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Reaching Sustainability with Online Library Instruction: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

Date: February 21st, 2013 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm ET


Join your Blended Librarian Online Community co-hosts, Steven Bell and John Shank, and their guest speaker for this webcast Heidi Steiner, Head of Digital and Distance Education Services and Assistant Professor at the Kreitzberg Library at Norwich University. This is a free event inorder to participate you will need to register HERE!
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Sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), this one-of-a-kind book demonstrates the best tools, resources, and techniques for discovering, selecting, and integrating interactive open educational resources (OERs) into the teaching and learning process. The author examines many of the best repositories and digital library websites for finding high quality materials, explaining in depth the best practices for effectively searching these repositories and the various methods for evaluating, selecting, and integrating the resources into the instructor’s curriculum and course assignments, as well as the institution’s learning management system.

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All, never expected to have this book make CHOICE's OATs selection for 2014. Thanks for all your efforts with getting this work published between JB & ACRL.!

Join the Blended Librarians Online Learning Community for the second webcast in a series of conversations with Blended Librarians. This session explores the role of Blended Librarians by discussing with our panel how they developed their skills, how they obtained their positions, what their work is like, what their challenges are and what they enjoy about being a Blended Librarian. This panel conversation takes place on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 3 p.m. EST with our guests J. Lindsay O’Neill, Francesca Marineo, Kristin (Miller) Woodward, Julie Hartwell, and Amanda Clossen.!
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This event explores a pressing challenge for higher education institutions across the world: advancing digital literacy among students and faculty.!
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Since the 19th century academic librarians have helped students navigate the complex world of information. In today's unpredictable information environment, how might they rethink their role?!
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"New attention to hyperpartisan or misleading information online has prompted some people in higher education to scrutinize how they teach students to navigate the web." This is a great educational opportunity for the library profession.!
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In this webcast, the Blended Librarians Online Learning Community explored the role of the Blended Librarian by discussing with our guests how they developed their skills, how they obtained their positions, what their work is like, what their challenges are and what they enjoy about being a Blended Librarian.o edit the content!
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A new report is out from Project Information Literacy. Make sure you read it before you get too far into a library renovation.!
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The number of Americans who feel overloaded with information has declined significantly.!
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Academic libraries aren’t just expensive “vanity projects” but rather a vital part of the higher education ecosystem, argue Julie Todaro and Irene M. H. Herold.!
toraki's curator insight, November 14, 2016 1:23 AM
"... But academic libraries are part of the solution in higher education rather than part of the problem...

This fall semester join the Blended Librarians Online Learning Community for a series of conversations with Blended Librarians. In these sessions we will explore the role of the Blended Librarian by discussing with our guests how they developed their skills, how they obtained their positions, what their work is like, what their challenges are and what they enjoy about being a Blended Librarian. Our first Conversation takes place on Thursday, October 13 at 3:00 pm EST with guest Joelle Pitts from Kansas State University Libraries.!
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The Open Educational Resources (OER) Librarian is responsible for college-wide administrative support of TCC’s OER initiatives, with emphasis on professional development, identification of OER course content and overall support for adoption of OER.

