Social Sciences

Social Sciences Advisory Group – Fall 2012 Meeting Notes

LIS Social Science Advisory Group Meeting, December 11, 2012

Attending:  Bert Johnson (co-convenor), Kemi Fuentes-George, David Stoll, Shel Sax, Joe Antonioli, Richard Jenkins, Carrie Macfarlane, Brenda Ellis (co-convenor/notes)


  • LIS Liaison Program Effectiveness
  • Curricular Technology Support
  • Information Desk Replacement Continue reading

Social Sciences Advisory Group – Notes from May 16, 2011 Mtg.

Attending:  Bert Johnson, Brenda Ellis, Shel Sax

How do we increase attendance?
We began the meeting by discussing how to increase attendance.  Is it an issue of when or an issue of what’s on the agenda?  Every time during the semester is a busy time for faculty. Everyone is maxed out.  Shel suggested using the time period after graduation but before local schools get out.  There’s no response to calls for agenda topics, so its hard to know what might draw people.  Brenda suggested narrowing the group to make communication easier.  International Studies heads of program areas revolve yearly, so it might be better to get someone to volunteer to be representative for all areas for multiple years.  Also, Bert suggested people are more willing to do something if asked by someone they know. Thus it might help if we personally contacted someone from each area at the beginning of the academic year to confirm if they are willing to serve for their department or program.

New Course Management System
Shel announced that Moodle was selected to replace Segue as our new learning management system. All classes will be linked from the Course Hub which will include basic information on each course with the ability to add a syllabus (Word or PDF) and link to other resources such as E-res, a blog, wiki, moodle course site, or a course website in another form such as Google sites. Shel showed Bert what the course hub will look like from the student view and the faculty view.  LIS will be offering workshops on Moodle later in the summer, for those who want the extra features this system will provide.  LIS liaisons will also get training.

Information Literacy
Brenda showed the new Information Literacy website that is being developed She showed where to find the introductory research and technology skills that we want first years to learn during their FYSE’s and other introductory courses. The site provides access to the skills doc and other useful items (articles, handouts, resources for learning the skills, etc).  There is currently a pilot project to start developing discipline-specific skills at the intermediate and advanced level that can be incorporated into department learning goals.

Topics faculty indicated they want to know more about.
The MISO survey sent to the campus indicated there are several issues that faculty want to know more about.  These include copyright, use of digital collections, data backups, and online quizzes/pollsMoodle has an online quiz feature.  Bert mentioned wanting a way to quickly poll students on the fly in class, similar to clickers but without the hardware hassles.  It might be a way to engage students who surf the web on the laptops in class.  Brenda said there are now web-based applications that students can use mobile phones or laptops to respond with.  Shel mentioned that LIS is concerned about the number of faculty who don’t use middfiles to save their work (in some cases because of connection problems) yet don’t have a regular backup strategy.  He suggested using which gives a fair amount of free space that easily sincs files on multiple devices.  Bert likes using a portable hard drive for regular backups.  Faculty can use whatever they prefer, as long as they are using something secure to regularly backup their data.

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Social Sciences Advisory Group – Notes from May 2010 Mtg.

May 19, 2010
Attending:  Brenda Ellis, David Stoll, Bert Johnson, Shel Sax

I. Discuss Information Literacy Standards and Proposals

Brenda introduced the topic and handed out the draft document that outlines Research Skills needed by Middlebury Students prepared by 4 reference librarians, also available online:  Continue reading

Social Science Advisory Group – Notes from Fall 2009 Mtg.

Present: Bob Prasch, Thierry Warin, Anne Knowles, Bert Johnson, David Stoll, Brenda Ellis, Joe Antonioli, Joe Toth, Carrie Macfarlane, Mack Roark, Carol Peddie


  • More Q & A re: new website and options besides Segue (and future planning)
  • How have budget cuts affected LIS services and resources
  • Library print to digital initiative (journals, databases, reference materials, primary sources) Continue reading