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U.S. Archivist Giving NCSU Commencement

So pleased to hear the Archivist of the U.S. will be giving the commencement at NCSU.  

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May 9, 2014 · 2:46 pm

Top Libraries for Academic Libraries to Follow on Pinterest: Part Deux

Great list!

Librarian Enumerations

libraries on pinterest

I wrote the Top 10 Libraries for Academic Libraries to Follow on Pinterest back in 2013, but with so many new boards popping up I thought I’d add to the list (as a side note I noticed just about every library has wither a Downton Abbey or cat-related board!). I used the same criteria:

  • Post quality content for repinning- This includes content that promotes research, innovation, best practices, etc
  • Generate inventive boards
  • Employ creative titles
  • Do not overpost or have too many boards
    • Some libraries have started using Pinterest like a Libguide, pinning all their books on their boards. I’m not a huge fan of this. I think it’s great to pin some new arrivals or staff picks, but when you get too crazy it becomes overkill.

University of Texas Libraries

UT is a great example of properly utilizing boards on Pinterest. They don’t go overboard, the titles are creative and informative, and…

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ALA’s new SustainRT now has its first elected officers!

Thank you SustainRT officers for your service!

Going Green @your library

SustainabilityRoundTable Excited that all the hard work to get the Sustainability Round Table of ALA up and running, finally paid off and we are official now with elected officers:
  • Ashley Jones as our Coordinator
  • Madeleine Charney as Coordinator-Elect
  • Treasurer Betsy Evans
  • Secretary Bonnie Smith
  • Members at Large:  Rebecca Aldrich Smith + Eileen Harrington

JOIN SustainRT!

Find out more on our website, and other ways to stay in the loop (thanks to our webmaster Carrie Moran:)

The ALA Sustainability Round Table (SustainRT) is the newest professional forum within the American Library Association. The motion to create a sustainability round table was passed unanimously by ALA Council at Midwinter 2013 in Seattle.

SustainRT was created as a venue in which members exchange ideas and opportunities regarding sustainability in order to move toward a more equitable, healthy and economically viable society. The mission of the organization is to provide resources for the library…

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Finding Your Teacher Identity

I appreciate this perspective of librarians as teachers. Teaching and instruction, formal and informal, is certainly a huge component of professional librarianship. I find this a helpful approach to the formation of the librarian identity and whether we realize and articulate it or not, yes, I agree, librarians are all teachers.

Designer Librarian

Public. Academic. School. Special. All librarians are teachers.

Do you think of yourself as a teacher or a librarian? Or do you see yourself as a librarian who also teaches? What do your non-librarian colleagues think? How do they perceive your role as a teacher vs. your role as a librarian?

Self-identifying as a teacher is an important part of taking on the teaching role.The concept of teacher identity is derived from work by Lave and Wenger on identity in learning. They have suggested that identity in learning comes from gaining new knowledge and skills, as well as participation within a community of practice. In this sense, learning to become a teacher (and self-identifying as a teacher) comes not only from learning how to teach – whether formally or informally – but also how you practice that teaching within an organization, and how others perceive you as a teacher.

For librarians, teacher identity can be…

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Webby Award nominations: Vote for TED, and find hundreds more sites to explore

Oooh so tough, Kid President vs. TED…who to vote for??

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The 2014 Webby Award nominations were announced this week, and one particular nomination stood out. Because once again, in the Online Film & Video: Variety category, TED is pitted against Kid President. And once again, we’re so conflicted.

If you are too, vote for TED where you can; we’ll understand. Here are all of TED’s nominations in the People’s Voice ballot. Sign in to vote in support of TED.com, TED-Ed or one of the other amazing nominees:

TED.com is nominated in Social: Education & Discovery and in Online Film & Video: Events & Live Webcasts, as well as the hotly contested Online Film & Video: Variety.

Our app is nominated in Mobile & Apps: Education & Reference, and the  iTunes audio podcast series is nominated in Mobile & Apps: Podcasts.

Meanwhile, TED-Ed is up for the Web: Education category.

Voting is open until April…

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My Day of DH

Participating in Day of DH from my desk at  the National Humanities Center.  Lot of great work and discussion happening here.

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April 8, 2014 · 3:26 pm