Thursday, 30 June 2011

New Teaching Tools for Chat Reference

This brilliant presentation using Prezi was given recently at WILU 2011. It was by Lauren DiMonte and Joanna Szurmak from University of Toronto Mississauga. They demonstrate the value of a chat reference service in a University Library and then show how they developed short videos to meet FAQs. They refer to recent articles about screencasts and include an example of their own work at Toronto. Wish I'd been at the presentation to applaud!

Saturday, 18 June 2011

M-Libraries 2011 Summary

Alex Miller has done a great job summarising the M-Libraries Brisbane 2011 Conference in a Prezi

Information Literacy and Higher Education : a toolkit for curricular integration

Jennifer Jarson has written a great paper here in College and Research Libraries News (Nov 2010) which " is to guide readers to important resources for understanding information literacy and to provide tools for readers to advocate for information literacy’s place in higher education curricula."

Reading this and following the links is likely to save colleagues who need sources and justification for their IL interventions hours of time!

Good practice advice for using Web 2.0 in schools

Somehow I came across this useful attempt at a good practice guide for schools wanting to move on using Web 2.0. It is by Matthew"Toward a set of theoretical best practices for Web 2.0 and Web-based technologies" and it appeared in Meridian School Computer Technologies Journal this year. Access it here.

SCONUL Seven Pillars Model revised!

At the LILAC Conference in London recently Moira Bent and Ruth Stubbings unveiled the new version of the SCONUL Seven Pillars Information Literacy framework. This is a major development and I should have shouted about it before! I quote :

"In order for the model to be relevant to different user communities and ages, the new model is presented as a generic “core” model for Higher Education, to which a series of “lenses”, representing the different groups of learners, can be applied. The Research Lens is the first of the lenses to be developed."

Here is the generic model for HE
Here is the research lens