End of Year Update

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There's only really one update to speak of, but I didn't want to title this post 'guess what guys, I was selected to be an ALA Emerging Leader for 2012'. There's only one update, you see, because this fall semester really kicked my butt. For the first time since I've started, I really felt like I couldn't run fast enough to keep up with

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Mind Mapping with Popplet

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I was recently invited to guest lecture in an LIS class, speaking to and leading discussion around embedded librarianship and thinking beyond information literacy. For this latter topic, I had this notion that it would be interesting to get students to brainstorm broadly about what other literacies there might be, and what being literate in that

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No, no, thank you.

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I listen to a lot of podcasts. Many of them are interview based: Spark, On the Media, The Sound of Young America, etc. Invariably, at the end of the interview, the host says, "Thanks for being on this show" in some form. Now, pay attention to what the interviewee says in response. It's almost never "you're welcome", which is what so many of us

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I'm running for the Board of Governors at McMaster University. It ought to be a pretty good race, because there's eight of us on the ballot, all from different parts of the university. My motivation for running is twofold: 1) I think there should be representation from the library in university governance, since we cater to such a large and

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On Thursday March 31st, Krista Godfrey, Karen Nicholson and I participated in a panel presentation on three models of embedded librarianship at ACRL 2011. In an unusual twist, we had no convener to introduce us, so we ran the show ourselves. We were playing to packed house, probably due to a combination of talking about a hot topic, and being

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By one of those funny coincidences, a day after we spent a science literacy class in iSci discussing some of the nuances of reading a scientific paper, Rob Weir's 'It's not Harry Potter' appears in Inside Higher Ed detailing the same thing. In the program, students are thrown into the deep-end of information research very quickly, and are

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Over at Confessions of a Science Librarian, John Dupuis dropped the gauntlet for all of us in academic librarianship content to go to the same library conferences and read the same library literature. He's onto something - there's much that can be learned from discovering where your faculty are reading/going and finding them there. This can be as

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This won't be a post about the wonderful sessions I attended at the OLA Superconference 2011, because I didn't really attend any. I couldn't find the time! Rather, this will be some reflections on being a presenter, twice. Try something different. For one of my presentations (on active learning classrooms), my co-presenter and I used a web

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While visiting Slate recently, an article on a '15-minute per day' exercise routine caught my eye (check out the video associated with the article, below). I am no lover of exercise in general; I can abide and tolerate it, but I've never left a workout exhilarated or anything. Having said that, I recognize its importance, and so want to find

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