Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Managing Stress in Today's Libraries

A video of the 2010 workshop Handling What You Can’t Control: Managing Stress in Today’s Libraries, presented by Enid Berman, is now available free online at http://rurallibraries.org/video/enid/index.html The workshop was sponsored by the Pacific Library Partnership Staff Development Committee and received excellent evaluations from those in attendance.  The video is on the web site of the California State Library’s Rural Library Initiative, which funded the videotaping.  Thanks very much to Chuck O'Shea, web manager for that site, who did the technical work to get the video online.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

TLT Group

This non-profit group is worth joining (free) if you're interested in teaching and learning with technology.  They have a special program called FridayLive!, which is free to individual members.  Some of their upcoming sessions include:

  • If evidence for changing pedagogies is so clear, then why do my colleagues keep teaching the same way?
  •  Understanding and Working with Student Resistance to Active Learning
  • Utopia or Dystopia: Which science fiction futures are worthy to achieve in higher education?
  • Interview with Alice Brown about her book "Changing Course: Reinventing Colleges, Avoiding Closures" 

Collections & Technical Services

ALCTS Continuing Education schedules for web courses and webinars are posted.

Chronicle's Online Learning Microsite

from The Chronicle of Higher Learning:
Learn how top technology companies are working with colleges and universities to create high-quality online and distance learning programs. Download case studies, white papers, and articles on The Chronicle’s Online Learning Microsite .

Monday, November 14, 2011

LE@D (Lifelong Education @ Desktop)

LE@D (Lifelong Education @ Desktop) program at the University of North Texas. LE@D classes are high-quality online, self-paced courses, mostly on topics of use to people who work in libraries. During the month of November they'd like to give our friends in the library world the gift of a free LE@D class courtesy of a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
You can access LE@D classes and information at www.leadonline.info.
Follow the Green Star
As you look through our course catalog you will notice a green star in the lower right hand corner of the course illustrations. This star indicates that this course is eligible as a free gift!
To claim your free course: Login to your LE@D account. If you don't already have a LE@D account, create an account -->Go to the course catalog and select the course you want. Look for the green star to find courses that are eligible for this promotion -->Add the course to your shopping bag -->Apply the promotional code to pay for the class:
If the class is a $25 course, use the coupon code: IMLS-25
If the class is a $45 course, use the coupon code: IMLS-45
Restrictions: Like eating a piece of pumpkin pie at grandma's house, please limit yourself to one until everyone has had a chance to get some. If you register for more than one class with the coupon code, we will only process one of your selections.
Additional Discounts: As an added bonus, you may buy as many additional courses from our Library or School Library course catalog as you wish at a $10 discount (no Green Star required). To get the discount, apply the coupon code IMLS-10 to the courses in your shopping bag. This coupon is valid through the end of November with no restrictions.
This promotion is good through the end of November, or until the grant funds are exhausted, whichever comes first.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Library 2.011

The Library 2.011 worldwide virtual conference was a huge success, and all of the session recordings are posted on the site!

This was a GAS to help out with!  And lots of great sessions I missed, so will be checking out the recordings.

Friday, November 4, 2011

It's Simple: Open Access, Open Minds | Peer to Peer Review

It's Simple: Open Access, Open Minds | Peer to Peer Review

One of my favorite bloggers, this method of learning by DOING, whether it's writing or creating or mashing, is incredibly powerful. I recently suggested creating a peer-reviewed open access journal for student writings to several of our English professors, but it hasn't yet been taken on.

Professor Backfire

A must read.  This article (and the insightful comments to it) speaks volumes about how learning (i.e., what happens in the classroom) is being tarnished by student expectations of teaching style.  Not happy being called on to discuss the material?  Not wanting to work in groups?  This is enough to warrant denial of tenure?!