The OER Librarian reports to the Associate Vice President for Libraries.!
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"This study examined the predictive relationship between library use by individual students and their retention status in university settings. The methodology builds on a small number of previous studies to examine library use at the individual level in order to determine if use of specific library services is predictive of retention for freshmen and sophomores. Binary logistic regression yielded results which indicate a strong positive predictive relationship between library use of any kind with both freshmen and sophomore retention. These results suggest that academic libraries add value to institutional retention efforts."!
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Librarians in many types of libraries frequently find themselves positioned as instructors in formal and informal educational settings. Librarians can help ensure that learner needs are better defined and addressed by gaining basic competency in instructional design (ID), an intentional process used to create effective, efficient educational and training programs. Additionally, instructional design skills have the potential to benefit librarians in nonteaching roles. This paper examines existing library literature to determine how librarians can benefit from ID skills and to identify core ID competencies for the profession, and suggests opportunities to investigate how librarians might best acquire these skills.!
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"As academic libraries evolve to meet the changing needs of their surrounding communities, we are beginning to engage with these communities in new ways, such as participating in efforts to transform teaching and learning. These shifts in services and roles can be challenging. As we try to figure out how to adapt and move forward, we need to apply new approaches to the way we think and problem solve. Enter the processes of design thinking and rapid prototyping"!
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"Our special report "Libraries: The Next Chapter" examines how Nebraska libraries are keeping up with changes in technology and consumer demands. In this story, NET News reporter Ben Bohall takes us to the changing academic landscape of the college library"!
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The Blended Librarians Online Learning Community on Thursday, May 12th hosted a webcast presentation and discussion with Rachel Ivy Clarke, Ph.D.Clarke discussed the theoretical underpinnings that distinguish design knowledge from scientific knowledge and how it is relevant to research, teaching and practice in librarianship.!
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US institutions of higher education and US local governments are under extraordinary pressure to cut costs and eliminate from institutional or governmental ledgers any expenses whose absence would cause little or no pain.!
Freek Kraak's comment, May 17, 2016 8:21 AM
Thank you very much. I just read the article. It's very inspiring, I think, also for public librarians!
Sue Osborne's curator insight, May 17, 2016 6:43 PM
No I say! A thousand times no!
John Shank's comment, May 18, 2016 12:29 PM
I agree - more relevant today than 2000 yrs ago!
Join the Blended Librarians Online Learning Community this Thursday, May 12th at 3:00 pm EST for a webcast presentation and discussion about re-conceptualizing Librarianship as a design discipline with Rachel Ivy Clarke. 
To learn more about the webcast visit:!
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In September 2012, ACRL was awarded a National Leadership Demonstration Grant of $249,330 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for the project “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success” (AiA). Undertaken in partnership with the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), the grant will support the design, implementation and evaluation of a program to strengthen the competencies of librarians in campus leadership and data-informed advocacy.!
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I was asked to answer the following question for this week’s 2016 National Library Week theme - “Libraries Transform.” “What big change are you implementing that is helping your library transform?”!
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“We have a number of findings that show faculty members are paying more attention to students' skills and that they’re looking at the library as a partner,” said Roger C. Schonfeld!
nvdeerenbeemt's curator insight, April 7, 2016 2:16 AM
June Rumiko Klein's curator insight, April 7, 2016 1:12 PM

Great research on how the internet is changing how faculty, staff and students view and work with data, and the underlying skills needed by today's workforce.  In many ways, these are the same issues for decades ago.  The difference is that we are moving from the challenge of finding data to understanding and analyzing the data.

Julie Price's curator insight, April 10, 2016 11:18 PM
We always knew library instruction was important

Recorded on Thursday, March 17, 2016, this webcast highlights a presentation and discussion with Lauren Hays and Mark Hayse, co-directors of the library-based Center for Games & Learning (CGL) at MidAmerica Nazarene The CGL, a recipient of a 2014 IMLS-funding initiative, curates a collection of 300+ tabletop games for learning 21st Century Skills. 21st Century leadership demands expertise in skills such as communication, collaboration, problem solving, flexibility, creativity, innovation, and information literacy.!
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Join the Blended Librarians Online Learning Community on Thursday, March 17 at 3:00 pm EDT for a webcast presentation and discussion with Lauren Hays and Mark Hayse, co-directors of the library-based!
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I will be presenting this today as a Library 2.013 pre-conference event,  Connected Librarians Day. Hope you see you online.


Blended Librarianship and Blended Librarian Presentation Overview based on the article Shank, John D., and Steven Bell. “Blended Librarianship.” Reference & User Services Quarterly 51, no. 2 (2011): 105-110.
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SLS Guernsey's curator insight, July 12, 2014 2:28 AM

'Librarians need to move from being knowledgeable and start being knowledge-able' John Shark 


Great presentation on how a librarian can make a difference in education.

Saberes Sin Fronteras OVS's curator insight, March 11, 2015 5:21 PM

#educacion #libros #biblioteca

Konstantinos Kalemis's curator insight, August 10, 2015 5:05 AM


The Proceedings of the 2014 Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment are now available on the conference website. The fifth Library Assessment Conference, held in Seattle, Washington, brought together 600 participants from 47 US states, 8 Canadian provinces, and 14 countries outside of North America. The program offered panel, paper, lightning talk, and poster presentations covering all areas of library assessment. Session themes represented the diversity of assessment efforts and included sessions on data visualization, librarian liaisons, public libraries, and collaboration outside the library...!
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