Instruction Instruction Part 1: Why Library Teaching Training Matters

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Author’s note: This is part one of a two-part series on the state of library instruction training in LIS programs. In part one, we will discuss why such training matters. Part two will discuss how library students can create or supplement opportunities to become better library instructors.

What was it that made you decide you wanted to be a librarian? Do you get so jazzed by historical artifacts that you want to shout it from the rooftops? Do you want to spend the rest of your life instilling a love of reading in children? Were you inspired by a particularly helpful librarian angel who taught you to do research in college? Whatever your reason, it probably relates in some way to helping others learn. Whether we’re acting as teachers or just making it easier for others to teach themselves, librarians have pretty strong connecting ties to education. But as those of us in…

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How to spend 30 effective minutes on social media

A librarian abroad

I came across a great blog post by Kevan Lee on Buffer that outlines all the kinds of activities you could be doing on social media, and provides different types of plan for how to use 30 minutes, on social media. (There’s quite a bit of good advice over on Buffer, if you’ve got time to read around.)

This particular post helped me to reflect on my social media mini-strategy that I wrote about in May last year, along with the work I’m now doing for Piirus, managing their blog. I recognised that what I do personally with social media, is rather different to what I do for Piirus. The kinds of activities that I focus on for myself, from the list in the Buffer blog post are: Curating, Crafting and Experimenting. I keep wishing that I was more social but I can’t do everything! I focus on my online profile…

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Building a 21st Century Library

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10 research tips for finding answers that elude you

Great tips!

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Before Danielle Thomson was our TED Prize researcher, she wrote trivia for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and spent years finding difficult-to-source info for The Late Show with David Letterman. And she has quickly established herself as our staff secret weapon. When one of us can’t get our hands on a piece of information that we need, we turn to Danielle and — voila! — there it is.

We asked Danielle to share some of her best research tips to help you in those “why can’t I find this?” moments. Here’s what she had to say:

  1. There are no new questions. Have a research question? Trust me, it’s been asked before. Put your exact question into quotations as a search term, and you will find, at the very least, a lead to your answer. Want to find out how much of the ocean has been explored? Type…

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Back to School: Career Development

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librarySummer’s over and it’s back to school. For those who got a head start on their career development over the summer, great. For those who didn’t, no worries. Here are some ideas to get you started on your career development this Fall:

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Pew Research Internet Project [Quiz] » Library User Quiz

Take the quiz!

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What kind of library user are you? Are you a “Library Lover”? An “Information Omnivore”? Or are you totally “Off the Grid”? Take our library engagement quiz to learn how your library habits and attitudes stack up against the general population.

TAKE THE QUIZ » Pew Internet Library User Quiz.

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Review: The New Professional’s Toolkit

Handy dandy!

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Editor’s Note: This is the first installment in our new Hack Library School review series, which will feature reviews from library school students on books, technology, and multimedia. We welcome review suggestions and we are in the process of developing formal submission guidelines for reviews from those outside the HLS community . For more information on how to get started writing book reviews, please consult the recent guide from HLS writer Anna-Sophia Zingarelli-Sweet.

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