We here in Infolit will be enjoying a few days off as well so our regularly scheduled Friday posting is happening a few days early!
I'm thankful to my students as they teach me so much during the year...
Patience (still working on that one but I'll get it!)
Humbleness (still working on that one too)
Every day I spend with them, I am reminded how amazing it is/was to be 18 and in college. How scary and liberating and exciting all at the same time. How I thought I knew so much even, never stopping to question what I knew, why I thought I knew...
College is a time for honing critical thinking and I'm thankful to be a part of that process!
Have a lovely and warm Thanksgiving, readers!
I need you to do me a favor.
Earlier, Sara has drafted a great post for our blog. It was highlighting Jesse Desjardin's admonishment against blaming PowerPoint for one's own crummy presentation. (Hint and a spoiler: It ain't PowerPoint's fault...)
So, in the process, Sara had embedded the video right here in this very blog... only it didn't work in Firefox (although it did work in IE and Chrome). Instead of letting the experts tell me how to fix it, I went ahead and sorta kinda deleted the whole thing.
Only it got retweeted already. Oops.
So, conspiracy buffs, as you go on about your day (and what a day to be a conspiracy buff), please come up with a plausible story of where Sara's post went.... preferably one that does not highlight my technological incompetence.
I'd love to hear them!
Think: How many times have you gone to a conference only to sit through a session thinking, "I could have totally done that" or "We're doing this now in my department"?
Pair: With a partner, discuss what made you not submit a proposal in the first place. Overworked? Missed the deadline? Laziness? Are their certain venues you'd like to submit a proposal to but you think you'll never get in? Why?
Share: Be prepared to share your answers with the whole group.
Look, I'm not thinking of any particular conference that I've attended but this happens to me more often than I'd like. This year though, I'm going to apply even to the "big" conferences...the ones I keep talking myself out of. What are your plans for this cycle of conferences?
"I don't know HOW you do what you do, Rachel. Aren't you bored? You teach the same class 30 times a semester..."
I stopped her right there. Librarians need to be stopped every now and again.
"Colleague," I began (I didn't really call her colleague, she has a real name), "I provide library instruction to 30 First Year Writing classes each semester, and yes, there are duplicates in the bunch. Maybe several sections of one course number, a similar assignment across all the sections.. but in no way are those 30 classes the same. I never teach the same class twice."
I was warming up.
"In fact, within my 30 sessions of First Year Writing, about the ONLY thing they have in common is that they're first year writing students! My students are from all over Michigan, all over the US, all over the world. My students are from high schools that didn't teach any writing and high schools that not only taught writing and inquiry, but did so in more than one language. Their instructors are TAs from other departments, fixed-term and fully tenured faculty, each with their own teaching nuances, each with their own take on the standardized assignments. My students are bored and excited and laconic and chatty..."
She stopped me right there. Librarians need to be stopped every now and again.
"Next session starts in 5 minutes. We better run."
I (Sara) was heartened to read this news today: Radical Change in Library Assessment Called for by Elliott Shore at Northumbria Conference. For information literacy reporting, ARL currently requires two measures: number of sessions taught and number of students taught. (Thank you for entering this information into DeskTracker. :-) In terms of assessment, however, these measurements mean almost nothing if we want to look at quality of teaching and learning, collaboration, or the specific contribution of the library to the related goals of the university. I'm really eager to see what the next developments will be for ARL statistics! We librarians make such fantastic contributions that can't be measured by a simple count - I'm hoping that some new assessment approaches will shine a light on the work that we do in the classroom, on campus, and beyond.
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