Thursday, June 08, 2017

Libraries Transform: Because Statements

A simple search for the origin of the now infamous library sign stating "because not everything on the internet is true" led me to a story on the Libraries Transform site because page and this video. For me, key to the accompanying quote is noting transformation of library services and scope are not readily apparent to all. This video - and quote - has found it's way to our library blog.

"The ways in which libraries transform are as nuanced and varied as the people they serve. Physical transformations are easy to spot. Transformations in service and scope can be less apparent, but are ever changing." - Libraries Transform

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Yes! It's time for Mock Caldecott

Buttons, pens, and ballots (oh, my)
Yesterday was my annual Mock Caldecott panel session with Dr. Mary Rycik's EDEC 323 Tradebooks and Technology with Literature class. I love this activity!

Students met in the library (second floor), outside the IRC, to review and evaluate picture books for a Mock Caldecott award. Tables are reserved and set up with pertinent handouts, books to evaluate, ballots for voting, IRC pens, and buttons proclaiming 'I voted for the Mock Caldecott.' This year I changed our voting process to include use of weighted ballots (first place vote = 4 points, second place vote = 3 points) and more closely follow the official nomination and voting process. In previous years, we voted by simple raise of hands. While it took longer to tabulate votes and move through the second nomination round and select a winner, student's seemed to enjoy using the ballots. I think it may also have helped remove any subtle peer pressure to vote for your group's initial nominated title. At the conclusion of our session, a clear winner (with 11 of 13 first place votes and a total score twice that of the next nominated title) and two honor books (tied for second place) were selected.

Students were introduced to elements picture book art and illustration such as layout, design, form and function, balance, use of space, and the importance of art telling the story. Artistic media and style, as well as the parts of a picture book are discussed.  They discuss picture book awards and in this instance came with great questions regarding the process.

Sixteen picture books were considered; the selection included a mix of artists publishing their first picture book and well known and award-winning illustrators. A variety of artistic mediums were represented such as collage, gauche, painted oils, pencil, watercolors, and mixed media. All of the titles were recent additions to the library juvenile collection and met basic Caldecott Medal criteria established by the Association for Library Services for Children, American Library Association Medal committee.

All of the titles we reviewed are available on the Mock Caldecott Panel Pinterest board:

Follow IRC's board Mock Caldecott Panels on Pinterest.

Students reviewed nominated titles, and completed two rounds of voting to select a final winner and two honor books.

Our Mock Caldecott winner for Fall 2015:

Honor book distinction was given to:

The IRC web site Mock Caldecott Panels page and EDEC 323 LibGuide provide additional support and resources for this activity.

*Information originally published on the IRC Blog post Mock Caldecott Panel (9/8/15).

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

NMC Horizon Report: 2015 Library Edition

"The NMC, the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB), Hannover, and ETH-Bibliothek Z├╝rich, are jointly releasing the NMC Horizon Report > 2015 Library Edition during a special online event. This is the second edition of the NMC Horizon Report that explores the realm of academic and research libraries in a global context." - NMC Horizon Report
Links to more information:

Friday, July 24, 2015

ALAO 2015: Registration Open

ALAO 2015
Cultivating Leadership: Preparing Academic Libraries for the Future
November 20th - Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center
100 Green Meadows Drive South
Lewis Center, Ohio 43035

Registration is now open for the 41st Annual Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO). This year's keynote address will be presented by Cindy Meyers Foley, Executive Assistant Director, Director of Learning and Experience Columbus Museum of Art.

Conference Website:

Early Bird Registration ends September 30, 2015.

ALAO 2015 Pre-Conference Workshop
November 19, 2015

Are You Ready For Leadership? features Trevor A. Dawes, Associate University Librarian at Washington University in St. Louis Pre-conference.

Pre-conference Registration: 

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

If you have questions about the 41st Annual ALAO Conference or the preconference, please contact Brian Gray at bcg8 at

Connect With Us! Follow the conference on Twitter  #ALAO2015

*Posted on the ALAO Blog 7/10/15

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Common Craft & Libraries

Common Craft recently posted a new - free - explainer video, this one focuses on  Libraries in the Internet Age. Why, you may ask. Their video summary and description provides that information: "We love libraries and librarians. We want them to succeed and we made this video to help the public understand how libraries have changed in the Internet Age."

This certainly explains why they were looking for librarian feedback in early March (smile).

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

CMCIG Spring Workshop

Novel Ties: Classics and Comics in the Classroom

Monday, April 20, 2015
The Ohio State University
Thompson Library, Room 150
1858 Neil Avenue Mall, Columbus OH 43210

With so much focus on technology these days, we’re going back to the books to look at how literature can be used in the classroom in innovative ways. We’ll examine the more “traditional” novel and get the inside story from a 2015 Newbery Committee member. We’ll also look at the graphic novel and how its popularity with students can be leveraged in the classroom to enhance reading instruction and to provide new opportunities to engage with text. In addition, we’ll take some time for small group discussions on topics of interest to CMC librarians. The day will conclude with a brief tour of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum.

