Some news from your SoCal contributor to this blog: I got married last weekend to my library school sweetheart, so I’ve changed my name to Dani Brecher Cook—you’ll see this reflected on this blog, social media (@danibcook), and at upcoming conferences. The name change process is long and tedious, but I’m excited to embark on this new adventure with a shiny new name!
Here’s some pictorial evidence from the event, featuring your two blog contributors and two other fabulous librarians:
Yesterday, Kevin wrote a very well-reasoned post expressing his skepticism about LibGuides. I am less skeptical and more hopeful–when I think about research guides, I think:
A man once asked me … how I managed in my books to write such natural conversation between men when they were by themselves. Was I, by any chance, a member of a large, mixed family with a lot of male friends? I replied that, on the contrary, I was an only child and had practically never seen or spoken to any men of my own age till I was about twenty-five. “Well,” said the man, “I shouldn’t have expected a woman (meaning me) to have been able to make it so convincing.” I replied that I had coped with this difficult problem by making my men talk, as far as possible, like ordinary human beings. This aspect of the matter seemed to surprise the other speaker; he said no more, but took it away to chew it over. One of these days it may quite likely occur to him that women, as well as men, when left to themselves, talk very much like human beings also.
-Dorothy L. Sayers, Are Women Human?
It’s hard to believe, but last week marked my one year anniversary of playing that full-time library game. It’s been a good year, and it’s gone by incredibly fast, so it seems like a good moment to pause and reflect on the semi-steep learning curve of being a new librarian.
Here’s a hint to how this post goes: Year #1 is a little exhausting, but being a librarian is still pretty excellent.
Now I know the things I know, and I do the things I do; and if you do not like me so, to hell, my love, with you!
I didn’t start running because somebody asked me to become a runner. Just like I didn’t become a novelist because someone asked me to. One day, out of the blue, I wanted to write a novel. And one day, out of the blue, I started to run-simply because I wanted to. I’ve always done whatever I felt like doing in life. People may try to stop me, and convince me I’m wrong, but I won’t change.
– Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
Progressive, holistic education, “engaged pedagogy” is more demanding than conventional critical or feminist pedagogy. For, unlike these two teaching practices, it emphasizes well-being. That means that teachers must be actively involved committed to a process of self-actualization that promotes their own well-being if they are to teach in a manner that empowers students.
-bell hooks, Teaching to Trangress
“Programming for Librarians.” “Social Media for Librarians.” “Pedagogy for Librarians.”
I’m on (too) many listservs, so advertisements for classes like these cross my inbox on the daily: Courses where someone (usually a librarian, but not always) offers to interpret a subject for librarians, teaching us what we need to know about a given subject within our library context. These type of courses seem like they’re pretty popular, are absolutely a time-saver, and are a great way for librarians to get exposed to new ideas and incorporate them into their work. But I worry that these courses might also stifle creativity.
“Creation of an abstract mural.” User: LaurMG
Kevin and I had the pleasure of presenting some of our thoughts on teaching and librarianship yesterday at LOEX 2014. If you missed our presentation, “How Do Our Students Learn?: A Cognitive Psychological Model for Information Literacy Instruction,” our slide deck and handout are below.
We are coming away from Grand Rapids inspired and energized; thanks to all of the great librarians that we met over the course of the weekend! See you all next year?
As I have been cagily alluding to for the past few months, we’ve been piloting a Google Glass loan program at the Claremont Colleges Library since the early part of this year. Today, my terrific supervisor and colleague Char Booth and I published a piece in College & Research Libraries News about our project, the response to Glass from faculty and students, and implications for technological access via loaning programs like ours. Though we don’t always agree about the future and utility of Glass (I’ll let you guess who comes down on what side), it’s been an intriguing and fun several months, and writing the article with Char was a joy.