Tuesday 21 February 2012

Seven digital learning tips for Students

As a committed sardine in other words I subscribe to 21st Century Fluency Project I came across this article describing the seven digital learning tips for students.

Thursday 13 October 2011

Dutch Maritime Museum launches new facebook site

Linking in with the last Teach Meet session regarding the use of Social Media to engage with students. Here is a very innovative and humorous way the Dutch National Maritime Museum launched their new Facebook page.

LIR Tech Meet Salon Presentations Using Web2.0 / Mobile Technologies Smarter

Back in September LIR held its inaugural TechMeet salon in DIT Aungier Street, entitled" Using web 2.0 / Mobile Technologies smarter". There were five speakers in total and four of them gave presentations on the following:
Clickers in Teaching – Rachel Hynes, NUI Maynooth
QR Codes - Elaine Bean , NUI Maynooth
Video in Teaching – Orla Daly, UCD
Library Anywhere – Simon Perry, IT Carlow

It was the first time LIR ran this type of event and after some tweaking we intend to run it again sometime in December.

Wednesday 7 September 2011

Update from the Second TeachMeet

The second TeachMeet met at the Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD) on Tuesday, 6th September.
Anne Culhane very kindly organised and hosted the event which focused on 'Mobile Technologies'. Librarians from LSAD, UL, LIT and St. Patrick's College, Thurles were present.

After refreshments, Anne started off the meeting with an interesting presentation on the library's very successful use of Facebook at LSAD. This led on to a most constructive discussion about the pros and cons of Facebook and other social media for libraries; the responsibilities that social media bring for librarians; changes in how students communicate; marketing the library and library blogs.

It was decided that we will have another Teachmeet before Christmas and Pádraig Kirby (LIT) kindly offered to host it. Topics that will be discussed include copyright, plagiarism and referencing.

Sincere thanks to Anne for such an interesting meeting.

Friday 2 September 2011

Second Teachmeet meeting

The second get-together of Teachmeet will take place in the Limerick School of Art & Design, Clare St., Limerick.  This group looks at the difficulties Library Staff face when delivering Information literacy programmes to students and staff as technologies and  expectations  are changing and  developing rapidly.

The main focus of the meeting will revolve around 'Mobile Technologies'.

If anyone would like to give a talk/demonstration on any aspect of this - can you let Ann Culhane know in advance so that she can organise a schedule and if necessary, have the appropriate technology in place! [Email ann.culhane(at)lit.ie]

The meeting will take place on Tuesday, 6th September. Coffees and teas will be available between 9.30am - 10.00am. It should finish up around 12.30pm.

Thursday 1 September 2011

Becoming Confident Teachers: A Guide for Academic Librarians

Hi All,

Claire McGuinness from UCD has written a book entitled Becoming Confident Teachers: A Guide for Academic Librarians.

I just found out about the book and thought it might be of interest to some of you.


Tuesday 16 August 2011

Connecting the Social Web to ACRL Learning Outcomes

The article below presents an interesting discussion of the potential value of using the social web for IL instruction within the context of constructive alignment. Bobish suggests a variety of learning activities using blogs, flickr, wikis and social bookmarking sites which are direcly aligned with the learning outcomes derived from the ACRL IL standards. Some interesting ideas!

Bobish, G. (2011). Participation and Pedagogy: Connecting the Social Web to ACRL Learning Outcomes. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 37(1), 54-63.

For example, for one of the performance indicators for standard two ("Identifies keywords, synonyms and related terms for the information needed") the following is one of the TLAs suggested:

"Social bookmarking: After students have located a variety of
online resources on their topic, have them organize them in
Delicious by creating their own tags relevant to the project they
are working on. Discuss why they chose these tags rather than
pre-existing ones, or if they prefer the pre-existing ones, why
they prefer them."

I think the way this activity could encourage the individual to reflect on the 'aboutness' of the resource and what it directly means to them (in formulating their own individual tags) as well as where it fits within the broader/external context (pre-existing tags) is interesting, and could link more explicitly into a discussion on the concept of subject headings as well if desired.

Monday 25 July 2011

The Shallows

Thanks for that, Peter, it's very interesting.
I was reading a book over the weekend that I thought might interest some of you as it's relevant to information literacy and students nowadays. The book is:

Carr, Nicholas (2010) The Shallows: How the internet is changing the way we think, read and remember. London: Atlantic Books.

Wednesday 20 July 2011

Value of becoming a committed sardine

I just wanted to bring to your attention a blog from Canada called committed sardine which is about the 21st Century Fluency Project, focusing on the use and integration of technology in High School education. It has some useful tips which can be applied to our own context.

Wednesday 13 July 2011

Information Literacy-related resources

Enclosed are links to a couple of interesting articles related to Information Literacy. They explore the latest Information Literacy developments in US libraries with particular reference to the questions of integrating Library-led IL sessions within the broader University curriculum and the use of modern-day media and visual culture-related resources to better “market” Information Literacy concepts.
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