News from the Open Web

Posted by Duncan Whitmire on 1/15/19 9:49 AM

This blog series provides easy, free access to open web resources and content that support affordable learning opportunities. A wide variety of resources published by government entities, think tanks, and more are curated to demonstrate what may be relatively unknown or ‘buried’ in the internet. Resources reflect issues happening today for the use of librarians, students, and all audiences.

Affordable Learning Solutions

FYE Spotlight: Loyola Marymount University Library

Posted by Raymond Pun on 1/14/19 10:41 AM

By John Jackson and Raymond Pun

In this FYE Spotlight Series, we’ve spoken to many academic librarians from community colleges to major universities to hear more about their work in supporting the FYE community. In this interview, librarian John Jackson from Loyola Marymount University Library shares his experiences in collaborating and designing outreach programs for first year students. John also discusses the importance of libraries in connecting with first year students as soon as they start.

First Year Experience

Lateral Reading: A How-To

Posted by InfoLit Learning Community on 1/11/19 12:28 PM

Information literacy librarians (correctly) teach students to evaluate the websites they use for papers and other academic purposes by looking at features such as the site’s domain, its appearance, who the author is, etc. These are necessary steps, but there are increasing calls for evaluation to be broader. Mike Caulfield’s Web Literacy for Student Fact Checkers, for example, encourages “lateral reading,” an approach that involves reading “about” a website or other source in addition to reading and analyzing the source itself. Lateral reading of a website involves a short scan of the site followed by researching its ownership and what other sources say the site to help decide whether the information there can be trusted or not.

Information Literacy, Lateral Reading

FYE Predictions & Trends for 2019

Posted by Raymond Pun on 1/7/19 2:32 PM

By Heather F. Ball, Beth Black, and Raymond Pun

2018 was an interesting year that saw big shifts in librarians’ responsibilities with interesting developments in open access, makerspaces, and virtual and augmented reality services. The rise of blockchain and artificial intelligence are also being heavily discussed across the field now—but what will 2019 bring? Three academic librarians offered up the following conversation to explore potential FYE and academic librarianship trends for 2019 and beyond.

First Year Experience

Social Media Content for Libraries

Posted by Duncan Whitmire on 1/7/19 1:10 PM

Looking to up your library's social media game? One of the best ways to engage followers to is to provide a consistent stream of fun/useful content. Understanding that libraries don't always have the time to generate all of the content they'd like, we're here to help! 

Social Media for Libraries, Customer Success

Information Literacy at ALA Midwinter

Posted by InfoLit Learning Community on 1/4/19 10:00 AM

The new year is here and that means ALA Midwinter is almost upon us. This year it’s in Seattle, WA, from January 25-28.

ALAMW19, Information Literacy

Journalists' Predictions for 2019: IL Makes the Cut

Posted by InfoLit Learning Community on 12/21/18 10:00 AM

End-of year-roundups are popping up all over right now. Our advice is to skip the 100th “best gifts” list that landed in your mailbox--instead enjoy NiemanLab’s latest set of predictions for the year ahead in journalism. The annual feature interviews numerous people in the world of journalism, technology, and publishing about what they think the new year will bring. This time round, news accuracy, ways of ensuring it, and predications about how the public will react to disinformation in 2019 are frequently raised topics.

Information Literacy, disinformation, journalism

News from the Open Web

Posted by Duncan Whitmire on 12/20/18 11:28 AM

This blog series provides easy, free access to open web resources and content that support affordable learning opportunities. A wide variety of resources published by government entities, think tanks, and more are curated to demonstrate what may be relatively unknown or ‘buried’ in the internet. Resources reflect issues happening today for the use of librarians, students, and all audiences.

Affordable Learning Solutions

Escape Rooms for the Academic Library: Tips and Tricks for Learning Engagement

Posted by Raymond Pun on 12/18/18 11:36 AM

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit KTH Royal Institute of Technology, a university located in Stockholm, Sweden. In this trip, I created a gamified IL workshop based on escape rooms. About 20 academic librarians came from all over Sweden to participate in this activity and discuss ways to expand the concept into their own practices. Here I’ll explain some tips and tricks for you to consider when creating escape rooms in your own instruction.

First Year Experience, Library Instruction

Patron Privacy Matters

Posted by InfoLit Learning Community on 12/14/18 10:00 AM

Maybe you’ve considered journey mapping of patron experiences as a way to improve your library’s services. Or you might be conducting other user research as part of your work or for a library school assignment. Either way, patron privacy should be a first concern. Two new resources will be of assistance as you consider how to protect patron data and other sensitive information that you gather.

Privacy

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