Friday, August 29, 2014

Weekly Reader

Do You Need a Social Media Detox?
"We all know that social media can be a great tool for teachers, both in the classroom and for professional development purposes. Here at Edudemic, we encourage you to do things like use Twitter to build your PLN, connect with other educators on Facebook, pin great ideas on Pinterest, and more. But just as we often criticize our students for being unable to disconnect from their devices and actually look up at the world every now and again, we often suffer from the same affliction. So how do you know if you’re just ‘into it’ or if you’re overdoing it?" -- Jeff Dunn, Edudemic, 8/25/14

How Streaming Media Could Threaten the Mission of Libraries
"Digital music has made it easier to buy and share recordings. But try telling that to librarians.In March 2011, the University of Washington’s library tried to get a copy of a new recording of the Los Angeles Philharmonic playing a piece by Gustavo Dudamel, a popular composer, that the library could lend to students. But the recording was available only as a digital download, and Amazon and iTunes forbid renting out digital files." - Steve Kolowich, Wired Campus, 8/22/14

A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats: Raising, Communicating, and Enforcing Expectations in Online Courses
"As an instructor new to the online environment, I carefully reviewed the syllabus and the requirements for the course discussions and assignments and incorporated the following ideas from Myers-Wylie, Mangieri & Hardy: a “what you need to know” document that includes policies about late work, formatting, source citations, grading and feedback, and the dangers of plagiarism; a separate “assignments at a glance” calendar that details due dates and submission instructions; a “frequently asked questions” thread in the discussion forum; detailed scoring rubrics for each assignment, and example assignments" --Marie A. Revak, PhD, Faculty Focus, 8/22/14

Twitter Demystified: How To RT, MT, #FF And Fave Like A Pro
"Twitter has a problem: New users just don't know how to use it. To help newbies sign up and start tweeting, the company has made a number of recent changes. Redesigned profiles, a giant World Cup marketing push, and rejiggering the Home timeline are just part of Twitter's many attempts to make it friendlier for first-time users." -- Selena Larson, Read Write, 8/21/14

Why I'm Asking You Not to Use Laptops
"At a teaching workshop last week, a new faculty member asked me how I felt about students using laptops in the classroom. I replied, “I ask students not to use laptops in my classroom—unless a student tells me they need or strongly prefer a laptop to take notes (for any reason), in which case we make that work.” She looked relieved to have this endorsement of a learning zone with fewer electronic distractions." -- Anne Curzon, Lingua Franca, 8/25/14

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Friday, August 22, 2014

Weekly Reader

What the "death of the library" Means to the Future of Books
"Forbes contributor Tim Worstall wants us to close public libraries and buy everyone an Amazon Kindle with an unlimited subscription. "Why wouldn't we simply junk the physical libraries and purchase an Amazon Kindle Unlimited subscription for the entire country?" he asks. Worstall points to substantial savings on public funds, arguing that people would have access to a much larger collection of books through a Kindle Unlimited subscription than they could get through any public library and that the government would spend far less on a bulk subscription for all residents than it ever would on funding libraries." -- S.E. Smith, The Daily Dot, 8/18/14

How Teaching Online Made Me a Better Face-to-Face Instructor
"I have been teaching online courses for more than eight years now. I was one of the first at my previous institution to transition a face-to-face (F2F) course to a 100% online course and now, in addition to my F2F courses, I also teach for two fully online institutions. However, I still find many of my F2F colleagues reluctant to make that transition." --Tiffany M. Reiss, PhD, Faculty Focus, 8/15/14

That’s Not #Funny: Higher Ed’s Least Clever Twitter Accounts
"Earlier this month, a puckish Twitter user going by the handle @ProfJeffJarvis managed to provoke two actual professors into fits of outrage.Rurick Bradbury, the technology entrepreneur who runs the account, has been sending up the jargon of contemporary “thinkfluencers” since 2012, amassing 11,000 followers. He named the account after Jeff Jarvis, a writer and professor at the City University of New York’s journalism school, although the object of Mr. Bradbury’s satire is not necessarily Mr. Jarvis but a wider culture of new-media seers." -- Steve Kolowich, Wired Campus, 8/20/14

