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Agile, Applied: Conversations with Local Leaders

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September 24, 2015 at 1:14 am

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Learning to Teach Online – resources for instructors

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Lately I’ve been (lightly) dabbling in podcasting with my colleague, Alan, over in Kirkwood’s Distance Learning department. It’s been a fun monthly plunge into some issues in education – considering blended courses, teacher presence, motivation and engagement in the classroom, and this Friday, we’ll look at new online instructor trLTTO Imageaining.

Alan introduced me to the Learning to Teach Online (LTTO) project out of the University of New South Wales in Australia. In my work as a librarian, interacting with all kinds of faculty who teach face-to-face, online, and in blended environments, it’s fantastic to be able to hear from instructors all over the world about what it’s like to teach online. I particularly learned some interesting things from the Managing Your Time When Teaching Online video/resource packet, and Creating eBooks for Distance Education.

Happy learning, all!

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April 25, 2012 at 1:51 pm

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And then there were three

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Greeting again, world.

It’s been too long, but you know what? I had a baby, and have an exciting new (full-time) job.

Stay tuned for changes to this blog – though I suppose that’s the death-knell of many a blog, eh?

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June 30, 2011 at 12:08 am

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OMG! Ponies!

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In my Digital Preservation class, taught by Professor Jerome McDonough, we recently discussed the following slide as an example of the translation of meaning across various formats. I’d be doing a disservice to the world if I didn’t share it here for your delight:

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September 1, 2010 at 12:57 am

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Some real-life data librarian interview questions

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I was recently lucky enough to see the following from-real-life interview questions asked by major universities in the hiring of data librarians, and wanted to share them with you. Though many are standard, and likely not a surprise to anyone who has interviewed before, I found the question about travel particularly interesting – surely universities want well-rounded, worldly librarians, but I can’t help but rankle at the potential bias toward those who are more affluent.

Although these are specific to a small subset of academic library jobs, I’m also curious to hear from you about questions you’ve been asked (or have asked others) in library interviews – what surprised you? What questions were you not prepared for? What lessons have you learned from seeking jobs (or hiring) in LIS?

  • What are your professional aspirations, and how do you see this position fitting them?
  • Are you more interested in data or in science librarianship?
  • Based on what you know of this position, what are the major challenges and how would your skills address them?
  • In reference to the role of libraries in e-science, Anna Gold has stated – ‘Key to libraries or librarians playing more ‘upstream’ roles in data science is their ability to position themselves as partners in research.’ What strategies might you engage to do this? What challenges do you foresee?
  • How do you see the relationship of the data curation position with science librarians and faculty, given existing relationships?
  • Have you travelled and how many languages can you speak?
  • What about this position is appealing to you?
  • A major part of this position is to create best practices in data management, support data standards and data curation, and promote data access and reuse for the science community. all of these will involve outreach efforts to other librarians and scientists.
  • How would you establish such outreach and who would you engage?
  • What might the outcome of these efforts be?
  • What role do such professional users of the system play in its design?
  • Describe your technical skills including data frameworks and standards for data and metadata description, curation, preservation and access.
  • What do you consider the most significant gaps amongst the integration of library, data management and scientific workflows and what actions can help fill these gaps?
  • Talk about a particular challenging situation in coordination, and how you successfully resolved the challenge.
  • Describe your ideal work situation.
  • Do you have questions for us about the institution and/or position?

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August 25, 2010 at 6:22 pm

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New school year, new blog name

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It has been a long summer. And while the humidity and temperature aren’t yet aware of the shift to Fall, I’m heading back for my last semester in my Master’s program at the University of Illinois’ Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Today, in fact, is my first day of classes, and with the launch of a new semester, I’m also changing this here blog’s name.

What has been known as Libraries with/out Walls is, as you’ve seen, now “Library On/Library Off.” I’m changing the name in recognition of the many other initiatives by a wide range of organizations called “Libraries without Walls,” and to blog about my areas of interest that others may not always categorize as “library” related – hence the library off. As always, I hope you’ll let me know what you think by commenting away,  dropping me a line via email or catching me on Twitter.

As far as my classes for this semester, I’m taking Information Modeling with Karen Wickett, Digital Preservation with Jerome McDonough, and Electronic Publishing: Technologies and Practices with Julia Flanders. (You can read the course descriptions here if you are so inclined: http://www.lis.illinois.edu/academics/courses/catalog.)

Here’s to Library On!

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August 23, 2010 at 12:29 pm

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Monetize community participation?

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I signed up for the community at www.konigi.com yesterday – and was interested in their opportunity for community members to “monetize” their participation (through their Google AdSense accounts):

Konigi community signup - monetize

Konigi community signup - monetize

I’m not yet familiar enough with this community to know if this actually works – I’m going to suspect nobody is raking in the cash here – but thought it an interesting concept, audience appropriate. Are other web designer, ux, or other communities doing this so far as you know?

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April 23, 2010 at 12:01 am

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