Explicitly teaching “format as a process”

In my last post, I wrote about using parts of the latest draft of the new Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education as reading assignments in my information literacy course. This past week, my students read the section describing “format as a process”: Format is the way tangible knowledge is disseminated. The essential characteristic […]

The library class

Since mid August, a big chunk of my time and energy has been focused on prepping and teaching the class I teach. While many instruction librarians are focused on getting access to other people’s classes through “one-shot” instruction sessions (the “library day” when a librarian gets to teach students how to find the sources they’ll […]

Library Instruction West 2014

I flew out to Portland, OR in July to attend the Library Instruction West (formerly known as LOEX of the West) conference. I was excited to visit Portland for my first time, but a little apprehensive about my expectations for the conference. I attended LOEX of the West in Burbank in 2012. I was in […]

Gearing up for another week

I made some progress last week on writing. At least I got a draft written up about the Empty Bowls workshops. It’s more of a “what we did” kind of article instead of anything scholarly, but I do those workshops for fun and to connect with an important cause, not as a scholarly activity. In […]

Write, dammit!

I’ve had “write, dammit!” on my office whiteboard, under the list of things to do soon, for at least a couple of months. It was right below completing my pre-tenure review binder, which I turned in last week… And which was a reminder of why I need to write! I am my own greatest obstacle […]

An attempt to revive my blog…

Like many students, I sat down this morning to work on a paper. For me, it’s a draft of a book chapter instead of a term paper, but whatever. I read through what I had already written, and as soon as I got to a part where I needed to add a paragraph, I realized […]

ALA Annual Conference

It has been a while since I posted! Keeping up with the blog dropped a few notches on the list of priorities as other things have come up, in part because I didn’t think anybody was really reading this. It’s a good exercise in reflective practice to write up events and teaching experiences for myself, […]

Teaching Outcomes

This past Friday night, I went out for dinner and drinks with a friend. It was a full week after the last day of final exams here, so we expected our tiny little town square to be free of students. We had dinner at one place, then moved to another location and just took seats […]

Library FunFest

This post is way overdue! This summer, our library worked with our university’s new summer bridge (aka college transition) program, which was designed to help at risk students (those at the lower end of our admittance standards) have a better chance of succeeding in college. We taught two sections of our 2-credit hour course – […]