My first LOEX conference just ended. Two days with 375 librarians in the spacious Amway Grand Hotel in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, on the Grand River. It was very interesting to focus on teaching and information literacy! Lots of ideas to ponder this summer and try out this fall. I’ll post a recap later this month once Carol and I are back at work.
(Carol had a great time as a liaison librarian at the International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo — a very different kind of conference compared to any librarian conference. She just posted a recap on her library’s professional development blog.)
Among the 375 LOEX attendees were 5 business librarians: Terri Artemchik (Coastal Carolina), Ilana Barnes (Purdue), Anne Esler (Dartmouth), Monica Hagan (UCLA) and me. We skipped yesterday’s free conference lunch of premade sandwiches for lunch out at a Greek café in order to socialize and compare notes.
One of us is considering pursuing an MBA and so we discussed aspects of the “MBA as a second master’s degree” experience. Monica added that forming long-term relationships with her MBA teammates was a significant outcome, in addition to all the learning.
We also shared ideas on teaching MBA students what plagiarism is and how to avoid it. The large number of international students in most MBA programs was one aspect of our discussion, given the different cultural standards for reusing information. We tossed around some possible active learning exercises like sharing good and bad examples of using/abusing sources for classroom discussion.
On our short walk back to the hotel for the final sessions, we discussed how useful LOEX was for business librarians. It was a short conversation (our walk back was just two blocks and it was a pretty day with lots of distracting street activities going on) but the consensus seemed to be that the conference was well worthwhile for us, even if we sometimes had to “translate” the lessons and best practices for more common teaching scenarios into our more specialized teaching scenarios.
Ilana and Terri presented at the conference and I’ll report on their work next time.