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FYE Spotlight: Reedley College Library

Posted by Raymond Pun on 11/15/18 11:12 AM

By Mai Soua Lee-Cha and Raymond Pun

In this interview, librarian Mai Soua Lee-Cha explains her many different roles at Reedley College, a community college in California. Mai Soua tells FYE Correspondent Ray Pun that librarians are “aware and cognizant that FYE is the most crucial pathway for success in college and lifelong achievement” and shares how the library at Reedley College supports these efforts in the FYE space.

FYE Spotlight: East Los Angeles College Library

Posted by Raymond Pun on 11/8/18 3:03 PM

By Cynthia Mari Orozco and Raymond Pun

FYE Correspondent Raymond Pun recently spoke with East Los Angeles College’s Librarian for Equitable Services, Cynthia Mari Orozco. She details what her position entails, how she helps support students’ of all backgrounds as they transition to college, and different strategies for reducing library anxiety.

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Using Maps and GIS in Library Instruction and Outreach

Posted by Raymond Pun on 11/6/18 9:23 AM

By Andy Rutkowski and Raymond Pun

Maps are incredible and powerful primary sources that can be used to inform and engage learners about the complexities of human geography. Today there are tons of free digital map resources such as NYPL’s Map Warper and the Library of Congress’ Digital Map Collections. These digitized maps can be used to teach visual literacy across the disciplines, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg in terms of what’s possible when incorporating maps and geographic information systems (GIS) in library instruction. In this interview, Andy Rutowski, Visualization Librarian at the University of Southern California (USC) Libraries, shares some ideas that he’s been working on to promote information and data literacies through maps and GIS tools.

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FYE Spotlight: University of California, Los Angeles Library

Posted by Raymond Pun on 10/30/18 12:32 PM

By Annie Pho and Raymond Pun

With rich library collections and services, UCLA is considered to be among one of the top academic research libraries in world. In this interview, FYE Correspondent Ray Pun interviews Annie Pho from UCLA Library. Annie shares how the library supports FYE through a number of activities including the common book program, embedded librarianship, and collaborative assessment services.

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Happy Open Access Week: Programs, Ideas, and Opportunities for Library Instruction

Posted by Raymond Pun on 10/25/18 11:02 AM

Many libraries from around the world are celebrating Open Access (OA) Week by hosting events, activities, and workshops for their larger academic communities to discuss the issues, challenges and benefits of open access in scholarship and research. This is an opportunity to exchange new ideas and discoveries freely, share scholarship and data, form collaborations and partnerships, and dismantle barriers to education and research.

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#JCLC2018 Conference: Recaps and Takeaways

Posted by Raymond Pun on 10/22/18 12:22 PM

I had the opportunity to attend the 3rd National Joint Conference of Librarians of Color also known as JCLC in Albuquerque, New Mexico. With over 1000 registered attendees from all over the country, the theme for this year’s conference was “Gathering All Peoples: Embracing Culture and Community.” From “Cultural Humility for Library Workers” to “Environmental Justice at Your Library and in Your Community,” many exciting sessions offered opportunities to engage and develop professionally and personally.

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Thinking About Indigenous Knowledge in Library Instruction

Posted by Raymond Pun on 10/15/18 11:50 AM

Last Monday, October 8th, many states and cities observed Indigenous Peoples’ Day, recognizing indigenous peoples of America in order to appreciate their shared culture, history, and contributions. I’ve been thinking a lot about this topic lately in relation to my work as an academic librarian.

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Supporting Information Literacy in the Humanities

Posted by Raymond Pun on 10/4/18 1:22 PM

By Liz King and Raymond Pun 

Raymond Pun recently spoke with Liz King, the Humanities Librarian at Alkek Library in Texas State University. Liz shares her techniques for connecting information literacy to things they do every day, how she overcomes misconceptions about the nature of research in the humanities field, and which resources she leans on when designing instruction.

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Teaching Resource Highlight: Creating Data Literate Students

Posted by Raymond Pun on 9/25/18 12:26 PM

Data literacy is defined as the ability to read, interpret, understand and create data as information. We’ve written a blog post on how to teach data literacy using Credo including tips and assignments to engage with your students. A great resource for delving even deeper is the new open access publication, Creating Data Literate Students  (2017) edited by Kristin Fontichiaro, Jo Angela Oehrli, and Amy Lennex.

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Using Zines in Library Instruction and Outreach

Posted by Raymond Pun on 9/17/18 12:13 PM

By Ann Matsushima Chiu and Raymond Pun

Zines are fascinating primary sources for self-expression, creativity, engagement, and research. They are self-published work that often include a variety of texts and images on any topic such as health, literature, activism, science fiction, and many more. Providing useful perspectives, some are written by marginalized voices not often included or cited in scholarly resources. By encouraging readers to visualize and reconsider topics, zines can help people reflect upon their own experiences and the experiences of others. Many libraries have added zines into their collection, with some even organizing zine-events where participants can create their own zines. In this interview, Librarian Ann Matsushima Chiu shares her experiences supporting zines in library instruction and programming.

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