Tuesday, February 24, 2009

NMC K-12 Horizon Report: Examples Needed

Just received...

Hello NMC Directors,

We have begun drafting the 2009 Horizon Report: K-12 Edition, and we are seeking examples! This edition of the Horizon Report focuses on six areas of emerging technology that are significant in pre-college (K-12) education. We would love to feature the creative work you and your colleagues are doing.

We are interested in learning about any kind of innovative projects, pilot programs, or research happening at your campus or local schools in any of the six areas listed below. (See the attached 2009 Horizon Report: K-12 Edition Preview of the topics for more details.) Our goal is to help readers understand the potential impact of these technologies and their applications on teaching, learning, or creative expression in grades kindergarten through twelve.

Please also pass this on to the college of education or any other areas on campus that might be doing work in K-12 around any of these topics.

Here are the six areas the K-12 Advisory Board has identified for this year's report:

Time-to-Adoption: One Year or Less
Collaborative Environments
Online Communication Tools

Time-to-Adoption: Two to Three Years
Cloud Computing

Time-to-Adoption: Four to Five Years
Smart Objects
The Personal Web

The Time-to-Adoption Horizon indicates how long the Advisory Board feels it will be until a significant number of schools are providing or using each of these technologies or approaches broadly. Of course, a number of innovative teachers and schools are already working in some of these areas, and those are the very efforts we want to highlight. Of special interest are any activities that have a significant web presence so that a URL might be included in the report.

If you know of examples we could include, please reply directly to me at rachel@nmc.org as soon as you can. We hope to have your examples by Monday, March 2, but no matter what, we'd love to hear about what you are doing! All we really need is a sentence of description and a URL -- we'll do the rest.

For those interested in seeing the final version, the 2009 Horizon Report: K-12 Edition will be released on March 10, 2009. It will be available as a PDF at no cost.

Thanks -- and we look forward to hearing from you!



Rachel S. Smith
Vice President, NMC Services
The New Media Consortium

tel 512 445 4200 | fax 512 445 4205 | rachel@nmc.org | www.nmc.org

6th Mellon Seminar in Digital Humanities 3/9, 2-5 pm SLT/PST

We are happy to announce the 6th of 9 Mellon Seminars in Digital Humanities taking place at UCLA in real life (RL), and streamed via live video feed into the Digital Library Federation's (DLF) http://www.diglib.org/ SL island, Entropia. The RL participants will also see the SL audience, projected on a screen in the RL room at UCLA.

These Seminars, organized and co-taught by Jeffrey Schnapp (Visiting Professor of Digital Humanities, UCLA, and Professor of Comparative Literature, Stanford University; Founder of the Stanford Humanities Laboratory) and Todd Presner (Associate Professor of Germanic Languages and Comparative Literature, UCLA), take place at intervals during the 2008/2009 academic year.

Please note that the time for each Seminar is U.S. Pacific Time.

TOPIC: "Border Crossings: Mobility, Immobility, and Trans-media Storytelling”
DATE & TIME: Monday, March 9, 2009, 2 pm - 5 pm SLT/PST
• Scott Ruston, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities and
Media Studies, University of California at Los Angeles.
Topic: “Mobile Media: Intersecting Space/Place, Narrative/Database, Physical/Virtual”

• Amy Sara Carroll, assistant professor of Latina/o Studies (jointly
appointed in English and American Culture, affiliate of the Center for World Performance Studies and Latin American and Caribbean Studies) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

• Ricardo Dominguez is a co-founder of The Electronic Disturbance
Theater (EDT), who developed Virtual-Sit-In technologies in solidarity with the Zapatista communities in Chiapas, Mexico. He is an assistant professor at UCSD in the Visual Arts Department and Principal/ Principle Investigator at CALIT2 (bang.calit2.net).

RL LOCATION: Visualization Portal, 5628 Math Science Building—enter on the ground floor (5th level) and follow the signs to the portal
SL LOCATION: Digital Library Federation's SL island, Entropia

Anyone interested is welcome to attend at UCLA. The SL audience is limited to 50.

IMPORTANT: SL attendees only: Please RSVP to Esther Grassian or IM her SL avatar, Alexandria Knight, to reserve a space on Entropia, and for instructions on viewing the live feed and adjusting the audio in SL.

You can teleport directly to Entropia by using the following Second Life url (SLurl), but you must have an SL account in order to do
so: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Entropia/110/117/21/

Basic SL accounts are free.

Please let us know if you have any questions or would like any additional information.

Esther Grassian (UCLA) & Deni Wicklund (Stanford)
Co-Managers, DLF's Entropia

Friday, February 20, 2009

New LibGuide: "Information Literacy Teaching Tips & Techniques for Instructors"

Just made some layout changes to a new LibGuide I created for instructors--TAs as well as faculty. Comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Project Information Literacy (U Washington iSchool)

From the web site: "...the large-scale research project investigates how early adults on different college campuses conduct research for course work and how they conduct 'everyday research' for use in their daily lives..."

