Duncan Whitmire

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10 Creative Activities to Support Student Engagement

Posted by Duncan Whitmire on 9/12/17 12:43 PM

The third installment of our Credo in Action webinar series featured two Fresno State librarians, Ray Pun and Vang Vang, discussing new and innovative ways to engage students through gamification, visual literacy, and more. With clear and practical examples, they walked us through how they’ve implemented these various strategies to expand their instruction and outreach services. Here are a few of the highlights; access the full recording and slides to see all 10!

First Year Experience, Credo in Action, Webinars

Webinar Recap: Pre-search to Research, Credo as ‘Academic Google’

Posted by Duncan Whitmire on 9/6/17 7:52 PM

Niketha McKenzie was tasked with creating an instructional platform to ensure Howard University’s incoming freshmen were aware of the library’s resources and services. She and her colleagues Adia Coleman and Kimberly Prosper reached out to faculty and students to assess the main obstacles first year students faced when conducting research, and where faculty wanted to improvement. As part of our Credo In Action webinar series, these librarians agreed to share what they learned, what they’ve created to address these needs, and how students and faculty have responded. Access the full webinar recording here!

First Year Experience, Information Literacy, Credo in Action, Webinars

Don't Take the Clickbait – Practical Ways to Recognize and Fight Fake News (Webinar Recap)

Posted by Duncan Whitmire on 8/28/17 2:31 PM

The second installment of our Credo In Action webinar series featured librarians Darcy Gervasio and Emily Carlin of SUNY Purchase College discussing how they combat fake news. Watch the webinar recording here, and view the slides here.

Information Literacy, Credo in Action, Webinars

September Social Media Content for Libraries

Posted by Duncan Whitmire on 8/28/17 11:30 AM

We understand your library wants to post fun content to social media but that you might not have the time to dedicate to writing it, so we’d like to help!

Below you will find daily posts, all under Twitter’s 140 character limit (good for Facebook too), that you can copy/paste at your leisure, each linking to a Topic Page, which, for Credo Online Reference Services subscribers can be a gateway to all kinds of e-resources.

Customer Success, Social Media for Libraries

Credo In Action: Teaching Information Literacy

Posted by Duncan Whitmire on 8/21/17 11:49 AM

In the era of fake news, biased media, and dubious websites, information literacy (IL) has come to the forefront of essential 21st century skills. Whether strating a paper, or attempting to discern the validity of the Facebook meme a friend posted, the ability to find, evaluate, and use information effectively and responsibly has never been more important. We asked academic librarians how they use Credo Online Reference Service and InfoLit Modules in their IL instruction, and this is what they told us:

Information Literacy, Credo in Action

Pre-search to Research: How One Library is Using Credo as “Academic Google”

Posted by Duncan Whitmire on 8/8/17 10:12 AM

When Howard University decided it was time to streamline their First Year Experience program and create an FYE librarian, they tasked Niketha McKenzie with creating an instructional platform to ensure incoming students were aware of the library’s resources and services. Professors asked her to use her one-shots to introduce students to the library’s databases, but McKenzie noticed a fundamental gap in students’ readiness to conduct that level of scholarly research.

Events, Credo in Action, Webinars

Credo In Action: Starting the Research Process

Posted by Duncan Whitmire on 7/19/17 9:00 AM

For many students, the hardest part of writing a paper is getting started. Oftentimes either can’t settle on a topic, or they feel overwhelmed by the volume and complexity of the information out there. We asked librarians to write to us about how Credo helps their students start their research, and this is what we heard back:

Credo in Action, Trends in Reference

The Best Browser Tool for Libraries, Maybe Ever

Posted by Duncan Whitmire on 6/22/17 2:40 PM

As children we were promised flying cars, hoverboards, and conveyor belts to shower and dress us each morning. Until now, you’d be forgiven if you were disappointed that all we’ve gotten so far are increasingly sophisticated ways to argue with strangers and hail rides. Library Extension, the browser tool that gives you a heads up when your local library has the book you’re about to buy, changes everything.

Current Events, Public Libraries

Webinar Recap: The Librarian as Scholar

Posted by Duncan Whitmire on 6/19/17 10:15 AM

Brian Coutts and Rosemary Meszaros of Western Kentucky University recently joined us to explore the role of the librarian as scholar. Brian is this year's winner of the Reference and User Services Association's (RUSA) Isador Mudge Award. View the recording here (plus slides). 

Events, Trends in Reference, Webinars

Faculty Engagement Remains a Concern for Librarians at ACRL

Posted by Duncan Whitmire on 4/20/17 1:37 PM

At this year’s ACRL conference we hosted a small booth survey (and raffled off a free year of InfoLit Modules to Carl Andrews, Assistant Professor/Librarian at Bronx Community College!) to get a sense of how librarians felt about FYE, faculty collaboration, and information literacy.

Conferences, First Year Experience, Information Literacy, Uncategorized