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What are You Reading?

 Looking for your next great read? Need a great book to listen to in the car? Check out this list of what your fellow colleagues are currently reading

Bonnie is Listening to:

Amanda is Reading:


Amanda is listening to:


Bernadette is listening to:

Bernadette is Reading:

Elaine is reading:

Katie is reading:

Maria is Listening to:

Maria is Reading:



What's Going on @ Your Campus


From the Classroom Trenches

This new column will tackle issues that we all face when we teach in the classroom. Each column will focus on one topic and two librarians will share their experiences.

Katie's Teaching Technique

I am a big believer that people learn better when they have to do things themselves. My most engaging teaching technique involves having students practice search strategies. In my SOC 225 classes, I teach students how to brainstorm synonyms and related words, and how to create search statements using Boolean operators. After this part of the presentation, I have students split up into groups of three or four. Sometimes they are already working in groups for projects, in which case they can work with those groups.

I have the students write down the topic they are presenting on/writing about, then create a list of synonyms and related words. Next, they need to create search statements using these terms. After they are finished, the groups share their search terms and statements with the class. Students learn about search strategies, practice brainstorming, and receive feedback and ideas from myself and their classmates.

Matthew's Teaching Technique

My most engaging instruction strategy is to get students to actively take part in their learning by doing something (often a few things, actually) themselves. Encouraging their participation from the outset of the session is critical, so I usually begin with some kind of writing prompt or icebreaker. I try to spend my actual presentation doing the following: first outlining the information literacy outcome, then giving concrete, interesting/relevant examples of concepts I want students to learn (often culling from the news, Wikipedia, or YouTube), and finally modeling how I want them to demonstrate their learning--by putting it into practice. I am a big believer in group work and getting students to move physically when possible and as appropriate. For example, in GEC 110 Literature in the Modern World  I begin a lesson with a writing prompt, "How was your weekend?" and then go through several examples (from Shakespeare to Disney to Ivy League plagiarizers) to get them to understand the concept of intellectual property. Then I tell them how to avoid it and model ways to do it (attribution, citation, drawing inferences, etc.)--by giving them a concrete example of an article I found that I then cite in my own rewrite. Finally comes the inevitable "Now you do it": I have them swap their initial icebreaker/writing prompts and rewrite each other's weekend while properly attributing. Best (and "needs improvement") examples are shared. While it's not always easy to get students to engage, giving them several opportunities to actively participate in a lesson is, I think, critical to getting them to retain what we teach them.

Next From the Classroom Trenches Topic: 

How do you handle students who fall asleep during your IL session? What do you do?

Do you want to share your strategy? Email amanda with your strategies and she will include it in the next trenches column!



Computers in Libraries 2013 Conference Part II


Librarian Accomplishments

Please Congratulate your colleagues on their recent Accomplishments!

Leslin's proposal titled "Integrating Information Literacy into the curriculum: creating and implementing an information literacy curriculum map." has been accepted to the International conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries. June 4-7 in Rome, Italy

 Paul has recently published an article in the American Association of Law Libraries titled "Can I Cancel my Print Case Reporter Collection?"


A Day in the Life of a Librarian

This new series is a great way for us to learn about each others daily practices.  Its also a great tool to use for self reflection.

Links and Things

Here is a list of different links that librarians have been sending me that might fancy your interests!

Conferences & Webinars


Library Buzz Archives

Wish you could go back to a previous edition? Well You can!! Click on the image and you will be redirected to the Library Buzz Archives.


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