On Politeness as a Strategy
"Despite its fondness for elaborate rituals, higher education really isn’t all that polite. Every campus has its faculty or staff member(s) who are notoriously fractious and hard to work with, and, more generally, higher education doesn’t really select for “playing well with others.” (Indeed, if you Google “academic decorum,” a result on the first page includes musings on whether creativity and collegiality are truly compatible.) Higher education’s traditional employment practices can mean that people have the opportunity to nurse grudges over extended periods of time." -- Jason B. Jones , ProfHacker, 8/18/14

Friday, August 15, 2014

Weekly Reader

5 Things You Can do to Prepare for The New Semester
"A couple of weeks ago, Natalie wrote a post about wrapping up the summer. I know, I know. Say it isn’t so! Well, today I’d like move from summer to fall by point you to a handful of posts I wrote in the early ProfHacker days about getting ready for a new term. Not everyone is going to find all of this advice helpful, obviously, but we hope that there are at least a few things in these posts that can be of use to you." -- George Williams, ProfHacker, 8/13/14

Know the Vital Players in Your Career: You
"In more than 20 years of working in academe, I have seen innumerable people sabotage their own careers through terrible mistakes. A bad outcome is sometimes due to chance or forces beyond your control, but the single most important factor determining whether you achieve your career goals, including tenure and promotion, is you." -- David D. Perlmutter, Chronicle | Advice, 8/11/14

Google Rolls Out Free LMS Apps for Education
"Google's free learning management system, Google Classroom, is now in full release and is being made available today to all Apps for Education customers.The service had been in limited preview since May. During that time, according to Google Apps for Education Product Manager Zach Yeskel, more than 100,000 educators applied to be a part of the preview, and "tens of thousands" of those educations — from K-12 schools, colleges and universities — actually participated." -- David Nagel, Campus Technology, 8/12/14

Friday, July 25, 2014

Weekly Reader

5 Tips for Librarians Using Web Metrics
"The library and information community have often been at the forefront of adopting new web technologies, but generally less thought is given to measuring how these technologies are being used. An annual report may mention the number of followers the library's Twitter account has accumulated, or the number of article downloads from its institutional repository, but such a light-touch approach to web metrics neither recognizes its full potential nor acknowledges its limitations." -- Ed Patrick, CILIP, 7/15/14

A Liaison for a Classroom Building? Curating a Learning ecosystem.
"It is very common for librarians to serve as liaisons to academic departments. They teach classes, purchase materials, answer reference questions, assist with research endeavors, and generally get involved with the odds-and-ends of those units. Some librarians also liaise with defined user communities such as first-year students, international students, or students associated with particular residence halls."-- Brian Matthews, The Ubiquitous Librarian, 7/17/14

6 Tips for Managing your Professional Online Profile
"Professional online profiles are part of the toolkit of everyday life. You may have one (or more) and your services users may have one too. Here are six tips distilled from Matt Holland’s experience of creating and maintaining a number of profiles over time." -- Cat Cooper, CILIP, 7/22/14

Conflict in Academe
"All workplaces entail conflicts, of varying scales and of varying levels of importance or unimportance. One significant factor in the quality of our work lives is not so much whether conflict exists, but how it is handled within our departments and institutions. There are some situations in which we can merely avoid conflict, and it is by far the more prudent course of action to do so. Conflicts of any variety should not be courted, nor pursued unnecessarily." -- Nate Kreute, Tyro Tracts | Insider Higer Ed, 7/23/14

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Dr. Suess + Twitter = Fun

I have begun compiling - or gathering - a variety of Twitter resources, curating on Pinterest and using our session hashtag #tweetalao, for a presentation / workshop at the ALAO Conference later this fall. I found this fun infographic, from Hootsuite via the Daily Genius. What fun!

"Dr. Seuss, the writer and illustrator behind children’s classics The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and The Lorax, would have turned 110 on March 2nd. We think that if he were alive today, he would have been a social media master. So to honor his wit and wisdom, here’s our interpretation of the Seuss guide to Twitter." - Evan LePage

Monday, July 21, 2014

ALAO 2014: Posters, Discussion Tables &Tech Tables

The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) Conference Planning Committee is now accepting proposals for Poster Sessions, Tech Tables and Discussion Table topics for the 40th Annual ALAO Conference, which will take place on November 13-14, 2014 at the Kalahari Resort & Convention Center in Sandusky, OH.

Submission deadline for proposals is August 1, 2014.

