Thursday, March 26, 2009
A returning student came in to do research for a writ 121 assignment... writing about the negative aspects of joint custody and in particular, fathers' rights. Clearly, this was an emotionally charged topic for our student... I got the whole story about the ex-wife, the son, the doctors and teachers "only listen to her."
We searched through Opposing Viewpoints and General OneFile to try to find articles.... only he didn't want articles. He wanted legal materials. I explained to the student that these databases will have articles ABOUT those issues but aren't the legal papers themselves.
That's when he got really mad.
He went on, rather loudly (not dangerously loud or anything, just angry) about how the courts are hearing reports from fathers all the time but "they don't care and that's why there's nothing in these databases!" Again, I explained that database usage takes time and patience and not everything is in every database.. that's why we looked in two different ones.
He left. His buddy was trying to direct him to the legal aide office as they walked out...
Saturday, March 14, 2009
So far this session is really great. First off, the presenters are from Wayne State and that is where I got my MLIS! Secondly, they are incorporating really great interactive practices that we all should be using in our instruction courses. They kicked off the session by soliciting from the audience the challenges that they feel they might face in creating the learning objects to be used "to go". The presenters clearly defined what a learning object is and continued on to another exercise that got us, the audience, talking amongst each other about clearly defining a learning objective. Next they moved in to a discussion of "storyboarding" in order to create a learning object. The storyboard provides a plan where a clearly defined objective, a list of visuals/examples to include, and the attendant details associated with each example, ie. any scripts, highlights, or clicks needed.
The presenters next moved on to a discussion of their decision to attempt to utilize web 2.0 technology with their learning objects and the challenges and opportunities that this decision presented. In their first example they showed off trailfire and some of its linking capabilities. Their second example came from brainhoney and they utilized hot potatoes for their quiz assessments.For community colleges who are beginning to explore the use of online learning objects like we are at my institution I think this session provided a lot of good food for thought in terms of the creation of these portable objects and how to make them socially interactive for the students.
Friday, March 13, 2009
When you look at the findings of Project Information Literacy and related research/literature, it quickly becomes clear that libraries are practically non-existent in the psyche of students wanting to start the research process. There appears to be some confusion about the fact that libraries have reliable, trustworthy sources and the level of difficulty in utilizing those sources. By in large libraries, their websites, are completely absent as starting points for research.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Feel free to review the mockups of the homepage version 1, homepage version 2, section page, and sample internal page in the LCC files.
We are looking for feedback on:
1. Overall design
2. Additional features
- e.g. more prominent search box on homepage
3. Names of Main Categories and Headings
- Find Information (research? research tools?)
- Help (research help?)
- About (about the library, general information)
- For You
- Spotlight / Featured Resource
4. Additional content to add to website
- e.g. page for faculty
If you would prefer, you can post your comments here instead and they will be transferred to the wiki.