-long courses.

Contents will include an overview of technological and active learning tools that you can use to make your instruction more engaging and memorable, and techniques that will help you to direct, assess, and meaningfully reflect upon your teaching.

Instruction Librarian Boot Camp


Zotero Trainers Workshop at GSU Library in Atlanta

I'm pleased to announce that my library will be hosting one of the official Zotero Trainer Workshops taught by Zotero developer Sebastian Karcher:

During these intensive (and fun!) two day events, participants acquire an in-depth understanding of Zotero’s capabilities, how to extend those capabilities, and how Zotero can best meet their users’ needs. Participants also learn and share best-practices for teaching and supporting Zotero at their institution and approaches for developing institution-specific documentation.

The workshops are targeted at librarians and anyone else who supports or wants to support Zotero at their institution or department. While basic familiarity with Zotero is recommended, there are no technical prerequisites for participating.

The Atlanta workshop will be at GSU Library October 11-12. I'm looking forward to learning some new techniques myself.

More information at the Zotero blog.

Registration is open.


ALI podcast episode 39

This month on Adventures in Library Instruction we're joined by someone I've wanted to invite on the show for a while -- Rachel's American U colleague (and my fellow communication librarian) Robin Chin Roemer.

Given the time of year, this ended up being sort of a "back to school" conversation for much of the episode, and we talked about Robin and Rachel's research in bibliometrics and how it's informing their instruction.


Article: Open Source Software and Librarian Values

My short article "Open Source Software and Librarian Values" [PDF] is available in the current issue of Georgia Library Quarterly. It's a paper I wrote for last year's Georgia Council of Media Organizations Conference (COMO), and GLQ has been kind enough to publish it as a white paper.

Naturally, it's available free since GLQ has gone open access.


ALI episode 38: community college

On this month's Adventures in Library Instruction episode, guest Julie Cornett joined us to talk about the challenges of managing an instruction program as the sole librarian at a community college. Enjoy!


Adventures in Library Instruction episode 37

I got busy this week and forgot to post over here, but we recorded a new Adventures in Library Instruction episode last week. Cate Hirschbiel from  Lesley University and the Art Institute of Boston joined us for a discussion of how best to help the last-minute student researcher, among other stuff!


LYRASIS Polite Debate Society June 13

I've been invited to take part in a LYRASIS "Polite Debate Society" discussion online next Wednesday, June 13. This is (I think) the first such event they've put on, so I'm not quite sure what this will be like! Here's the topic and agenda:

At the Desk: A discussion of debatable issues related to best practices for reference services in libraries.

June 13, 2012

1:00-2:30 PM Eastern Time

The topics for our debate will include, but are not limited to:

  • Reference policies
  • 24/7 Reference/Hours
  • Best practices for handling virtual reference questions
  • Getting out from behind the desk
  • Ethics and privacy at the reference desk
  • The role of student workers/volunteers in reference
  • What’s in a name? Naming modern services in libraries

Our panelists:

Jason Puckett, Georgia State University Libraries
Kimberly Kruthhaup, Georgia Institute of Technology
Russell Palmer, LYRASIS

I'm trying to be prepared by, you know, having some opinions. It should be fun.

Registration is free if you want to listen in. If there's an archived version, I'll update this post with a link.


ALI conversation with Char Booth

This month on Adventures in Library Instruction we talked with Char Booth, author of the excellent book Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning: Instructional Literacy for Library Educators.

It's a great conversation -- hope you enjoy it.