I hate debates about what makes someone a librarian. Is it a Master's degree? Your title? Your rank? Admin, classified, or faculty? Whether you sit at a desk, have an office, or work behind a counter? Work with the public or behind the scenes? I have a lot of thoughts about identity, and I guess… Continue reading Am I still a librarian?
What is it like to go to college while taking care of a family? I have the privilege of saying I don't know. What I do know is that I love working with community college students, in part because they are always juggling multiple responsibilities: taking care of family, working to pay the bills, going… Continue reading To be a student parent at a community college in Washington State.
A slide deck from EDUCAUSE made the rounds on Twitter last week, with many folks expressing shock about libraries & their involvement (complicity) in learning analytics efforts on higher education campuses. But this isn't new. Academic librarians have been talking about using library data to prove library value for quite a while. Over the past… Continue reading Libraries & learning analytics: A brief history.
Did you know the ACRL Oregon/Washington joint conference has been held annually since 1981? A little history lesson from University of Puget Sound Science Liaison Librarian Eli Gandour-Rood, ACRL Washington chapter President: I am happy to share that some digging into our respective chapter archives revealed that the Oregon ACRL chapter, started in 1975, held… Continue reading ACRLPNW 2017
This post corresponds with my presentation at the Canadian Library Assessment Workshop on Friday, October 27, 2017 in Victoria, British Columbia. Slides: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Stx0qmaKZRM4SIGqoH9N3dqUMzNMCmHzJfuX8YYhr7M/edit?usp=sharing Scenario - Leave No Trace You are the Assessment Librarian at a large university with a team of a dozen instruction librarians. Everyone is excited to embark on a new peer… Continue reading Observe, Reflect, Learn: Developing a Peer Teaching Observation Program in Your Library
Somehow I had been blissfully unaware of Respondus Lockdown Browser until last week, when several students came to the library asking if we had this software available on our computers. If you’re not familiar with this product, Respondus is one of several LMS-integrated cheating-prevention tools. In simple terms, it shuts down a student’s Internet browser… Continue reading Have we confused surveillance with assessment of student learning?
Here’s an exercise. Try to imagine a library that does not care about its users. What would it look like? Let’s say that it’s an academic library on a large, urban campus, that serves tens of thousands of students. What kind of library would it be if it didn’t care about those students? It might… Continue reading What would it look like?
I started a mutual admiration society with Kevin Seeber on or about July 2014, when we were both at Library Instruction West in Portland, Oregon. At that time, I was a tenure-track librarian at Pierce College in Puyallup, Washington and he was a librarian at Colorado State University - Pueblo. He came to my lightning… Continue reading Time to go.
I am 31 years old today, and here's what I want for my birthday: I want a frozen Negroni. Okay, maybe I want a couple of them. I want to drink them with my favorite librarians. I want to not have to worry about your healthcare, or mine, or the idea that the only people… Continue reading What I want for my birthday.
Teaching is terrifying. It's also exhilarating, fascinating, challenging, and deeply rewarding. Making the transition from being a student to being a teacher is a complex process, as evidenced by the questions raised by librarian Nicole Gustavsen on Twitter last week. I asked Nicole if she would be interested in having a longer conversation about… Continue reading Teacher identities, empathy, and the beginner’s mind: A conversation with Nicole Gustavsen.