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POSTPONED: Liaison Discussion: How to Reach the Uninterested Student

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Topic: How to Reach the Uninterested Student. Led by Yonna McShane, Director of Learning Resources, CTLR.
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, December 14, 10-11 am. Location LIB 201 (Watson Lecture Hall)

Description: Yonna frequently coaches students and faculty on how to improve their presentation skills. She’ll gear this session toward liaisons who lead LIS workshops. How can we “hook” students at the beginning of a workshop so that they stick with us for the whole class period? She will provide tips on handling question and answer sections of the presentation. Yonna also will give tips on professional conference presentations, including visual aids.
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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: The Portal

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Topic: The Portal. Led by Matt LaFrance.
Who’s Invited: All liaisons and anyone who might be interested
When and where: Thursday, November 29, 10:30-11:30 am. LIB 105.

Description: This is an opportunity to reflect on the Portal (http://go.middlebury.edu/portal) and review its place amongst our services. Matt LaFrance, the maintainer of the project, will present on its development, features, and intended purpose. Afterward there will be time for questions and discussion.

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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: Increasing student participation in our workshops

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Topic: Increasing student participation in our workshops. Led by Richard Jenkins, Joy Pile, Wendy Shook, and Carrie Macfarlane.
Who’s Invited: All liaisons and anyone who might be interested
When and where: Monday, October 29, 9:30-10:30 am. LIB 145.

Description: We’ve all been trying new techniques to make our classes more interactive. Richard, Joy, Wendy and Carrie will share some of 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. Why? Here are at least 10 reasons, and when we meet, I’m sure we’ll come up with more. Bring a laptop if you’d like to try out one of our polls.

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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: Zotero

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Topic: Led by Daisy Benson, Reference and Instruction Librarian and Library Assistant Professor, UVM
Who’s Invited: All liaisons and anyone else who is interested
When: Tuesday, July 17, from 11:15-12:30
Where: LIB 105, Davis Family Library

We’ve been receiving more requests for help with alternative bibliographic management software. UVM has been supporting Zotero for a few years now, so I’ve invited librarian Daisy Benson to visit for a Zotero demo and discussion. We can talk about other tools too (Noodlebib and Easybib have been mentioned in recent years), and consider investigating them later.

Sorry to spill over into the lunch hour. The room is being used until 11, and since Daisy is coming all the way from Burlington I thought we should block off more than just 60 minutes. You may leave whenever you need to!

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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 Section: Video Tutorials for Library Instruction

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Topic: Video Tutorials for Library Instruction, presented by Larraby Fellows of CCV
Who’s Invited: All liaisons and anyone else who is interested
When: Friday, January 13, from 2:30-4 pm
Where: Davis Family Library 105

Larraby Fellows, Public Services Librarian at the Community College of Vermont, will tell us how she creates video tutorials for library instruction. Larraby’s presentation will help us kick off our second round of information literacy tutorial planning and creation. Larraby has a nice collection of tutorials on the CCV site. A few of my personal favorites: Go Local? VT Issues & Events as Paper Topics, How Do I Get Help? and Search Words.

Topics will include:

  • Setting goals based on the purpose of the tutorial (eg, on-the-fly instruction, explanation of research concepts, advertisement)
  • Creating consistency and “branding” across tutorials: Setting protocols, where to find copyright-free image collections, how to decide which images to use
  • Moving from step-by-step tutorials toward concept tutorials
  • Time requirements, workflow recommendations, keeping material up-to-date
  • Results/statistics
  • Tech tips: Larraby will tell us why she uses Adobe Captivate (we don’t have Captivate here at Midd)

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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.

Two New Civil War Collections Won for Special Collections

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Erastus Hibbard Phelps Collection

The winning bid on the Archive of Civil War paymaster Erastus Hibbard Phelps, Middlebury Class of 1861, was made at auction by Andy Wentink, Curator of Special Collections & Archives. The archive was one among nearly 350 lots of American History, including Civil War, materials offered by Cowan’s Auctions in Cincinnati, OH, last Friday morning, December 2. The Phelps Archive comprises 334 letters, 4 diaries (3 from Civil War years), 2 bound volumes including a photo album containing portraits of graduates of the Middlebury Class of 1861, many of which are inscribed to Phelps. The archive also includes two photos of Phelps previous to his years at Middlebury, his paymaster sidearm (a Colt 1851 Navy 36 caliber pistol), what is believed to be his sheepskin winter jacket worn on duty, and a leather documents trunk carried during his service.

Andy also made the winning bid on another Civil War archive, 54 Letters of 2nd Lieut. Ephraim L. Hackett, Wisconsin 1st Light Artillery. Born in Maine in 1837, Ephraim L. Hackett was living in Baraboo, Wisconsin, in August 1861, when he enlisted as a Sergeant in the 1st Independent Battery, Wisconsin Light Artillery. Small in number and mobile, the Battery recruited barely over 100 men before being sent into the field in Kentucky that Fall, then went on to fight up and down the Mississippi Valley until the end of the war.

These two important Civil War collections significantly enhance Middlebury’s already impressive Civil War era archival holdings including the Aldace Walker (Middlebury Class of 1862) Letters, the Calvin Parker Letters, the Civil War Archive of Professor Kit Wilson, and nearly 100 Civil War era letters from individual writers.

The purchase of the Phelps and Hackett archives was made possible through the generous partial funding from the Friends of the Davis Family Library, the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the Julian W. Abernethy Fund, and the Davis Family Library.

Liaison Discussion Section: “Let the Technology Do the Work: Sharing the Same News to Different Audiences”

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Topic: “Let the Technology Do the Work: Sharing the Same News to Different Audiences,” presented by Jess Isler, Carrie Macfarlane and Joy Pile  (This will be a repeat performance of their presentation at the October Conference at the Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries. The theme of the conference was, “If You’ve Got It, Flaunt it! Promoting Our Resources and Services.”)
Who’s Invited: All Liaisons, Web Development Workgroup members, LIS Web Team, Senior Leadership Team, and anyone who is interested
When:  Wednesday, November 30 from 2-3 pm
Where: Davis Family Library 105

We have Facebook, Twitter, blogs, a web site, and email distribution lists–there are more communication forums on our campus than we should mention here. We also have a constant stream of news and tips to share. What don’t we have? Like most other libraries, our staffing is finite. To save time and effort, we use technology to help us promote our resources across different platforms and to different audiences.

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“Liaison Discussion Section” meetings address topics of interest to liaisons: research and/or technology. 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.