June 4-5Revel Hotel and Casino2013 NJLAConferenceAmanda, Bonnie and Katie’s Takeaways
“15 Biggest Wikipedia Blunders.” Could be a good resource toshow students that you can‟t always trust Wikipedia. This program covered a lot of what we do already at Berkeley: Participate in New Student Orientation so that students see yourpresence on campus. Work with professors to teach information literacy in classes. A big topic was helping students transition from Dewey DecimalSystem to LOC, but we don‟t have this problem.Giving College-Bound Students aHead Start: Things You Need toKnow about Any College orUniversity
• Katie: I wasn‟t overly impressed. She said she has a deep connectionto libraries because her mom was a librarian. Other than that, her talkwas a long commercial for her books. I don‟t feel that she offered anyinsight or advice that provoked.• Bonnie: I found it interesting that she met her husband when theywere both reporters at the Baltimore Sun. Lippman‟s Tess Monaghanbooks all take place in Baltimore as does her husband‟s HBO TVseries “The Wire.” During her talk, she mentioned her favorite book asa child was Majorie Morningstar and that her mother was a librarian—ME TOO!• Amanda: For a best-selling author, I wasn‟t that impressed with hertalk!Tuesday‟s Keynote: LauraLippman
Award-winning Author Jonathan Maberry gave a very intriguing talk aboutApocalyptic literature and why teens are drawn to it.• 4 sub-genres: Pre-Apocalyptic, Apocalyptic, Post-Apocalyptic,Dystopian.• Teens are drawn to Zombie Apocalypse novels, The Hunger Games,etc., not because they want to see how many people will die gorydeaths, but because they want to see how many people they can save.They see themselves as the heroes, underdogs who may not be leadersin normal society, but whose leadership skills take over in times of crisis.• Maberry‟s novels include the four-part Rot and Ruin Series.Teens at the End ofTime
Katie and Bonnie’sPoster SessionKatie: It was great to be able tointeract with librarians from otherlibraries around the state.Everyone seemed really interestedin the technology tools (and notnecessarily the programmingaspect).I even learned about tools I didn‟tknow about from people who Italked to!
Katie and Bonnie’sPoster SessionBonnie: Many librarians wereinterested and impressed about thelayout of the poster itself!(Thank you )The poster itself was a draw whichbrought lots of traffic to our tablewhich created the opportunity todiscuss the content !
Reaching Online Learners: Tools toMeet Their NeedsPresenter: Alyssa Valenti, Raritan Valley CCModerator: Bonnie Lafazan, Berkeley College Practical Tools for Reaching Students: Screenshots,Screencasting and ScreenSharing What I liked about the presentation was the presenteractually went through each tool and demonstrated howthey work and could be utilized. My favorite that I have tested out so far waswhich I„m hoping we will have the opportunity to use withour own LibChat proram. All you need is Java to workwith both parties browsers! (More to come from me onthis in a future Apps in the Stacks column) Besides the awesome tools I walked away with, I learnedother institutions too struggle browser and softwarecompatibility issues and blocking and access issues inworking with different types of technology tools, pluginsand software.
Reaching Online Learners: Tools toMeet Their NeedsPresenter: Alyssa Valenti, Raritan Valley CCModerator: Bonnie Lafazan, Berkeley CollegeAmandaI also attended this session and I thought another toolthat was very useful was Showmewhatswrong.comBasically this is a screen sharing tool that you cansend users a link and it gives you access to theirscreen so they can literally show you what they aredoing wrong and you can help them quicker.
• Bonnie: I loved everything Stephen Abrams had to say especiallyabout embracing new ideas, community engagement, library is aboutUS, the people, embracing the change, its already here, how will youdeal with it? He also suggested that everyone take a MOOC--hey thatwas our poster session suggestion!• Amanda: I thought his keynote was very inspirational! He talked aboutdirections libraries should be going into. A few things that struck a cordwith me were:• Librarians need to focus on professional services and not beingservants• We need to “get over it” and embrace change• Librarians need to collaborate more• We need to think about the verbs of our library• Our core skill is not delivering information it is improve the quality of thequestion and the users experience.Wednesday‟s Keynote: StevenAbram
Three Strategies for EngagingStudents in Learning InformationLiteracyAmanda• I attended this session where a librarian from Rider University presented onan approach to IL that I thought was very interesting. Librarians weretesting out three different strategies to engage students and increase theirunderstanding of IL skills. They wanted to see which strategy would make agreater impact.• The three strategies were:1. Assigning students to preview the class research guide before the IL session.2. Including an interactive learning component.3.Teaching multiple sessions.• The results were that there was not a huge difference in understanding ILskills better amongst the three strategies.• It was disappointing to hear that but, I was definitely inspired to considertrying something like this at our institution. I know there is no perfect modeland each set of students will have different skill levels but, we shoulddefinitely be comparing and analyzing our teaching strategies.
Whats the Big Deal About LibraryInstruction? (Poster)AmandaThis poster was created by the MLISStudents at Rutgers. Their posterfocused on the importance of receivingformal training for IL before theygraduate. They highlighted thechallenge, the current opportunities thatthey have(or don‟t have) and how theywould like to further promote theimportance of IL experience to theirpeers.What I especially thought was interestingabout this topic was that the VALESIL(Shared Information Literacy)committee that I am on thinks this is animportant issue as well. So importantthat our committee presented on this atVALE this past January. I plan onbringing this info to my next VALEmeeting and hopefully my committeeand SCARLA can work together to
Bonnie‟s Poster Session with FormerBerkeley Librarian, Alyssa Valenti
Bonnie‟s Poster Session with FormerBerkeley Librarian, Alyssa ValentiWith all the talk ofMoocs out there inacademia, weoffered a positivespin and profferedthat librarians shouldtake a MOOC as aprofessionaldevelopmentopportunity!
I presented a poster on this newsletter!The poster was well received. All of myhandouts were taken by the end of theday. Many librarians that stopped to chatwere very interested in the idea. I got thefeeling that not many libraries were takingthe time to do create internal newsletters.
Here is theinside of thehandout thatAmandaprovided for herposter session.
Amanda also presented on astudy that she conducted withMatthew. The study focused onhow our English Faculty use thelibrary services. She had 20people attend her session. Staytuned for the results of the study!