The Framework: Love It or Hate It?

I forgot to reblog this post I wrote for the CJCLS blog in February. We had a lively conversation about the Framework on the listserv.

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Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education: Love It or Hate It?

What’s it like to live in a post-Standards world? Do you love or hate the new Framework  (sorry, we’re capitalizing on Valentine’s Day)?

In January, the CJCLS listserv had a lively conversation regarding the “Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education” and the rescinding of the “Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.”

Troy Swanson, Teaching and Learning Librarian at Moraine Valley Community College, shared his article “Sharing the ACRL Framework with Faculty: Opening Campus Conversations.” In the article, Swanson outlines a professional development course for faculty that he designed with librarian Tish Hayes. The course was focused on introducing faculty to the Framework. Faculty who participated made a variety of connections to the Framework from their own disciplines. The experience also allowed for discussion about how the general education information literacy outcome might be approached at Moraine.

Heather Craven, Learning Resource Center director…

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Woman up!

The Haggerty Library at Mount Mary University was very kind to share my post on their blog! It also reminds me that I need to get back to work on this project. My first spring semester at the UC Merced Library has been much busier than I anticipated, which is very nice on one hand.

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Archiving the Women's Marches

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Happy International Women’s Day! We hope you’re celebrating while on break.

As women’s marches continue this March, leave it to librarians and archivists to start organizing all the content being produced.

Click here to see the beginnings of the Women’s March on Washington Archives Project, which focuses on the historic January march.

Click here to find the Project’s Facebook group and here for their Twitter account.

And here’s one librarian’s handy roundup of interesting articles related to posters from marchers, plus photographs. May we never tire of sharing and marching (unless, you know, we need to, say, on or before January 2020)!

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Presidential Reads

I wrote this for the CJCLS Blog. Earlier this week, I wrote about how to promote reading on the CJCLS Blog after we came across some incorrect reading stats that have been widely circulated on social media. Yesterday, a list of all the books President Obama has recommended during his presidency was released. What a great way to promote reading…and a great way to round out that earlier post.

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Presidential ReadsEarlier this week on the CJCLS Blog, we shared some statistics related to reading habits of Americans and asked how you promote reading in your community and junior colleges. President Obama’s summer reading lists and song playlists have been popular over the years. These lists might make for an interesting book display or content to share on library social media pages.

Check out this list of all the books the President has recommended while in office, “Every book Barack Obama has recommended during his presidency.” A few days ago, The New York Times published “Obama’s Secret to Surviving the White House Years: Books,” which offers a look into the impact reading has made on the President’s life. You may also be interested in reading “President Obama’s Reading List.”

Powell’s Books has put together a “Presidential Reading List” for President Obama and…

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Search Trends: 2016 Edition

There was interest related to some posts about search trends on the CJCLS Facebook page, so I put them in a post for the CJCLS Blog.

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Search Trends: 2016 EditionIn case you missed our latest string of Facebook posts, we wanted to highlight four resources related to search trends in 2016.

Feel free to add to this list in the comments.

Update: The title of one of the articles has been edited but appears incorrect in email subscriptions until the blog post is opened directly in WordPress (January 19, 2017).

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Promoting Reading

I wrote this for the CJCLS Blog in reference to a photo that was posted to the CJCLS Facebook page a couple of weeks ago.

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Promoting Reading

A couple of weeks ago, we shared this photo that was originally posted on the Vintage Books & Anchor Books Facebook page. It generated interest and shock. We also thought it might not be accurate, and we found a 2014 revision. Read this to get the inner scoop. It isn’t as “juicy” as the first version, is it? (Let this also be a lesson in verifying information and not spreading misinformation. More on that later this week…)

Here are two share-worthy resources from Pew and Gallup that paint a different picture on the state of reading.

