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Adventures in Library Instruction podcast

A monthly podcast by and for library information literacy instructors. The show includes features, interviews and discussion about teaching in libraries.

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Episode 25: Class Reunion

Our former colleague Erin Mooney from Emory University Library joins us this month. We talk about first-year student orientation, library videos, assessment, LibGuides, Immersion, merging the reference and circulation desk, and pizza parties.Emory Library videos Dooley (Emory's skeletal mascot) on Facebook ACRL Immersion GSU LibraryMP3 (51 minutes, 46 MB)

28 Apr 2011

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Teaching Zotero: it's not rocket surgery

Jason's Zotero book is out, and we talk about teaching Zotero and other reference manager programs.(MP3 link: circa 1 hour)Links and notes:Char Booth’s Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning: Instructional Literacy for Library EducatorsCirculating Ideas podcast by Steve ThomasJason's book Zotero: A Guide for Librarians, Researchers and Educators (DRM-free ebook editions available from ALA Store)Example of a bibliography auto-generated by the Zotero API on Jason's websiteJustin Bieber

30 Jun 2011

Rank #2

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Episode 24: Geeking Out & Speaking Up

Listen to the podcast (mp3, ~50 minutes)Things we talk about:Conference debriefings (THATCamp and Computers in Libraries);Crazy ideas regarding technology's role in "next generation" professional development, scholarly communication, and professional contributions;" Rachel's officially blogging her quest for programmatic information literacy;Jason's progress with his all online, asynchronous Zotero course for GSLIS' Continuing Education at Simmons College; andWe respond to a listener email from Kate the Hoosier LibrarianShow Notes:Lawson, S. (2010). Library camps and unconferences. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers.  Borchardt, R., Coleman, M., Puckett, J. & Van Scoyoc, A. (2011, March). Podcasting for professional development [PowerPoint Slides]. Presentation at Computers in Libraries: Strategic Focus & Value for Library Communities, Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://www.slideshare.net/jasonpuckett/podcasting-for-professional-development.Rachel's blog, My Quest for Programmatic Information Literacy Check. it. out.Jason's CE Zotero course at Simmons College

1 Apr 2011

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Episode 33: Love the Cataloger; Hate the Catalog

Listen to the podcast (mp3, ~57 minutes)Rachel, Jason and Anna have the great pleasure of talking Laura McElfresh, the Assistant Director (and Cataloger Extraordinaire) from Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City Library. The conversation includes information tidbits from the book, Magic Search, as well as benefits of collaboration between instruction librarians and catalogers.Note: At about 46 minutes into the show, we say good-bye and thanks to Laura, and we address listener comments from Episode 32: Critical Thinking Skills and Strategy.Show Notes:Kornegay, R. S., Buchanan, H. E., & Morgan, H. B. (2009). Magic search: Getting the best results from your catalog and beyond. Chicago: American Library Association. Cockroaches -- for those who want to know to which order and species cockroaches belong.Join us for future episodes! If you’re interested, please post a comment below on the Adventures in Library Instruction blog or send us an email! We’d love to have you be a part of our Skype discussion or participate in a one-on-one interview. OR you can record your own a segment of something fabulous you’re doing with library instruction techniques, technology, or methods!

22 Feb 2012

Rank #4

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Episode 23: Google Scholar and Subversion

Listen to the podcast (mp3, ~62 minutes)Anna, Jason and Rachel talk with Iris Jastram from Pegasus Librarian. We discuss how integrate Google Scholar into instruction, how to create and use subversive handouts, and how to "explode" an article while searching.Show Notes:Iris's blog: Pegasus LibrarianGoogle Scholar: Why would undergraduates need those clunky databases anyway? Reading InstrumentallySubversive HandoutsExploding an ArticleUpdate: Further comment from Iris

25 Feb 2011

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Episode 29: Balancing and Prioritizing the Instruction Load