Correction: Instruction Observation Sites Needed

I'll be teaching IS 448 in Spring 2009, beginning April 1, 2009.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Instruction Observation Sites Needed

In Spring 2007, UCLA Department of Information Studies students will once again be enrolling in IS 448, "Information Literacy Instruction: Theory & Practice." This course requires students to complete a number of different assignments that incorporate both practical and theoretical aspects of Information Literacy Instruction (ILI). One of these assignments is an "Instruction Observation Report." Students observe and comment on a synchronous (live/real time) group ILI session, as well as an online ILI site.

I am looking for librarians who would be willing to have students observe one of their synchronous group ILI sessions. These sessions may be taught in person (in Southern California) or in a 3D virtual world (e.g, Second Life). Students will not include the names of librarians and institutions in their reports, though you may request a copy of the paper from the student.

The list of observation sites will be posted on the class web site by April 1st, the first day of class, and Reports are due on April 29th. Students will contact you to make an appointment to observe a session and to set up an appointment for a brief interview with you prior to their observation. During the interview they will ask about your instructional experience as well as the context and goals (or expected learning outcomes) for the session they will be observing. If you would like to volunteer, please email me directly (Esther Grassian: estherg@library.ucla.edu) with the following information:

1. Your institution's name
2. Your name or the name of the contact person who can make these arrangements
3. Your phone number, including area code, for appointments and information
4. Type of instruction which may be observed
5. Dates, times and places when your ILI sessions will be offered
6. Any other pertinent information you would like to offer

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Look forward to hearing from you, and thank you in advance!

Monday, February 16, 2009

School Librarian in NY Times--page 1!

Today's New York Times featured a school librarian from PS (Public School) 225 in Brooklyn, teaching children how to evaluate web sites: "In Web Age, Library Job Gets Update"! Sadly, as the author points out, while 90% of schools in the US have libraries, "less than two-thirds employ full-time certified librarians."

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

New Time: SL Stanford Library Discussion & Tour

Please note that the time has changed for the Stanford Library in Second Life discussion and tour. The new time is: 11 am to noon SLT/PST.

So far 55 people from all over the country and other parts of the world have signed up! If you are interested in attending in SL, please rsvp to estherg@library.ucla.edu for the slurl (Second Life url).

Hyperlinked Library

Ordinarily, I wouldn't read through a 482-slide PPT show, much less recommend it to others, but Peter Brantley, DLF Director is right. This is a fascinating and very timely slide show. If you don't have time to go through the entire slide show right now, I'd highly recommend at least looking at the following slides:

**193: The conversation: the art of listening, learning & sharing
**260: 7 ways to think outside the box
**281: Trend Blend 2009+
**380: Choose the Tools (use evidence to decide)
**385: Evidence-Based Librarianship (Balance innovation with ROI)
**387: Learning
**394 & 395: Learning 2.0
**398: Learning 2.0 by diving in
**429: 5 Phrases I never want to hear in libraries again!
**430 & 431: 100 Lamest Excuses
**432: Say “Yes”
**447: Einstein & trust formula
**458 & 459: Open thinking
**472: 5 Things You Can Do Now

473: 1) Participate in the Conversation
474: 2) Form an Emerging Technology Committee
475: 3) Explore Presence
476: 4) Use Some Tools to Make Work Easier
477: 5) Dive Into Learning 2.0!

**479: Learn to Learn


------ Forwarded Message
From: Peter Brantley
Reply-To: Peter Brantley
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2009 20:52:17 -0500
Conversation: hyperlinked library
Subject: hyperlinked library

michael stephens has an interesting presentation (big download)
on the hyperlinked library -


" What emerging trends are changing library services? What does a
connected world of “continuous computing” mean for 21st Century
libraries. This presentation provides a roadmap toward becoming the
Hyperlinked Library: transparent, participatory, playful, user-centered
and human, while still grounded in our foundations and values."

Thursday, February 5, 2009

SL Discussion & tour: DLF Member Libraries: Stanford

You are invited to a brief discussion and tour of the Stanford University Library island in Second Life, led by Deni Wicklund (Artemis Jacks). This is the first of a series of brief discussions and tours of Digital Library Federation (DLF) http://www.diglib.org/ member institution libraries in Second Life.

Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Time: 10 am – 11 am SLT/PST
Location: Please rsvp to Esther Grassian estherg@library.ucla.edu for SLURL (Second Life url)
NOTE: Second Life basic accounts are free: http://secondlife.com/

The discussion will cover:
* How we started in SL
* How we got the support of the Libraries
* Deciding what resources to bring to the island
* Developing partnerships within your library
* Developing collaborative partnerships within SL

Following the discussion, Deni will take attendees on a tour of the following areas on the Stanford University Library island:
1. North entrance
A. Island map
B. Noteboard
C. Train tour
2. Library Building
A. Map
B. Kiosks
3. Collections Building
A. Google Books
4. Goodfellow Tower
A. Manuscripts boxes
B. Zuancho exhibit
5. Research building
6. Pier - gathering space