Posts by Carrie Macfarlane

 
 
 

Liaison Discussion: Interactive Workshop Activities

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Topic: Interactive Workshop Activities. Led by Joe Antonioli, Brenda Ellis, Stacy Reardon and Carrie Macfarlane.
Who’s Invited: All liaisons and anyone who might be interested
Who’s “Required”: Primary liaisons, please try to attend if you can. Sorry in advance for any conflicts.
When and where: Friday, December 13, 10-11 am. LIB145.

Description:
We continue to experiment with techniques that make our workshops more interactive. Joe, Brenda, Stacy and Carrie will share their recent attempts, then turn the floor over to the group for discussion. Come ready to tell others about your own ideas, whether you’ve tested them in the classroom or not. Bring a laptop if you want to experiment with concept mapping. This is part 2 of our discussion from last October (October 2012: Increasing student participation in workshops).

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“Liaison Discussion Section” meetings address research and/or technology topics of interest to liaisons. They can be conversations, or presentations, or both. They take place most often on the 3rd week of the month, but in order to allow people who work different hours to attend, they’re sometimes scheduled for different days/times.

Liaison Discussion: Data Management

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Topic: Data Management. Led by Wendy Shook.
Who’s Invited: All liaisons and anyone who might be interested
Who’s “Required”: Primary liaisons, please try to attend if you can. Sorry in advance for any conflicts.
Where and when: Friday, October 25, 10-11 am. LIB145.

Description: Wendy will bring us up to date on the status of science data management, data management planning, and a pilot data repository in the making.

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“Liaison Discussion Section” meetings address research and/or technology topics of interest to liaisons. They can be conversations, or presentations, or both. They take place most often on the 3rd week of the month, but in order to allow people who work different hours to attend, they’re sometimes scheduled for different days/times.

Fall Family Weekend at the Library

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Fall Family Weekend is coming up. There are 3 events at the Davis Family Library on Friday. Full schedule is here: Fall Family Weekend 2013.

Friday, October 11

1:00–3:00 p.m.—Highlights from Library Special Collections and Archives
View an exhibit of Civil War letters written from September 1862 to June 1865 by Orlando French, a member of the 7th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, to his wife Lydia. Also on exhibit is Picturing Middlebury: Images from the College Archives. Conclude your visit in the Special Collections reading room to view a varied selection of rare books and unique manuscripts selected for Fall Family Weekend by our curators.
Davis Family Library, Special Collections & Archives Reading Room

3:00 p.m.— Data Analysis, Experimental Economics, and the Liberal Arts
Come see Middlebury’s brand new data-analysis computer lab and learn how faculty are using this new facility to engage students in hands-on research and the development of data-analysis skills. You can participate in an actual experiment led by Assistant Professor of Economics Andrea Robbett. The experiment is designed to highlight a relatively new area of study in economics—how people actually behave given economic incentives. Rather than just learning about economic models of behavior (e.g., consumption, investment, production), this demonstration will illustrate how researchers can test such models using the experimental lab.
Davis Family Library, Room 140

3:00–6:00 p.m.— Marathon Reading of Homer’s “Iliad”
Beginning Friday afternoon Oct. 11, at 3 p.m., the Middlebury College Classics Department will sponsor a marathon reading of Homer’s “Iliad”, in English using the Lattimore translation.  The “Iliad” is an epic Greek poem that recounts the siege of Troy and includes memorable allusions to ancient art, heroics of war and enduring literary images.  The reading, by both students and faculty, will continue through Oct. 13, beginning at 9 a.m. each morning on Saturday and Sunday until dusk each evening.  The reading will be held on the steps of the Middlebury College Library and is open and free to the public.
Davis Family Library, Library steps

Students: Start the year off right

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Flickr photo by weesen

Flickr photo by weesen

We’ve all had moments where we’ve thought, “Next time, I’ll do it the other way!”

Whether you’re a new student or you’re returning, learn these 4 things now and you’ll start the year off right.

