Wednesday, August 19, 2009

"Tactics and Haptics and a Future That's Now" (by Holly Willis)

Another thought-provoking essay posted to stimulate thought, for the 2009 NMC Symposium for the Future, scheduled for October 27-29, 2009. Willis' essay describes 3 uses for technologies (Mobile Voices, Take Action Games, and the Healthy City Project), with a focus on "tactics of technology, when users claim the tools as their own."

"It is easy to fall in love with technology..." by danah boyd

Fascinating essay by danah boyd, particularly in regard to technology and teaching, posted to stimulate conversation for the 2009 NMC Symposium for the Future, scheduled for October 27-29, 2009.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

"Working Learners"

"Working Learners" - New Report on ReSkilling: Here is a thought provoking report to read and distribute. "Working Learners: Educating Our Entire Workforce for Success in the 21st Century" by Louis Soares from the Center for American Progress. The executive summary and full report can be downloaded at
(From Elliott Masie's Learning Trends posting, 13 Aug 2009:

Monday, August 17, 2009

CLA response

Hi guys,

Here's the response from CLA:

Hi Caroline,

Your email has been forwarded to me in hopes that I may help you with your request. Unfortunately, we cannot post non-conference events to our website – you can imagine if we did, the website would be full of various programs and/or events. Nor can we provide you with an email list. However, we do want to assist you with your goal of furthering awareness for your group. May we suggest, you take advantage of a complimentary tabletop display in the exhibit hall, where you can distribute your materials to attending library professionals?

As it relates to your meeting – when and where do you plan to hold your meeting? We would appreciate your group not holding the meeting during any of the CLA Conference sessions and/or events. Please let me know if we can help you in this process.

I have attached an exhibitor packet for you. If you decide, you would like to take advantage of a tabletop display, please complete the attached form and return it to me soon. Be sure to write “complimentary” across the price.

Thank you.


Stephen Hamilton
Association Resource Center/CLA Conference/Meetings Director
950 Glenn Drive, Suite 150
Folsom, CA 95630
Telephone : 916-932-2200
Fax: 916-932-2209


I have the attachment for a display. Do we want to pursue this?

-- Caroline

Caroline Bordinaro, MLIS
Library Instruction and Information Literacy Coordinator
University LibraryCalifornia State University, Dominguez Hills


"When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.”

Friday, August 14, 2009

"Wikipedia Approaches Its Limits"

Fascinating "Library Link of the Day" article about slowing growth for Wikipedia, as it hits 3 million articles in English, forwarded by Lise Snyder, UCLA College Library. Question for all: Are you a Wikipedia "deletionist" or "inclusionist"?

Thursday, August 13, 2009

"Teaching in a Tea House" Published

Proceedings of the 35th National LOEX Library Instruction Conference, San Diego, CA, May 3-5, 2007, have been published. The Conference title was: "Uncharted Waters: Tapping the Depths of Our Community to Enhance Learning." Esther Grassian (UCLA), Catherine Haras (CSULA) and Billy Pashaie (East Los Angeles College--now at Cypress College) presented "Teaching in a Tea House" at that conference. Their presentation offered an analysis of the LILi informal survey of information literacy instruction at California libraries of all types. You can find detailed survey results on the LILi web site. The title of their presentation came from the University of Southern California's (USC) survey. Librarians at USC teach information literacy in a tea house on their campus.

There are many other interesting conference papers in these proceedings, including "A Community Without Walls: Testing the Waters," by Lydia Jackson and Julia Hansen at Southern Illinois University's Edwardsville campus. Jackson and Hansen describe their extensive outreach efforts to high school librarians in their area.

Brad Sietz, LOEX Director, and the 2007 LOEX Conference Planning Committee (including Amy Wallace, a long-time LILi member), deserve much credit for producing such a valuable conference and well-edited volume.

"Toward Information Literacy Indicators"

Ralph Catts and Jesus Lau have published this document ("Toward Information Literacy Indicators") through UNESCO. They decided to do a secondary analysis of international surveys that address information-literacy-related skills directly or indirectly, to develop "a list of potential international indicators for information supply, access and supporting skills." Unfortunately, historical background on library instruction/bibliographic instruction as precursors to the concept of "information literacy" seem to be missing. However, it is interesting to see the broad scope of information literacy internationally.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

UCLA Libraries to Close on Saturdays in Fall

Today Gary E. Strong, UCLA University Librarian, announced that all UCLA Libraries will be closed on Saturdays, beginning in the Fall, and will only be open from 1 to 6 pm on Sundays. This is very sad, and will impact high school and community college students, as well as other researchers and visitors.