Still getting caught up on professional reading. Given my short attention span, I enjoy skimming through poster session handouts, like the long list from ACRL 2011. I attended the ACRL 2009 conference in Seattle and found it interesting and fun, even if ACRL doesn’t have a business section (an issue that came up in the Q/A section of a panel on data that my colleague Lynda Kellam served on).
So there weren’t any ACRL 2011 posters or roundtables focused on business, but there were many on information literacy, outreach and marketing, embedded librarians, the future of subject specialists, etc. Here are the ones that seemed most interesting to me and provided a detailed handout of some sort.
- From Villanova. It describes a “team and matrix approach” to collections, reference, and teaching.
- Lots of meetings! Although sometimes only the team coordinator has to attend.
- I would like to learn more about how the liaison teams function. Here at UNCG, liaisons are quite autonomous (except for collections), which certainly has its own strengths and weaknesses as an organizational model.
Subject Guides: Rethinking Approaches to Content & Interactivity (PDF)
- Oakland University grabbed an “opportunity to re‐envision delivery of content”.
- They surveyed 14 libraries’ subject guides and reviewed some articles.
- Page 2 of the PDF summarizes their new best practices. Nothing surprising, but it’s good to see other models. It looks like they use Libguides, based on the template provided. Makes me wonder what their course guides were like before. The University of Washington Libraries published a user study of their Libguides that we reviewed last school year.
Feeling like a Third Wheel? Leveraging Faculty-Student-Librarian Relationships for Student Success (PDF)
- From several universities.
- At first I was disappointed to see that there were no results from their work, but the questions for faculty in the table on page 2 are really good. I might use them sometime for some faculty whose classes I’ve never had much contact with.
“I already know how to do research!” Connecting with Overconfident Students through Evidence-Based Active Learning Techniques (PDF)
- By Amy Gustavson & Clark Nall of East Carolina University. Clark is the ECU business librarian and a past officer in BLINC.
- The techniques include “immediate feedback, implicit self-confidence tests, and warm-up exercises.”
- It certainly can be challenging to get people to recognize they aren’t as competent as they think they are.
Staying Genuine and Creating Connections: Networking and Involvement for Introverts (PDF)
- My favorite title. This was actually a round table discussion, but the handout is quite detailed.
- Interesting “Reality” point: “Introverts are leaders in all fields; some of them may be mistaken for extroverts by those who don’t know them personally.”
- Reality point number 5: “Introverts often like lists.” Hmm.
- The focus is on professional work and conference activities, not liaison work. But the suggestions for getting involved are useful to anyone.