 


4 Things to Start the Year off Right

  1. Get your laptop connected to the fastest wireless. Midd-secure or Midd-Standard
  2. Store your documents where they won’t be lost if your laptop crashes. Middfiles
    These tech tips and more at Top Things Students Should Know about Technology at Midd
  3. Use the scholarly sources your professors want to see in your bibliographies. Start your research at the library home page. go/lib
  4. Speaking of bibliographies, learn how to cite your sources! It doesn’t have to be difficult. go/citations
    These research tips and more at Ask Us

If you have questions at any point, you can find answers at the LIS Help & Support page.

Liaison Discussion: Curricular technology update

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Topic: Curricular technology update. Led by Joe Antonioli.
Who’s Invited: All liaisons and anyone who might be interested!
Who’s “Required”: Primary liaisons, please try to attend if you can. Sorry in advance for any conflicts.
Where and when: Wednesday, September 18, 10-11 am. Wilson Media Lab.

Description:
The spring workshop was so useful that we asked Joe for a fall workshop! Joe will provide updates on curricular technology including a demo of the SansSpace online language lab.

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“Liaison Discussion Section” meetings address research and/or technology topics of interest to liaisons. They can be conversations, or presentations, or both. They take place most often on the 3rd week of the month, but in order to allow people who work different hours to attend, they’re sometimes scheduled for different days/times.

26th Annual Writing and Teaching Retreat

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Last week, LIS liaison librarians Brenda, Stacy and Carrie attended a 2-day writing and teaching retreat for faculty, organized by the CTLR and held at the Mountain Top Inn in Chittenden. Along with Shawna Shapiro from the Writing Program and Adela Langrock from the Office of Planning and Assessment, we led a session called “Undergraduates as Researchers,” in which we reviewed the results of our 2012 assessment of student research and technology skills and discussed best practices for helping students develop strong research skills.

We  also attended workshops on syllabus design, developing and grading writing assignments, peer feedback, and foreign language pedagogy. We each were able to spend a few hours sharing assignment ideas and suggestions in small-group syllabus workshops, and we had plenty of time to talk with faculty and colleagues individually too.

Here are just a few take-aways from the event:

  • Some faculty expressed interest in community-based, collaborative research projects. It will be interesting to look for models (a few come to mind already!) and elaborate on technology options for these faculty.
  • If piloting a new initiative, program, or pedagogical technique seems daunting, try starting with a “lite” version. If that’s successful, you can scale up the next time around.
  • When assigning small group work during class time, ask each group to report out at the end. This could be an effective way for students to share their research success stories and challenges.
  • Writing is communication. When you write, take the time to imagine, understand, and speak to your target audience; ask students to do the same.
  • Peer feedback on writing is most useful when it asks questions about sections of a text, or raises big issues such as clarity and purpose. Line-by-line editing (in effect, telling the writer, “this is exactly how I would say it”) is less effective because the writer implements the directed changes without needing to re-envision the paper from the reader’s viewpoint.
  • Be intentional and design backwards.  Think of what you want students to be able to do and then provide the steps or “scaffolding” to develop the skill by sequencing assignments and instruction to achieve the goal.  This applies to research as well as writing skills.

Divisional Faculty Advisory Groups – Spring 2013

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Divisional Faculty Advisory Groups meet once or twice per year to discuss library and technology issues and interests. Three groups met in the spring semester. Notes on their discussions are available on the LIS Advisors blog [shortcut: go/lisadvisors]. Here are the links:

Social Sciences
A few highlights: In response to the question, “Are there any specific instances where you were surprised by an LIS decision?” faculty talked about the e-textbook pilot and the Moodle launch. Lynda.com tutorials are useful! There is interest in LIS support for storing and streaming media, and for screencasting.

Sciences
A few highlights: Faculty are preparing for the analog sunset, and they ask that for classrooms being upgraded and losing VCRs, we notify the faculty who are using those classrooms. Lynda.com tutorials are useful! There is interest in LIS support for storing and streaming media.

Arts and Humanities
A few highlights: Faculty noted that they use their liaisons for their own research needs as well as direct students to them, though they do think faculty can direct students more often to liaisons, and liaisons can do more to remind/encourage faculty about this. There is interest in LIS support for storing and streaming media.