Monday, September 29, 2014

Weekly Reader, Monday edition

Hello? No, Ello
"As if we at Tenured Radical did not spend enough time on Facebook, Twitter, Google Hangouts, Skype and blogging, now there is this Ello thing. Ello? Ello is a new social networking site that advertises itself as “totally ad-free. Ello does not sell data about you to third parties, including advertisers and data brokers,” they promise."-- Claire Potter, Tenured Radical, 9/25/14

What You Need to Know About Yik Yak, an App Causing Trouble on Campuses
"Anonymous posts on a smartphone application called Yik Yak are facilitating conversations on college campuses, but the dialogue is not always fit for the classroom. Discussions on the app sometimes dredge up racist, sexist, and other degrading content, and students at multiple colleges have been arrested for using Yik Yak to post threats to campus safety." -- Rebecca Koenig, Chronicle | Technology, 9/26/14

An Informal Study: Do Book Challenges Suppress Diversity?
"What is the overlap between challenged books and books by diverse authors? Inspired by the recent flurry of challenges to titles with diverse characters or by minorities or LGBTQ writers, young adult author and Diversity in YA co-founder Malinda Lo conducted an informal study to see whether there is a correlation between challenged books and diverse content." -- Shelly Diaz, School Library Journal, 9/25/14

Friday, September 26, 2014

ALAO 2014: Conference Schedule

40th Annual ALAO Conference

November 14, 2014
The Kalahari Resorts • 7000 Kalahari Drive
Sandusky, OH 44870

The preliminary conference schedule and session abstracts (new) are now available on the ALAO 2014 Conference web site.

• More about the conference 

Keynote Speaker: Courtney Young, ALA President

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

Conference Website:

Connect With Us!
Follow the conference with the official Twitter hashtag #ALAO2014

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

ready to #tweetalao

Time is drawing near for the 40th annual ALAO conference. I'm excited to be presenting Engaging Tweets: Twitter as Personal Learning Network with Kaylin @theleastshrew. If you are attending the conference, consider joining us to #tweetalao.
Twitter is a fun, casual, and powerful tool for connecting with the global library community. In this interactive session, we will explore the use of Twitter as a communication resource for library professionals, a back channel tool for collaborating with students and faculty, and demonstrate ways to empower your personal learning network.#TweetALAO

We are curating interesting articles and infographics on Pinterest.

Follow Diane's board ALAO 2014: #tweetalao on Pinterest.

And have set up our hash tag with Twubs (though the embed function seems iffy).

Friday, September 19, 2014

Weekly Reader

Yik Yak is an Anagram for Hot Mess
"When I first heard about Yik Yak, it was being referenced in an article about cyberbullying at Chicago high schools. Recognizing that anonymous posts via the mobile app were hurting students via threats and intimidation, Yik Yak blocked access within defined electronic geo-fences. It was actually a classy maneuver." -- Eric Stoller, Student Affairs & Technology, 9/18/14

What Makes a Good Course?
"I’m teaching a one-credit class this semester in the Preparing Future Faculty program called College Teaching. In it, we are talking about, well, unsurprisingly, college teaching. Last week was our first class and we started by discussing what makes a good professor or teacher. The students had read the first chapter of The Courage to Teach, and they wrote about an experience or person who shaped their attitude towards education. We were in the right mind-space for talking about good teachers." -- Lee Skallerup Bessette, College Ready Writing, 9/18/14

Why Do People Who Love Libraries Love Libraries
"Why do people who love libraries love libraries? This has been on my mind a lot lately. Whenever I find a patron who is passionate about their library I try to decode those tangible and intangible qualities that made the experience so powerful for them." -- Brian Matthews, Ubiquitous Librarian, 9/19/14

Ed Tech's Next Wave Rolls into View
"In my 25-plus years as an early-stage venture capitalist investing in education technology, I have been fortunate to fund several successful and important companies. This experience has given me a unique perch from which to notice emerging patterns in the ed-tech world. While pattern recognition is imprecise at best, I subscribe to the analysis made in the Malcolm Gladwell book Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking: You know it when you see it. I think we are about to embark on the third, and probably most transformative, wave of ed-tech companies and new learning technologies." -- Roger Novac, The Chronicle, 9/15/14

Why I Don’t Talk Much about Gender or Race & Why I Support the Ada Initiative
"I rarely talk about gender or race issues. Not because I am not interested but because I am afraid that I may say things that are viewed negatively by a socially acceptable norm. As a person who grew up in one country with one culture (the Confusian culture that is notoriously preferential to men to boot) and then moved to, live, and now work in another country with a completely different culture (just as discriminatory to women and minorities I am afraid) and who often has opinions that are different from those held by the majorities in both societies, I am acutely aware of various disadvantages, backlashes, and penalties that can result as a consequence of a minor slip and the pervasive social norm of inequality applied to women and racial/ethnic/gender minorities reinforced in everyday life." -- Bohyun Kim, Library Hat, 9/10/14

Friday, September 12, 2014

Ready for Banned Books Week?

For some reason, I often 'miss' Banned Books week. Maybe it is because Banned Books week is scheduled for September, this year it is September 21 - 27, and I am focused on getting the term off to a good start and training new student workers. Regardless, I find myself playing catch-up posting relevant information for students. Last year I created a Banned Books Week IRC Pinterest board.

