Thursday, May 31, 2012

Pew Internet: Twitter 2012

A new report was issued by the Pew Internet & American Life ProjectTwitter 2012. Twitter use on a typical day? I'm guilty (if that's appropriate) of daily use more often reading than tweeting.  I agree with their supposition that smartphones  may 'account for the uptick in usage,' I rarely (if ever) access Twitter via the web.
"As of February 2012, some 15% of online adults use Twitter, and 8% do so on a typical day. Overall Twitter adoption reamins steady, as the 15% of online adults who use Twitter is similar to the 13% of such adults who did so in May 2011. At the same time, the proportion of online adults who use Twitter on a typical day has doubled since May 2011 and has quadrupled since late 2010—at that point just 2% of online adults used Twitter on a typical day. The rise of smartphones might account for some of the uptick in usage because smartphone users are particularly likely to be using Twitter". - Aaron Smith & Joanna Brenner, Twitter 2012, 5/31/12
Read the overview and full report on the Pew web site.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Weekly Reader

Facebook: A Profile of its 'Friends'
"For years, the Pew Internet & American Life Project has been polling people who use social media, asking how they use it and what they get out of it. The results paint an interesting picture of what kind of people use sites such as Facebook, who they are connected to and how they manage their privacy. As Facebook prepares for its IPO, we've curated a picture of Facebook ‘friends,' with some data points, charts and salient facts." -- Sara Kehaulani Goo, Pew Research Center Publications, 5/16/12
Creator of 'Anonymous' Gossip Site Names Names
"Campus-gossip Web sites like JuicyCampus and CollegeACB used the lure of anonymity to entice students to post on them. The cloak gave students a virtual bathroom wall on which to write racy rumors and explicit insults about their peers without fear of being exposed. Now, the creator of a similar site at Pennsylvania State University has apparently turned that veil of secrecy inside-out, hoping to teach students a public lesson about cyberbullying." -- Nick DeSantis, The Wired Campus, 5/9/12

How Not to Tweet for Your Library
"Twitter is one of the best tools for promoting library services, resources, and programs. Lots of libraries use Twitter well. Check out the New York Public Library, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Kansas City Public Library, and UIUC Undergraduate Library for some good examples. However, some libraries send out tweets that aren’t particularly welcoming. Some tweets simply do not help in the promotion of library services and resources." -- Joe HardenbrookMr. Library Dude, 5/10/12

The Road to Academic Success is Paved with Stylish Academic Writing
"Several years ago I sent out an email to colleagues in which I asked two questions: What is ‘stylish academic writing’, and who are the most stylish writers in your field? Within days, responses had pinged into my inbox from across the disciplines and around the globe. Stylish academic writers, my colleagues told me, convey complex ideas in lively, well-crafted prose that engages readers, tells stories, expresses conviction, employs concrete examples and avoids gratuitous jargon." -- Helen Sword, Impact of Social Sciences, 5/14/12

Do You Turn Down Speaking Gigs Because You're Not "The Expert?"
"In the recent post Do you talk yourself out of speaking--or say yes to opportunity? I was exploring the suggestion I've heard that qualified women speakers refer invitations on to men or otherwise turn down speaking gigs they might have taken." -- Denise Graveline, The Eloquent Woman, 5/9/12

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Weekly Reader: Georgia State & E-Reserves

The GSU E-Reserves Decision: First Thoughts
"It’s funny. Tuesday night I wrote a blog post addressed to students in a course I teach about why I find Twitter such an indispensable  tool for keeping up with new developments of professional interest. They had fanned out across campus to interview faculty and pretty much determined that I’m a freak. Nobody they talked to used Twitter for keeping up." -- Barbara FisterLibrary Babel Fish, 5/13/12

"As librarians and lawyers continue to pore over the 350 pages of a long-awaited federal court decision involving copyright claims levied against Georgia State University’s library by academic publishers, one thing everybody seems to agree on is that, all things considered, the university “won.” But what victory looks like at this stage remains to be seen and may not become clear for some time, experts say." -- Steve Kolowich, Inside Higher Ed, 5/15/12

Full Text of Court Opinion in Georgia State University Copyright Case
"UPDATE (May 13, 2012): Analysis and Commentary about the Court Ruling by: Professor James Grimmelmann, New York Law School and Kevin Smith, Duke University" Also included within this post is a link to "Full text of court opinion Judge Orinda Evans." -- Gary Price, LJInfodocket, 5/12/12