Applicants are encouraged to develop sessions that show thoughtful consideration of this year’s conference theme, “Engagement, advocacy and outreach: Empowering our communities,” which seeks to explore how academic libraries and librarians empower our communities in all the ways that we do. We would love to learn about your ideas, experiences, solutions, and best practices – even those that yielded results that were different than expected! For this round of proposals, sessions take the form of:

  • Posters: Graphically represent a topic with text, tables, and images and chat informally with poster session attendees about your material
  • Discussion Tables: Lead a small, informal group discussion to facilitate networking and information exchange about a specific issue that librarians face
  • Tech Tables: Demonstrate a technology resource being used in your library.

Submit your proposal online @
Questions? Contact Shelly Miller, ALAO CPC via email: shellym at

Friday, July 18, 2014

Weekly Reader

At Sea in a Deluge of Data
"This spring, more college students than ever received baccalaureate degrees, and their career prospects are brighter than they were for last year’s graduates. Employers responding to this year’s National Association of Colleges and Employers’ "Job Outlook 2014 Survey" said they planned to increase entry-level hiring by almost 8 percent. But what they may not realize is that these seemingly techno-savvy new hires could be missing some basic yet vital research skills." -- Alison J. Head and John Wihbey, Chronicle | Commentary, 7/7/14

A Question of Quality
"If students in a face-to-face course emailed their provost with concerns that their professor had stopped lecturing, chances are that someone -- a department head or an administrator -- would intervene. But what if the students were scattered across different countries and time zones in a not-for-credit massive open online course?" -- Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed, 7/15/14

What Academic Librarians Need to Learn About the Common Core
"Today’s post is partly inspired by Steven Bell’s recent op-ed piece on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in Library Journal. Bell gives an overview of CCSS and highlights its impact on libraries, not only K-12, but higher education as well. I’m very familiar with the standards, so today’s post will delve into the specifics of how CCSS will impact academic librarians, as well as information literacy programs. I will also give you some ideas about how you can support CCSS locally."-- Amanda Hovious, Designer Librarian, 7/15/14

33 Ethicists Defend Facebook’s Controversial Mood Study
"A group of bioethicists wrote in a column published on Wednesday that Facebook’s controversial study of mood manipulation was not unethical, and harsh criticism of it risks putting a chill on future research. The article was written by six ethicists, joined by 27 others."-- Andy Thomason, Chronicle | The Ticker, 7/16/14

Lessons Learned from the Facebook Study
"By now, anyone who is remotely interested knows that the Facebook data-science team, in collaboration with some researchers at Cornell University, recently published a paper reporting “experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks.” If you’ve heard about this study, you probably also know that many people are upset about it. Even the journal that published it, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, has issued an “editorial expression of concern” about potential violations of ethical standards."-- Duncan J. Watts, The Chronicle | Conversations, 7/9/14

Misjudgements will drive social trials underground
"Some bioethicists have said that Facebook’s recent study of user behaviour is “scandalous”, “violates accepted research ethics” and “should never have been performed.” I write with 5 co-authors, on behalf of 27 other ethicists, to disagree with these sweeping condemnations (see We are making this stand because the vitriolic criticism of this study could have a chilling effect on valuable research. Worse, it perpetuates the presumption that research is dangerous." -- Michelle N. Meyer, Nature | World View, 7/16/14

Random Reflections on Getting Published
"In my last article, I provided a handful of obvious tips for junior scholars on getting journal articles published. My aim wasn’t to provide a comprehensive guide to publication, but instead to highlight common (and easily rectified) issues that I see regularly as an associate editor of an academic journal. But there’s more to say. So as a follow-up, I thought I’d offer a few random reflections informed by my work as an editor and my experiences as an author." -- Kirsten Bell, Chronicle Vitae, 7/14/14

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

ALAO 2014: Registration Open

Annual Conference:  November 14, 2014

40th Annual Academic Library Association of Ohio Conference
The Kalahari Resorts • 7000 Kalahari Drive • Sandusky, Ohio 44870

Head Librarian and Professor of Women's Studies Penn State Greater Allegheny

Keynote Address:  Diversity, Professional Development & Participation: How Academic Libraries Empower Communities

Conference Website:

Pre-conference November 13, 2014

Pre-conference Speaker:  Char Booth
Director of Research, Teaching, and Learning Services at the Claremont Colleges Library
ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Institute faculty

Pre-conference address: Who Gives? Advocacy & Outreach That Make Things Matter

Pre-conference Website:
Pre-conference Registration:

About ALAO Conference Registration:

Early Bird Registration ends September 19, 2014
Registration Closes: October 22, 2014
No Refunds after October 22, 2014

For information on lodging, please visit the conference website.

