Category Archives: Professional issues

Conference Presentation Feedback, Part 7: But will it get me tenure?

(See this post for an introduction to this blog series.) One question that got asked over and over again was essentially, “how can I use this information in my annual performance review and/or my tenure portfolio?”  And that’s an excellent question!  It’s common practice for teaching faculty members to include course evaluations as part of […]

Conference Presentation Feedback, Part 2: Getting Buy-In

(See this post for an introduction to this blog series.) The single most common response I got on my conference presentation minute papers can be accurately represented by this quote: How on earth to institute this kind of reflective practice among other librarians!! First off, this is a problem of leadership and organizational culture. Assessment, […]

Movers and Shakers 2010: Congrats, folks!

It’s that time of year again: Library Journal has just released its list of “Movers and Shakers” for 2010. This year, the Library Society of the World (better link here) was well represented, with Movers & Shakers Maurice Coleman, Matt Hamilton, Jason Puckett, and Andy Woodworth.  But most notably for the LSW, our very own […]

Help the Louisville Free Public Library

Hey folks, Louisville just got slammed with some huge thunderstorms — reports indicated something like 6 inches of rain in 75 minutes — that caused flash flooding, leaving about 4 feet of water in the main branch of the Louisville Free Public Library.  Their book processing area, bookmobiles, and server rooms were pretty much destroyed, […]

Back from Immersion!

So I got back from ACRL’s Immersion program at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida late on Friday night and I’m still processing all of it. As anyone who’s been to Immersion will tell you, it’s intense.  It’s four and a half days of probably the most focused, hard thinking, never-slacking-off work I’ve done since…well, […]

Off to Immersion!

Today is my last day in the office before heading out on Sunday to fly to Eckerd College outside of St. Petersburg, Florida, for ACRL’s week-long Immersion program! Ever since I got my library degree, I’ve been told by everyone and anyone, “oh, you simply MUST go to Immersion!” Every time I turn around, I […]

Wikipedia, and the librarians who hate and fear it

There’s been another 10-librarian pileup on the ILI-L in the last couple of days concerning Wikipedia. This kind of thing happens every few months on ILI-L: someone starts it by reporting a funny story about Wikipedia, or asking how others use (or don’t use) it in our teaching, or what have you. This time it […]

Library Podcasts: a two-part post

Part the First: Adventures in Library Instruction So I finally got around to listening to the first episode of the “Adventures in Library Instruction” podcast, and the first thing I have to say is, “woo hoo to Jason, Rachel, and Anna for putting this together!” There is seriously not enough going on in the library/web/blogo-2.0-sphere […]

What Instruction Librarians Could Teach The Rest Of Us About Conference Presentations

How many instruction librarians would actively choose the following scenario for maximizing learning in their classrooms? Instructor stands at the front of the room, behind a podium, reading from or frequently consulting notes, while students sit passively in chairs facing the instructor, taking notes (or not). The students don’t have computers of their own in […]

Movers and Shakers: One more degree of separation

Many congratulations to my good friends Jason Griffey and Kim Duckett on being named “Movers and Shakers” for 2009 by Library Journal! They join a star-studded list that includes the likes of Chad Boeninger, Sarah Houghton-Jan, Michael Porter, Lauren Pressley, Jenica Rogers-Urbanek, Dorothea Salo, and Pam Sessoms (and those are just the ones from this […]