Inside the Georgia State Opinion
"On Friday, the long-awaited decision in the Georgia State e-reserves case (a.k.a. Cambridge University Press v. Becker) dropped. By way of context, the case is a challenge by three academic publishers (Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, and Sage Publications) against Georgia State University’s e-reserves policy. The publishers sued in April 2008, in a lawsuit funded by the Association of American Publishers and the Copyright Clearance Center, claiming that the e-reserves policy went far beyond the bounds of fair use." --  James Grimmelmann, The Laboratorium, 5/13/12

Georgia State E-Reserves Roundup
"Last Friday the Judge finally handed down a decision in the Georgia State University e-reserves case, a year after the trial and three years after the suit was brought by academic publishers SAGE, Cambridge University Press, and Oxford University Press. These publishers sued GSU for allowing faculty to upload course readings excerpted from books to the university’s course management system, alleging that the university had gone beyond the accepted guidelines for fair use." -- Maura Smale, ACRLog, 5/14/12

Monday, May 07, 2012

ALAO 2012: Proposal deadline extended

Impact Factor:
The Value of Academic Libraries

ALAO 38th Annual Conference

Friday, October 26, 2012
Roberts Centre, Wilmington, Ohio

CALL FOR PROPOSALS  --  Deadline:  May 4, 2012  EXTENDED: 5/11/12

The ALAO Conference Planning Committee invites you to submit proposals for presentations, lightning sessions, round table discussions and poster sessions for the 2012 Annual Conference. Share your experiences, practical solutions, expertise, and innovative practices with colleagues from all types of academic libraries.  Applicants are encouraged to develop creative proposals that show thoughtful exploration of this year’s conference theme: “Impact Factor: The Value of Academic Libraries.” Join us as we explore the many ways in which academic libraries impact the campus, our communities and our profession. Possible topics include:

  • Calculating value through assessment
  • Identifying the library’s role in student learning and retention
  • Reallocating resources to increase return on investment
  • Promoting the library through marketing, programming, and public relations
  • Showcasing the value of library staff
  • Meeting the needs of our diverse user communities
  • Serving our community through outreach & service learning
  • Curating and publishing unique institutional content
  • Adopting new technologies to connect users with information


Presentations may take the form of contributed papers, demonstrations, workshops, research, or panel discussions.

Lightning Talks are designed to be fast-paced, thought provoking, and energizing. Presenters will have 7 minutes to deliver their practical or conceptual topics. There will not be scheduled time for Q & A; however, presenters may use part of their 7 minutes for this purpose.

Roundtables are small, informal group discussions designed to facilitate networking and information exchange. Facilitators should identify and develop a topic that will allow participants to discuss how they are dealing with specific issues at their libraries. Please include 2-3 questions to be addressed during the discussion in the proposal.

Posters should graphically represent a topic and include text, tables, images, or other multimedia formats. Handouts are welcome and encouraged. Presenters will share their ideas with attendees during a designated time slot of the conference.


You are welcome to submit multiple proposals, however, please know that no more than 2 will be included in the final program.

  • All proposals will be blind-reviewed for content, relevance to the conference theme, and overall appeal.  A concise, clearly written description and abstract will help the reviewers evaluate your offering more clearly.
  • Exclude the name of your institution, department and any personal names in the abstract to expedite the blind review process. You do not need to exclude this information in the brief description.
  • You will be contacted regarding your a-v/technology requirements when your proposal is accepted.
  • Please print a copy of the completed form for your records before submitting.
  • You will receive an email confirmation upon submission. If you do not receive this confirmation email, please contact:  Aaron Olivera, The Ohio State University, olivera.3 at
  • Need help? Click here for a PDF document describing the online proposal process.
  • All presenters will be responsible for their own registration and travel costs.


Friday, May 04, 2012

Weekly Reader

How to Use Flickrs New Pinterest Integration with Attribution
"Flickr, Popular photo sharing service owned by Yahoo, announced they have added Pinterest integration to their photos, which will allow users to "Pin" content with attribution. With Flickr being one of the largest content sources of Pinterest, this decision comes as no surprise." -- Tammy Kahn Fennell, Social Media Today, 5/2/12

A Graphic Syllabus Can Bring Clarity to Course Structure
"Not being a visual learner, I always struggled with ways of graphically representing course content. I was never very successful until I discovered that students could do what I couldn’t. During those summary times at the end of a class session, I often asked them to show graphically their sense of how the ideas related. I was surprised how clearly those visual representations showed whether or not they understood. Even more surprising, they sometimes depicted relationships I hadn’t thought of or positioned ideas so that they highlighted different aspects of a relationship." -- Maryellen Weimer, Teaching Professor Blog, 5/2/12