To register: Click here
Cost: $20.00, includes workshop, breakfast, lunch, & tour
OSU Parking: $11.25 / day

Workshop Program

9:30 am – 10:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
10:00 am Welcome & Introductions
10:10 am – 11:10 am

“An Insider's Look at the Newbery Medal Process”
Stephanie Bange, Wright State University

11:10 am – 11:20 am Break
11:20 am – 12:00 pm Round Table Discussions
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
“It's More Than Just a Comic…Using Graphic Novels to Engage Readers of All Levels”
Anita Gonzalez, Ohio Resource Center

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
“The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum: Exploring Teaching and Learning with Comics in the Classroom” - Caitlin McGurk, The Ohio State University

3:00 pm Visit to OSU’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum (optional)

*Originally published CMCIG Blog, 3/24/15

Monday, March 02, 2015

ALAO 2015: Call for Proposals

The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) Conference Planning Committee is pleased to announce our call for proposals for the 2015 ALAO Conference, which will be held on Friday, November 20th at the Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center in Lewis Center, Ohio.

This year's theme is "Cultivating Leadership: Preparing Academic Libraries for the Future."  For more information and submission guidelines:

The deadline for submitting break-out session presentations and poster sessions is Friday, March 27th.  Questions about the program? Contact the program committee:


Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Friday, December 12, 2014

Weekly Reader

How to Manage Social Media in Higher Education
"Managing Social Media in Higher Education is no easy task. There is a lot of pressure to stay on top of current trends and strategies, maintain consistency in many channels, and ultimately build genuine digital relationships with our students that result in brand loyalty. Liz Gross, author of “How to Manage Social Media in Higher Education: A Guide for Campus Administrators”, joins us to give insight and tips on how to succeed in the fast-paced world of social media management." -- Amy Jorgensen, Higher Ed Live, 12/11/14

#TAGS New Homepage for Twitter Archiving Google Sheet
"Here at ProfHacker we’ve written quite a bit about Twitter over the years (as our archive of posts with the twitter tag reveals). One Twitter topic that we’ve addressed often is how best to maintain an archive of Tweets, whether your own or those associated with a particular hashtag. In two different posts, Mark introduced readers to what is, arguably, the best free solution for this: Martin Hawksey’s TAGS, “a free Google Sheet template which lets you setup and run automated collection of search results from Twitter.” -- George Williams, ProfHacker, 12/11/14 *

* Note: there's a great comment on this article with links to using IFTTT for this purpose.

BookCon To Partner With We Need Diverse Books For 2015 Conference
"BookCon and We Need Diverse Books are teaming up in 2015 for two panels highlighting diversity in literature. The panels, organized by ReedPop, the producer of BookCon, in partnership with We Need Diverse Books, will include prominent authors of color such as Jacqueline Woodson and Sherman Alexie. One of the panels will focus on children’s literature, while another will center on diversity in science fiction and fantasy." -- Claire Fallon, HuffPost Books, 12/11/14

Twitter 2014 Year in Review
"It was a big year for Twitter in 2014. Their first year after going public, people expected them to make the news on the regular—which they did. From a brand new look to being banned in Turkey, Twitter was a regular feature in the headlines.Here is a brief review of the year that was for Twitter." -- Evan LePage, Hootsuite, 12/8/14

New YouTube Tool Tells You If Your Video's Song Is Copyrighted
"Music copyright issues often get YouTube videos muted or even blocked. Now the service launched a new feature that lets video creators check those song rights before uploading, the company announced in a blog post on Monday." -- Stephanie Chan, ReadWrite, 12/9/14

Acing the Interview
"Job market candidates can spend months preparing written materials such as research statements and teaching philosophies, but invitations to interview usually leave candidates with only weeks or even days to prepare. What are the most important things to do before and during an interview? " -- Melissa Dennihy, Inside HigherEd | Career Advice, 12/3/14

Friday, December 05, 2014

Weekly Reader

The Pain of the Watermelon Joke
"AS a child in South Carolina, I spent summers like so many children — sitting on my grandparents’ back porch with my siblings, spitting watermelon seeds into the garden or, even worse, swallowing them and trembling as my older brother and sister spoke of the vine that was probably already growing in my belly.It was the late ’60s and early ’70s, and even though Jim Crow was supposed to be far behind us, we spent our days in the all-black community called Nicholtown in a still segregated South." - Jacqueline Wilson, New York Times Op Ed, 11/28/14

Is it Time to Get Rid of Grades?
"In the past few years since teachers and their principals have been reduced to numbers on a their yearly evaluations there have been many discussions revolving around the idea that educators are more than numbers. It doesn't feel good to get one number that is supposed to represent all of our hard work throughout a year. It feels disingenuous and arbitrary. Unfortunately, for many years before accountability and mandates, students were reduced to numbers and we did not do a lot about it. That is most likely due to the fact that we were reduced to numbers when we were students in school. Numbers have been a part of schooling for many decades." -- Peter DeWitt, Finding Common Ground | Education Week, 12/2/14

Five Reasons to Allow Digital Devices in Your Classroom
"Amidst reports of Steve Jobs and other Silicon Valley CEOs imposing extremely strict technology rules on their children, the debate around technology use in the classroom has caught fire once again. One of the strongest arguments for banning technology in the classroom came earlier this fall, from media pundit Clay Shirky in a piece titled “Why I Just Asked My Students To Put Their Laptops Away.” -- Natascha Chtena, GradHacker | Inside Higher Ed, 11/30/14

Who Will Log You Out When You're Gone?
"I long ago exceeded my capacity to remember passwords, especially for my institutional accounts which require password changes at regular intervals. As a result, I use a password manager to keep up with all my passwords. As it happens, I use 1Password, which syncs everywhere, generates and keeps track of preposterously complex passwords, and keeps other kinds of information, such as credit card numbers, passport information, and more secure yet available. It’s a neat thing." -- Jason B. Jones,  ProfHacker | Chronicle, 12/1/14