ACRL Takeaways by Laurie & Maria


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ACRL Takeaways by Laurie & Maria

  1. 1. • Before you go, prepare yourself a good schedule (online planner from ACRL website isavailable), and be prepare that you will change it.• First-Time Attendee Orientation- it was supposed to be about “getting the most out ofthe ACRL”, but was rather about getting involved with ACRL and how to play theConference Bingo to win a prize.• The Conference’s brochure has over 130 pages (many of them ads).• Keynote speaker every day• Posters - high quality and LARGE; a lot of conference time allocated for the PosterSession• Different types of events: Pre and post-conference workshops, short sessions (3 x 20mins), papers, roundtables, 3 hour workshops that required pre-registration.
  2. 2. • We had lunch with a rep from Wolper Web – “the industry’s first cloud based subscriptionmanagement system” (According to the rep: better, cheaper and more intuitive thanEbsco).• What I found missing - not many networking occasions (just one All-Conference receptionin a Indiana State Museum (“the Hoosiers Museum”) with two great exhibits: one aboutJames Dean and one about Five Generations of Lincolns.• Here are titles of several sessions I attended ( visited): Giveem the business; Developinginteractive tools to help faculty deal with copyright and fair use; Information literacy as aformative force; Capstone students and the research process; Using Google Earth andGoogle Maps in academic library settings; "I find Google a lot easier than going to thelibrary website," The Mother of all libguides; Learning by doing: developing engagingactive learning exercises for IL instruction.
  3. 3. • Topics covered during sessions: assessment, collections, leadership & management,professional/staff development, public services, scholarly communication, teaching &learning, technical services, technology.• Vendor sponsored events: I attended OCLC - WorldShare new global platformpresentation that includes library, partner (ILLs) and OCLC-build in applications.• My Favorite Session: Give’em the business: be a biz wiz with interactive (free) referencetools:• Here are the tools:TED: Hans Rosling’s video stats on You TubeWorld Bank data stats and appsGoogle Domestic Trends – great graphs!!FRED- Federal Reserve Economic DataNew York Times Mapping America ProjectDuke U. Library Digital Collection - great for marketing and advertising
  4. 4. April 10Data on the Run: Data and Statistical Sources for Reference and Instruction.(Preconference session reported by L. McFadden)• This was an excellent course that provided the right mix of hands on practice andinstruction. All of the recommended data tools included a free component. Thefollowing tools were recommended for library instruction or to aid at the reference desk:• Social Explorer: Create maps to see how a geographical area has changed over timebased on census data. Www/• American Fact Finder: The official portal for census information. The Community Factstab on the site allows you to manipulate the census information in order to find detailedinformation about a particular community and present the findings graphically innumerous tables and charts.• International Data can be found at the World Bank site at, the UnitedNations data site at and the OECD at• The best site for Public Opinion information is Pew Research. The information is verycurrent for timely and topical information.• For more information, visit the course libguide at:
  5. 5. Keynote: Geoffrey Canada. Author and President of theHarlem Children’s Zone.Mr. Canada provided a very entertaining and thoughtprovoking review of the current state of education in theUnited States. He stated that the American educationalsystem is the only business model in existence where thecustomer does not matter. He encourages teachers andlibrarians to provide a range of opportunities for studentsand teaching methods because you never know what willstick with a student and encouraged the use of programssuch as poetry readings to engage students in learning.
  6. 6. April 11• Physical + Virtual Library Planning Methods Workshop. Led by Alex Cohen, architect.Library spaces need to be collaborative, social and focused. The library needs to bebright and open and it should be evenly divided between quiet and collaborative spaces.Students continue to request that the library have a lot of quiet space and the libraryneeds to have a lot of movable study spaces and touch points that allow for writing onwalls, gaming alcoves and movable desks and even closets for adjuncts who may call thelibrary home. Other suggestions for library planning include the addition of:Peer Learning Spaces - like the Apple store that provides long desks for students to sit andcollaborate.Study Rooms: students like to be able to reserve study rooms and have a quiet place tostudy.Café: add the human environment into the library.
  7. 7. Contributed Papers: 1) Leaving the Library to Google the Government: How AcademicPatrons Find Government Information, 2) Visualizing our Futures” – Using Google Earthand Google Maps in a Academic Library Setting and 3) “I find Google a lot easier thangoing to the library website”. Some of the key findings from this series of talks on Googleinclude:• Students are not asking librarians for help in finding government documents and aregoing right to Google. Librarians need to talk more about .gov sites in IL instruction andas a good site for evaluating information.• Google Earth can be used as a language tool. For example. French students were given ascavenger hunt in French. Once they found all of the information needed, they mappedit out on Google Earth. Google Earth is a great visualization tool.• Convenience is the main driver for using Google. Create easy to use library interfaces sostudents and faculty will feel more comfortable using the library.
  8. 8. Friday, April 12Made in the Library – The librarian from the University of MaryWashington provided a great presentation on how she collaboratedwith the Education department at her school to take an old librarystorage room and convert it to a “ThinkLab”. Use of the lab is freeand limited to students who have received instruction on using themachines in the lab. The equipment in the lab includes: a sewingmachine, a 3D printer, an Xbox Kinect, & a Whiteboard. Some ofthe things made in the lab include: cookie cutters, key chain, chessset and a garment made out of plastic. The library has plans for acreative summer camp.
  9. 9. Poster Sessions - The conference had a number of interesting andvisually appealing posters sessions. One that was of particularinterest to me was, “Go Local: Using Digital Archives as AlternativeTextbooks in First Year Writing” from The University of Alabama. Thelibrarians provided great examples as to how documents and photosfrom the library’s archives were used in freshman writing classes.The use of local information gave the students a chance to get to feelmore connected with the school and the area and to gain a betterunderstanding of the history of the school and its community.
  10. 10. Attendees have access to ACRL 2013 Virtual Conference Community Account, which Iencouraged you to check: name: mdeptulaPassword: Berkeley