My first post since classes resumed. There are 50 students in ENT 300 this spring (larger class size is one indicator of the recent big cuts to the UNC system). MKT 426 began with almost 50 kids until Professor Williamson warned off 14 of them with his very intentional speech about how large the time demands of Export Odyssey are.
Last Monday Jill Morris of NC LIVE, Betty Garrison from Elon University, Steven Swartz from SimplyMap (fresh from snowy Toronto) and I provided a three-hour research workshop for directors of the Small Business Centers (SBC) – small business and entrepreneurship support centers based in every community college in North Carolina. Several community college librarians were also in attendance. Jill has organized six such workshops across the state for SBC directors in order to promote the value of NC LIVE and library databases; she recruited BLINC members to help provide the training.. We used case studies involving creating a yoga studio and expanding an interior decoration business to explore SimplyMap, Hoovers, and Ebsco products. The workshop seemed to go well and also proved to be an excellent networking opportunity between the librarians and the SBC heads.
In the afternoon Steven came over to UNCG for some discussion and advanced SimplyMap training with a few librarians and a management professor. Then he joined me in attending ENT 300 where he volunteered to speak to the students briefly about how entrepreneurs can use SimplyMap to map market potential. Steven did a great job as expected and I appreciated how he elected to spend time on campus in the afternoon before heading down to Charlotte for SBC training round two with Jill and Nicole Spoor from UNC Charlotte on Tuesday.
Finally, on Thursday I turned in the second draft of my book chapter on communication and ethical issues of co-teaching research-intensive classes.
Meanwhile my 18-year-old niece in Michigan got into a bad car accident and suffered brain trauma as well as a broken pelvic bone. Perhaps being particularly busy with one-shot instruction last week plus the book chapter was a personal blessing in terms of keeping my head occupied and not constantly worrying about her. While still being kept unconscious since the accident, my niece is doing much better.
This week I have a few small-group meetings to work on our liaison department transition. I’ll post an update on those developments soon since I keep hearing from librarians interested in what we are up to and considering their own strategic and organizational shifts.
There’s also fresh discussion here regarding if librarians teaching credit-classes in an academic department (not LIB100-type classes) should be considered normal work time for those teaching librarians. We liaisons learned on Friday that Library Administration is working on a policy regarding teaching and workload. The current draft states that teaching a credit class has to be done on the liaison’s own time, even though embedded librarian work remains encouraged. Hmm interesting statement. Might make a good blog post too.