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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.

Stressed out?

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Notes from “Stress, Your Brain, & Productivity,” a go/learning workshop led by Porter Knight, Productivity Vermont, October 10, 2012.

The main point of the workshop was that understanding how your brain responds to stress can allow you to improve your health and increase your productivity. Apparently, LIS is sometimes not the most tranquil place to work. LISers comprised a good portion of the audience!  Here’s what we learned.

When bad things (surprise deadlines, dissatisfied customers, arguments with colleagues…) occur, here’s what happens:

  • blood leaves prefrontal cortex, and decision-making skills falter
  • brain applies a filter that encourages you to see everything in a negative light; focus of attention narrows, prevents you from “zooming out” and seeing alternatives
  • you become preoccupied and may “check out” causing you to miss important details and info
  • blood flows to the memory/emotion part of your brain, causing you to make accidental connections that are not helpful
  • compromised health due to elevated levels of adrenalin & cortisol
  • brain is chemically dumbed down, forgetfulness for example

One solution: Organization. Create a safety net so that when bad things happen, you have tools in place that help you recover.

What about that bloodflow issue? Acknowledge, then choose to act. This actually reverses the bloodflow! Say, “I’m experiencing stress. Now I choose to…Take a deep breath, use a calm voice, shake it off, spend only 10 more minutes…”  It may help to plan ahead and “write a script” of such responses to have at-the-ready.

The brain uses a lot of energy — “each decision gets harder” because you’ve used up juice.  Here’s how you can fight “brain drain”:

  • Feed it! Eat breakfast, lunch
  • Exercise helps the brain too. It feeds oxygen into the bloodstream, and oxygen carries away the brain’s “trash” (free radicals)
  • Be aware of how your brain functions — save heavy-thinking tasks for times when you’re well-nourished and well-exercised.
  • Schedule times for your intentions & recharging so they will actually happen!
  • Protect yourself by communicating your plan to others.
  • Don’t forget to evaluate your actions for effectiveness.

Solution Summary:

  • Get organized
  • Be mindful — choose/decide.
  • Schedule & protect your intentions.
  • Connect!  Smile.  Put on your friend filter so others are more likely to view you as approachable.

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LIS Workshops – August

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Don’t miss out!  There is still time to fit in some learning before fall semester leaps out from behind the nearest patch of sunflowers…  Visit go/lisworkshops to view our schedule and get signed up for topics of interest. You’ll find Drupal sessions to help you get your departmental web site up to snuff before the next batch of students arrives on campus.  You’ll also find another opportunity to find out about lynda.com and how you can start using it to improve your skills.

Workshop Offering: Planning and Executing Your Goals

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Planning and Executing your Goals

Once you have your SMART Goals written, then what? It’s time to break it down into steps, identify some milestones, and determine how you will get the work done. This workshop is appropriate for anyone who needs to plan and implement goals.

This session will provide some straight forward strategies using the “Critical Path Method” to determine:

  • What tasks must be carried out
  • The sequence of activities, scheduling and timings involved
  • Task priorities
  • Where parallel activity can be performed
  • The shortest time in which you can complete a goal
  • Resources needed to execute a goal
  • The most efficient way of shortening time on urgent goals

Click to register -> Wednesday, July 11, 2-3:30 p.m.

Workshop Offering: Roles and Responsibilities of Managers

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go/learning Workshop July 11

“Roles and Responsibilities of Managers” 

An Overview of Manager Training Session 1

July 11, 9-10:30 a.m.

Location : TBD (an e-mail will be sent to registrants once the location is determined)

Hear about what managers learned in training on day one. You will learn a common language and perspective on the role of a manager at Middlebury College and what contributes to an effective organization.

Topics include:

  • Program overview of the five sessions
  • The elements of an effective organization
  • The role of a professional a manager
  • Build organizational and interpersonal trust and competence through effective communication and decision making

Click to Register -> Wednesday, July 11, 9-10:30 a.m.

or call HR at ext. 5465 and leave a message with your name and contact information

Visit the go/learning Web page for more information: go/learning

Liaison Discussion Section: Migrating from Segue

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Topic: Migrating from Segue: Common questions and how to answer them. Presented by Barbara Merz and Bryan Carson.
Who’s Invited: All liaisons and anyone else who is interested
When: Wednesday, March 21, from 9:30-11 am
Where: Wilson Media Lab, Davis Family Library

This will be a demo plus Q&A about what often happens (ie, what fixes are needed) when a site is transferred from Segue to WordPress or Moodle. It will be geared toward LIS staff who support these platforms.  Barbara will lead the WordPress portion of the workshop, and Bryan will lead the Moodle portion. Please send them any questions in advance (merz@middlebury.edu and bcarson@middlebury.edu).

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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.