Take a Class with Rule Number One!

Kevin and I are really excited to share that we’ll be teaching an online class for RUSA for the first time. The class, “Learner-Centered Reference and Instruction: Science, Psychology, and Inclusive Pedagogy,” will be held from April 6-May 17. We’re having a blast putting together the syllabus and learning about Moodle, and hope that you’ll join us! The description is after the jump, and you can read more about the course at the RUSA site. Please let us know if you have any questions! Continue reading


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Friday Quote

Experience is, for me, the highest authority. The touchstone of validity is my own experience. No other person’s ideas, and none of my own ideas, are as authoritative as my experience. It is to experience that I must return again and again, to discover a closer approximation to truth as it is in the process of becoming in me. Neither the Bible nor the prophets – neither Freud nor research – neither the revelations of God nor man – can take precedence over my own direct experience.

My experience is not authoritative because it is infallible. It is the basis of authority because it can always be checked in new primary ways. In this way its frequent error or fallibility is always open to correction.

-Carl Rogers


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Rule Number One Hits the Road

Hit the road by Ai Shuu

Photo by Ai-Shuu

Your Rule Number One writers are off to conferences galore this week, and we hope you’ll look us up! Conference details follow–if you’d like to meet up and chat about instruction, libraries, or…whatever, send us a line!


@ ACRL from Wednesday, March 25 – Saturday, March 28

I’ll presenting twice on Friday:
11:00-11:20, google glasses for the masses with Char Booth in Portland Ballroom 255
1:30-2:30, High/Low/No Tech: A Snapshot of Instructional Techniques from Four Academic Libraries with Kyle Denlinger, Jennifer Garrett, and Sabrina Wong in C123-124

I’ll also be attending the Newcomers Orientation (psyched for my first ACRL!) and the all-conference reception on Friday night, as well as many TBD sessions (so much good stuff to choose from). Hope to see you around!


@8th Annual Conference for Humanistic Psychology from Thursday, March 26 – Sunday, March 29

Presenting on Sunday from 8-9, Authentic Engagement: A Humanistic-Existential Approach to Learner-Centered Pedagogy in Room 515

Mad props to my co-blogger for presenting outside of the usual library circuit! I think this will be a really interesting presentations for those who might be able to attend.


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Friday Quote

I was walking in Bali, and saw a bunch of people in a clearing having a ball because somebody they really liked had just died, and I realized that everything was just how you decided to think about it. Sometimes people let the same problems make them miserable for years when they should just say so what. That’s one of my favorite things to say. So what.

My mother didn’t love me. So what.

My husband won’t ball me. So what.

I don’t know how I made it through all the years before I learned how to do that trick. It took a long time for me to learn it, but once you do you never forget.

-Andy Warhol 


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“A Half-Mad Visionary”, Or “The World’s Most Eccentric and Original Library”

My friend Susan Ivey just passed along this interesting New Yorker piece  about “the world’s most eccentric and original library,” the Warburg Institute, in London.

An excerpt:

It is a library like no other in Europe—in its cross-disciplinary reference, its peculiarities, its originality, its strange depths and unexpected shallows. Magic and science, evil eyes and saints’ lives: these things repose side by side in a labyrinth of imagery and icons and memory. Dan Brown’s hero Robert Langdon supposedly teaches “symbology” at Harvard. There is no such field, but if there were, and if Professor Langdon wanted to study it before making love to mysterious Frenchwomen and nimbly avoiding Opus Dei hit men, this is where he would come to study.

Unfortunately its future seems to be in jeopardy which, alas, seems not particularly surprising, given the conformist culture in which we live.

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Friday Quote

The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.

-Flannery O’Connor

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Claremont Colleges Library wins 2015 LIRT Innovation in Instruction Award

I just wanted to take a moment to offer a huge congratulations to my co-blogger Dani Brecher-Cook and the rest of the Claremont Colleges Library team (Char Booth, Natalie Tagge, Sara Lowe and Sean Stone) on being awarded the 2015 LIRT Innovation in Instruction Award for their visual curriculum mapping project.

It’s an exciting honor and wonderful to see such highly deserving, forward thinking librarians receive this recognition.

More information is available via ALA’s press release.

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