Questions about conference registration? Please contact Judy Cerqua, Registration Coordinator, at cerqua.1 at

Questions about the 40th Annual ALAO Conference? Please contact ALAO President, Eboni Johnson at eboni.johnson at

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Follow the conference with the official Twitter hashtag #ALAO2014

Thursday, July 10, 2014

More about #IRCshelfies

Marketing the IRC is an ongoing project; planning a semester long marketing and collection awareness strategy in late summer allows me to do a 'beta test' of sorts prior to the start of the fall term.  That said, this is the second week of my #IRCshelfie project.

All of the supporting pieces are in place. I took 'shelfies' of twenty four different collection areas in the IRC, library second floor; enough for weekly tweets from July 8th to December 16th - end of the fall term. Using the online photo editor PicMonkey, I applied a Polaroid style frame to each image (oh, the irony), detailed the collection type, and added the #IRCshelfie label. After finishing the images, I used TweetDeck to schedule weekly Tuesday tweets.

Why Tuesday? We have a number of Monday holidays during the term; Tuesday generally means students will be on campus and/or in class. I also scheduled them during the afternoon.  If classes are using Twitter for back-channel conversations, there is an increased chance for viewing.

Why not Instagram?  I considered the popular platform to use instead of a photo editor. At this point, featuring Twitter and Pinterest in conjunction with the IRC news and information blog works. Developing relevant content for Instagram beyond the shelfies is something to consider at a later date.

The IRC Pinterest site now includes an #IRCshelfie board. Each Wednesday after the tweet, #IRCshelfie images are uploaded to Pinterest. Mock Caldecott panels and IRC scavenger hunts are traditionally scheduled at the start of each term; both activities feature the IRC Pinterest site during the activity and on corresponding LibGuides. This will help me to promote collections as well.

Follow IRC's board #IRCshelfie on Pinterest.

The final step is crafting a blog post marketing the endeavor. It is simple enough to describe the process, but I hope to create a video to make it more engaging.  I've successfully used Animoto and Tellagami for marketing and information. Yesterday a tweet from Heather Moorefield shared an animated video created using Explee.

And, there are always the button makers I have on order to consider.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Another Weekly Reader

U. of Zurich Says Professor Deleted MOOC to Raise Student Engagement
"The University of Zurich says it has cleared up the bizarre case of the MOOC that went missing. But the university is offering few clarifying details to the public, which has been left to piece together theories from the university’s statements and from cryptic tweets by the course’s professor about an unspecified experiment he might have been trying to conduct." -- Steve Kolowich, Wired Campus, 7/8/14

How to Use Twitter for Prospecting
"Twitter has over 255 million active users a month – it is a massive database, buzzing with real-time information about individuals and communities around the world. Twitter is therefore a valuable source of information for online sales and digital content teams, as well as professional bloggers, who can benefit greatly from easy, personalised communication with prospects, as well as readers and consumers." -- Sophie Turton, The Blog Herald, 7/7/14

Room for Creativity
"I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again: academic Twitter can be incredible. Natalie Dorfeld emailed me after the column featuring Jessica Lawless and Miranda Merklein ran and asked what she could do to help. Noting the “kick ass work” these columns have been doing — why thank you, Natalie — she volunteered to participate. After learning about some of her professional experiences and interests, I did what any academic connected to social media would do: I crowdsourced to find a partner for an adjunct interested in ESL pedagogy, creative writing, narrative theory, contemporary poetry, and contingent labor issues." -- Joseph Fruscione, Inside Higher Ed | Career Advice, 7/9/14

Stephen Krashen to LA School Board: Invest in Libraries
"The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) recently approved a new 6.6 billion budget for the strained school system, where 80 percent of attending students live in poverty. Earlier this year, literacy expert Stephen Krashen, professor emeritus at the University of Southern California Los Angeles, delivered a powerful, five-minute presentation to the LAUSD board, “Why Invest in Libraries.” His remarks addressed the stubborn intersection of poverty, poor literacy, and limited book access." -- SLJ, School Library Journal, 7/7/14