Listen to the podcast (mp3, ~60 minutes)Rachel, Jason, and Anna share possible strategies instructors can take to relieve instruction-related stress, especially stress revolving around instruction load and setting priorities. The Adventures in Library Instruction trio also discuss programmatic, department-wide strategies to help keep library instructors energized.Show Notes: Jason's [with Sarah Steiner] Simmons College SLIS continuing education course, Instruction Librarian Boot Camp, coming in November;Pellergino, Catherine. "Why it matters how faculty view librarians." Spurious Tuples (Personal Blog). August 26, 2011).What Students Don't Know - 2-year anthropological study of Illinois libraries studying students' research habits and library interactivity;Library Society of the World FriendFeed discussion about managing instruction loads;Farkas, Meredith. “Tutorials that matter. (Technology in Practice).” American Libraries. (August 10, 2011). [re: integrating learning objects strategically in the discipline curricula] The Instruction Balance, coordinated by ACRL’s Instruction Section’s Teaching Methods Committee and Education Committee, January 22, 2006, San Antonio, TX [check out the accompanying bibliography -- a bit dated, but some good resources]Picture of Rachel's monkey costume (sans makeup):

1 Sep 2011

Rank #6

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Episode 26: Training Sherpas

Listen to the podcast (mp3, ~60 minutes)Rachel, Jason, and Anna discuss Lori Reed and Paul Signorelli's book, Workplace Learning & Leadership: A Handbook for Library and Nonprofit Trainers, specifically how the content and resources relate to instruction librarians.Show Notes:Reed, L., & Signorelli, P. (2011). Workplace learning & leadership: A handbook for library and nonprofit trainers. Chicago: American Library Association.T is for Training State Library of North Carolina's Master Trainer ProgramNew Jersey State Library's Train the Trainer ProgramInfoPeople via the California State LibraryALA Learning Round Table Jason's Zotero book, Zotero: A Guide for Librarians, Teachers and Researchers, from ACRL Publications will be available at ALA Annual in New Orleans

24 May 2011

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Episode 22: Kicking off 2011 with Catherine Pellegrino

Listen to Episode 22 (mp3, ~49 minutes)Rachel, Jason, and Anna have the great privilege to speak with guest, Catherine Pellegrino, Reference Librarian and Instruction Coordinator at the St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana. Show Notes: Spurious Tuples, Catherine's Blog Library Society of the World LSW FriendFeed Thread re: End of Session Feedback/Evaluation/Value Meaurement LSW on FriendFeedQuickie overview of the assessment tool, "One-Minute Paper" [not just for the large, lecture-type class]

21 Jan 2011

Rank #8

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Episode 28: She Got Data

Listen to the podcast (mp3, ~58 minutes)Lynda Kellam, Data Services and Government Information Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s University Libraries, joins Rachel, Jason, and Anna to discuss data, data literacy, and instruction.  Kellam recently published, Numeric data services and sources for the general reference librarian, which includes a chapter about incorporating statistics and numeric data sources into instruction sessions. Kellam blogs about data sources at http://uncgdataland.blogspot.com/, as well as about her library experiences at http://lyndamk.com/Show Notes: Kellam, L. M., & Peter, K. (2011). Numeric data services and sources for the general reference librarian. Oxford: Chandos Publishing. A handful of data sources:American Community Survey Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)The Association of Religion Data Archive (ARDA)Cultural Policy and the Arts National Archive (CPANDA)American National Election Studies (ANES)Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD)World Development IndicatorsIntegrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS)Statistical SoftwareSPSSSASProfessional OrganizationsInternational Association for Social Science Information Services & Technology (IASSIST)Numeric and Geospatial Data Services in Academic Libraries Interest Group (via ACRL)Junk Charts

30 Jul 2011

Rank #9

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Episode 34: Discovery Layers in the Classroom

Listen to the podcast (mp3, ~58 minutes)Rachel and Jason educate Anna about "discovery layers," while the two of them wrestle with the idea of how, when, where, and why discovery layers fit in an instruction session.Note: Please excuse the excessive noise around the 23 minute mark; Anna's 4-year-old felt the need to snuggle with her while recording.Show Notes:GSU’s “Discover” (EBSCO Discovery Service)American University's SearchBoxDiscovery Layer Interfaces via Library Technology GuidesGrotti, M. G. & Sobel, K. (2012). WorldCat Local and Information Literacy Instruction: An Exploration of Emerging Teaching Practice. Public Services Quarterly, 8(1), 12-25. doi:10.1080/15228959.2011.563140Update: Anna came to learn (post-recording) that HER [public] library actually has a discovery layer via SirsiDynix's Enterprise. Who knew?Join us for future episodes! If you’re interested, please post a comment below on the Adventures in Library Instruction blog or send us an email! We’d love to have you be a part of our Skype discussion or participate in a one-on-one interview. OR you can record your own a segment of something fabulous you’re doing with library instruction techniques, technology, or methods!

30 Mar 2012

Rank #10