Follow IRC's board Banned Books Week on Pinterest.

I updated last week and moved it to the top row (I routinely rotate boards to the top two rows to keep the page fresh). The free graphics for this year's BBW are clever; they make interesting visual presentation perfect for Pinterest and connect with college students. Who hasn't seen a tear-off sign on campus? With the images in mind, I decided it was time for a Banned Books Week LibGuide.

"Interested in learning more about Banned Books Week? There's a Banned Books Week LibGuide for that! The library guide presents an overview of  Banned Books Week history and challenged books, Library Resources and Internet Resources for celebrating Banned Books Week, links to frequently banned and challenged books for the last ten years - and - challenged classics,  an interactive timeline highlighting 30 Years of Challenged Literature, and the IRC Pinterest site." -- IRC News Blog

Blog posts are scheduled for late next week (IRC News Blog) and the first day of Banned books week (AU Library blog).  I'm considering promotion using the IRC Twitter account and ALA's #bannedbooksweek tag. Time will tell.  At least this year, I am ready for Banned Books Week.

Friday, September 05, 2014

Mock Caldecott: Fall Edition

It's that time again! Mock Caldecott panels were held earlier this week with Dr. Mary Rycik's EDEC 323 Tradebooks and Technology with Literature class. I had an opportunity to meet with this class last week to help set up blogs and Pinterest sites used during the term. Their in-depth exploration of children's literature includes classics, poetry, folklore, fantasy, historical fiction, realistic fiction, award books, and a comprehensive author study.

... and their updated course LibGuide v2 is up to the challenge.

Prior to our session, students are introduced to elements of picture book art and illustration covering concepts of layout, design, form and function, balance, use of space, and the importance of art telling the story. Artistic mediums and styles, as well as parts of a picture book, are discussed. We met in the IRC to review and evaluate picture books; titles selected for the panel session meet criteria established by the Association for Library Services for Children, American Library Association Medal committee.

Twenty picture books considered are recent additions to the AU library juvenile collection. The selection included well known and award-winning illustrators as well as those new to picture book art. A variety of artistic mediums were represented such as collage, gauche, painted oils, pencil, watercolors, and mixed media. Students narrowed the field to four and voted for their winner. The Mock Caldecott winner, an overwhelming choice with 17 of 19 votes was Baby Bear, by author and illustrator Kadir Nelson. Honor book distinction was given to Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems, illustrated by Melissa Sweet. Interested in the books we used, check out the IRC Mock Caldecott Pinterest board.

* This post was originally published on the IRC News & Information Blog, 9/2/14

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Sharing your Dream

Here's another great video from the people at Soul Pancake. I wonder how this would look standing outside our Library?

"We all have goals and dreams that we want to accomplish in life, but sometimes we’re reluctant to put them out into the world for fear of judgment or failure. So we decided to build a giant megaphone and invite passersby to step up, and shout them out." 9/2/14

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

ALAO Early Bird Registration

40th Annual ALAO Conference 
November 14, 2014 
The Kalahari Resorts • 7000 Kalahari Drive • Sandusky, Ohio 44870

Keynote address: Diversity, Professional Development & Participation: How Academic Libraries Empower Communities By: Courtney Young, ALA President and Head Librarian and Professor of Women's Studies at Penn State Greater Allegheny.

New! Are you interested in the conference?  A preliminary program is now available on the conference web site.

There is still time to take advantage of our early bird rates:

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

Pre-conference November 13, 2014

Pre-conference: Who Gives? Advocacy & Outreach That Make Things Matter By: Char Booth, Director of Research, Teaching, and Learning Services at the Claremont Colleges Library, and is on the faculty of the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Institute.

Connect With Us!
Follow the conference with the official Twitter hashtag #ALAO2014

Questions about conference registration? Please contact Judy Cerqua, Registration Coordinator, at cerqua.1 at or 614-247-2725.

If you have questions about the 40th Annual ALAO Conference, please contact Eboni Johnson at eboni.johnson at

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

LibGuides (v2) Summer

"What did you do this summer?"

The perennial inquiry from returning students - and student workers - has a different flavor this year. Prior to their May departure preliminary second floor moves and collection weeding led to reorganization of activity books, curriculum text books, big books, book kits, and award book areas. Next in the grand plan was back-shifting the juvenile collection into a full row of newly empty shelves. It was on my summer 'to do' list.  However as LibGuides administrator, my time and efforts were focused mainly on the project. Instead of floor moves, summer moves were of the digital variety. We migrated and went live with LibGuides v2 and E-Reserves to start the new academic year (woot!).

A new platform is a great opportunity to re-brand our guides and feature what they offer to faculty. Effort by our web services team, marketing, and information technology department helped us seamlessly integrate LibGuides v2 with our existing library and IRC web sites. Initial marketing of the updated resource includes information posted on the IRC and Library blog, accompanying tweets and Facebook posts, and will be followed by a short video overview of what LibGuides can provide for course support, instruction, research, and general library resources.  The video will post this week, as soon as I decide which to use.

Library and IRC blog posts are planned to feature information about E-Reserves, A to Z Databases, LibGuides and library instruction, IRC LibGuides, and course support guides.  I have already created two new library guides to support education course assignments and the response has been very favorable. It has also been a stark reminder that I need to consistently promote what these guides offer beyond traditional instruction resources.