Library 2.012 Worldwide Virtual Conference
"The Library 2.012 Worldwide Virtual Conference will be held October 3-5, 2012. It will be an entirely online conference spanning multiple time zones and languages. Global participation for both presenters and attendees is encouraged.  Consider submitting a presentation. This global conference presents a unique opportunity to showcase the excellent research and work that you do every day. Everyone is welcome to submit a talk proposal, and scheduling slots will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call for proposals:" -- Dolores Fidishum, Dolores' List of CFPs,5/1/12

Can we Flip the Library Classroom?
"Recently there have been lots of articles in my feedreader about “flipping” the classroom. This pedagogical strategy aims to reverse the order of operations in traditional lecture-based classes. Instead of the professor lecturing during class and the students completing homework in between sessions, proponents of flipped classrooms move problem-solving into the classroom, and often assign video captures of lectures as homework. Students may be given the chance to work in groups as they complete their assignments, and the instructor can circulate throughout the class in “guide on the side” style, providing individual attention to each student and working through questions and uncertainties during class time." -- Maura Smale, ACRLog, 4/30/12

Word of Mouth Pedagogy: Our Oral Tradition of Sharing Ideas with Colleagues
"If you ask a faculty member to think of a new technique, strategy, assignment, activity or policy they’re using in their classroom and you ask where they got the idea, “from a colleague” is the most common answer. Interesting, isn’t it, that so much of our pedagogical knowledge is transferred orally. The beauty of it is that ideas are easily and freely exchanged via this mode. Somebody gives you a good idea for dealing with an instructional issue and you don’t have to worry whether it’s copyright protected. You don’t need to know where the idea came from or who originated it. Best of all you can borrow it and make changes without anybody’s permission" --Maryellen Weimer, Teaching Professor Blog, 4/27/12

Thursday, May 03, 2012

ALAO Instruction Interest Group Workshop

Energizing Library Instruction Pedagogical Voodoo to Animate Classroom Zombies
Registration @ 

The end of the academic year may have us all feeling a bit undead, but we hope you’ll rise and join instruction colleagues at the alao instruction interest group’s annual workshop on June 4th at Ashland University. Our active learning topics such as embedded librarianship, instructional design, mobile devices, and digital storytelling promise to rejuvenate even the most zombie-fied students and library instructors.

Workshop Program 

Active Learning on the Go: Digital Storytelling Using Mobile Devices 
Anne Fields, Associate Professor + Subject Librarian for English, The Ohio State University 
Brian Leaf, Instructional Design Librarian Resident, The Ohio State University 
Digital stories are 3-5 minute videos composed with digital images, sound, and narration and told from a personal perspective. At OSU, the technology portion of our 3-day workshops has usually required a fairly steep learning curve, and the stories rarely have focused on the use of story for active learning. Recently Joe Lambert, founder of the Center for Digital Storytelling, visited OSU and gave a workshop on creating digital storytelling using iPhones and ipads and only a few free or inexpensive downloadable applications. The technological learning curve for creating digital stories with mobile devices was much less steep. Come see examples of digital stories created on laptops and on mobile devices and discuss the possibilities for their use in active learning. We’ll also spend some time breaking up into “story circles” to develop ideas into rough “stories”.

Check Your Librarian’s ID: Instructional Design Basics for Library Instruction 
Sara Klink, Assistant Library Director, Stark State College 
Mary Beth Messner, Instructional Designer for e-Stark State, Stark State College 
Come meet Sara’s high-heeled avatar, who has guided stark state college students through the seven steps to mastering research! The digital library, SSC English department, and estarkstate collaborated to create a set of seven online introductory research modules. These modules are now included in every eng124 – college composition class, which means every stark state student will have the same foundation of basic research skills. This session will provide an overview of the instructional design process including an analysis of student learning styles, best practices for student engagement and active learning, and the ongoing challenges and revisions which accompany implementation of the lessons.

Inside Job: Embedding Librarianship in the LMS 
John Burke, Director, Gardner-Harvey Library, Miami University Middletown 
Beth Tumbleson, Assistant Director, Gardner-Harvey Library, Miami University Middletown 
Embedded librarianship in the learning management system (LMS) is practiced by many academic librarians who participate in course sites and provide reference assistance. Join Beth Tumbleson and John Burke as they share the results of a survey of 280 librarians on their embedded practices and experiences. Beth and John will cover the current state of embedded librarianship, discuss compelling reasons to start an embedded service, answer questions about growing and sustaining the service, and suggest steps for the future success of an embedded

$25.00 ($15 student rate)
continental breakfast + lunch included

Date + Time: 
June 4, 2012 -  9:30am registration 10am-3pm

Workshop Location:
Ashland University, Ashland, OH
Ridenour Room -- Dauch Center
Free parking lot D, next to the Duch Center

Registration is open! 

For more information, contact Kathryn Venditti,, or Eboni Johnson,