In 2014, the Pew Research Center released “Younger Americans and Public Libraries.” In the report, 88 percent of Americans younger than 30 said they read a book in the past year compared with 79 percent of those older than 30. You can read the short version from The Atlantic’s overview, “Millennials…

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2016 Best Books (& Blogs, Articles, Podcasts, etc.) Lists

I wrote this for the CJCLS Blog. I hope we get others to contribute to our growing lists. I also need to reach out to the folks I mentioned in this piece. Kate Ganski liked it! ❤

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2016 Best Books (& Blogs, Articles, Podcasts, etc.) Lists

It’s hard to believe the end of the semester is here. Soon, we’ll be seeing more and more “best books of 2016” lists—Times Critics’ Top Books of 2016, NPR’s Book Concierge: Our Guide to 2016’s Great Reads, NPR’s The 10 Best Books of 2016 Faced Tough Topics Head On, Book Riot’s Best Books of 2016, Goodreads Choice Awards 2016, Flavorwire’s 15 Best Books of 2016, Jezebel’s The Best Things We Read in 2016 That You Still Can Too, Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best Books 2016, and World Literature Today’s 75 Notable Translations of 2016 to name a few.

What about you? Are there books or articles you read—or podcasts you listened to or videos you watched—this year that were useful to you in your work as a librarian?

I’m having a hard time thinking about last spring semester, but…

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I wrote this for the CJCLS Blog at the end of November. I didn’t want to support any one organization, though I desperately wanted to write about EveryLibrary.

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I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday is upon us!

Does your community college do a fundraising campaign for scholarships? Does your library participate in some way?

I’m now at a university, and I’ve been looking over the scholarships the university is highlighting for this year’s giving event. I know many of us make monthly deductions from our paychecks to our community college communities. Some may give in other ways, too. At the community college I was at previously, the faculty, which includes librarians and counselors, would raise money to purchase Thanksgiving turkey dinners for students in need. In our local communities, many of us are probably involved in our local public libraries in some way, which often includes holding office or membership in the local library’s Friends group.

One thing that I hadn’t realized about Giving Tuesday is that it is…

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Featured Member: Lindsay Davis

I was featured on the A Day in the Life of a CLS Member blog on the 9th. I wasn’t in the mindset to share earlier. If you or someone you know is a CLS member, consider nominating yourself or your friend. It’s a fun way to get to know other members.

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davis_lindsayLindsay Davis is Instruction Librarian at University of California, Merced, Merced, CA. She has been a member of CLS for 2 years and also is part of the Communications and Membership Committee of CLS!

What are you reading or listening to today?
I just finished the first Freakonomics book, so now I can start the second one.

What’s the best part of your work day?
The best part of my day is when I see that students are able to dig into searching databases after learning about strategies. It’s great to see them really understand the importance of keywords and utilizing the tools to get the most out of their searches.

What are you most excited about right now (library-related or otherwise)?
I’m still excited about the Silent Reading Party I recently hosted at my home. I had fallen out of the book-reading habit, and this helped me finish my 10th…

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Instruction for Diverse Populations Bibliography

Although I am no longer at a community college, I am finishing my term as a member of the Community and Junior College Libraries Section’s (CJCLS) Communications committee. This is a post I wrote for the CJCLS blog earlier this week. I also wrote a follow-up post that I published this morning. I will be working on another post for the CJCLS Blog during the week of Halloween. I also post these to the CJCLS listserv and the CJCLS Facebook page.

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Now that it’s mid-October, many of us are in the thick of teaching research skills in the classroom and at our virtual and physical reference desks. How do you help create an inclusive learning environment? How do you learn about reaching diverse populations in your instruction?

In August of this year, several of us from the Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Instruction Section committee on Instruction for Diverse Populations (ISDivPops) presented a poster at the National Diversity in Libraries Conference (NDLC) at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), “Reading About Diversity: Developing and Reflecting on Inclusive Instructional Resources.” The poster outlined the work we did in the 2015/2016 academic year, which consisted of updating the Instruction for Diverse Populations bibliography.

Instruction for Diverse Populations Bibliography Poster

The ISDivPops committee’s charge is “[t]o support instruction librarians in providing instructional services to diverse populations. The committee reviews, researches new content, updates, and promotes…

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