Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice (PaLRaP) is now accepting submissions for research, practice, and commentary articles and for news items for the March 2014 issue. Manuscripts are welcomed at any time; however, for full consideration for the March 2014 issue, please submit your manuscripts by January 15, 2014. See palrap.org for submission guidelines.
PaLRaP is a peer reviewed, online, open access publication of the Pennsylvania Library Association’s College & Research Division. This journal will provide an opportunity for librarians in Pennsylvania to share their knowledge and experience with practicing librarians across the Commonwealth and beyond. It includes articles from all areas of librarianship, with a special focus on activities in Pennsylvania’s academic libraries.
When available, audio and video content will supplement text based documents.
Published biannually: March and October
Editors: Tom Reinsfelder, PennStateUniversity – Mont Alto; John Barnett, University of Pittsburgh
Peer reviewers: Members of the Pennsylvania library community.
A free workshop funded by the
Penn State University Libraries Innovation Microgrant Program
Monday, November 25, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
(Registration: 9:30 a.m. to 9:59 a.m.)
Penn State Hazleton – Hazleton, PA 18202
Evelyn Graham Academic Building
Storytelling isn’t limited to “once upon a time.”
Libraries can use the power of storytelling to communicate more effectively. Stories are better heard, understood, and remembered which is increasingly important in this distracted digital age. Join us for a half-day workshop to learn the influence of storytelling and leave inspired and energized with exciting ideas and practical skills.
The workshop will begin with short participatory exercises led by Mr. Michael Kattner to jumpstart participants into actively exploring storytelling skills. This will be followed by Mr. Harley Newman and Dr. Lora Taub-Pervizpour who will each have a combination of lecture, videos, and hands-on exercises. A question-and-answer session with both speakers will conclude the program. If you have a tablet computer, please bring it with you.
A light lunch will be provided.
Registration deadline is Friday, November 8th.
To register, complete the form at http://goo.gl/3SxHVw
We are excited to announce that Vol 1 No. 2 of Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice (PaLRaP) has been published and is now available for you to read!
The newest volume includes articles about millennials and mentoring, online job tutorials, electronic reference stats, getting students’ attention with interactive gaming, open source, training with technology, and more. Also, don’t forget to register on the site if you would like to comment on articles and/or receive new issue announcements.
Visit www.palrap.org to view Volume 1, No 2, and to view the inaugural issue as well.
On Tuesday, October 22, 2013, during the Pennsylvania Library Association conference’s College & Research Division Luncheon, academic librarians in attendance were treated to a presentation by Char Booth, author of – among many other things – Informing Innovation: Tracking Student Interest in Emerging Library Technologies at Ohio University (ACRL, 2009) and Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning: Instructional Literacy for Library Educators (ALA Editions, 2011; the 2012 ACRL Ilene Rockman Publication of the Year Award winner). Booth’s talk was titled “Curriculum Mapping as Strategy and Structure” and addressed the need for mapping the intersection of library instruction across and within departmental courses as a “conceptual investigation” of what is happening at the local level, which will facilitate both streamlining of efforts and consistency in delivery.
Booth noted that while there are numerous broad studies about users’ needs (such as the ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology 2012, Project Information Literacy, The ERIAL Project and its published report College Libraries and Student Culture: What We Now Know [ALA Editions, 2012], and Studying Students: The Undergraduate Research Project at the University of Rochester [ACRL, 2007]), it’s important to also look inside our institutions at the specific needs of our individual campuses so that we don’t make inaccurate assumptions. One way to accomplish this is the development of curriculum mapping – a visual method of laying out the courses offered within a college, academic department, or program, and how those may cross-list with other programs. Once courses are mapped out, we can then note which ones involve a library instruction or research component, what information literacies are incorporated into each, and where there are either gaps or duplications.
By identifying and reducing duplicated efforts, we can be more efficient and more course-specific. Reduced repetition will increase student engagement by making library instruction sessions even more relevant and focused. Booth asked us to consider, “What can we focus on for THIS class as one part of the program requirements with multiple sessions with librarians throughout?” which eliminates the sense of needing to cover all of information literacy in a single session.
Booth described curriculum mapping as a “knowledge management tool” that can provide both insight and strategy, which can help us think about library instruction in a holistic way that can break us of a tendency toward tunnel vision.
If we use curriculum maps the way that we use geographical maps – to ground us in the landscape and to guide us toward a destination – we can create library experiences that are more deliberate and more relevant.
THATCamp, a hybrid conference/unconference interdisciplinary event focusing on the Digital Humanities is coming to Harrisburg! If you have any interest in the Digital Humanities, including supporting faculty projects, or coordinating local history projects through the library, this event is for you. I plan to attend and have proposed two sessions with faculty from my institution about using Zotero and WordPress for the digital humanities. I hope to see you there!
http://hbg2013.thatcamp.org/ To register, select the Registration menu option at the top.
THATCamp Harrisburg 2013
Call for Participation
October 25th and 26th, Harrisburg University
What Is THATCamp?
THATCamp stands for The Humanities And Technology Camp. THATCamp Harrisburg is a professional development opportunity for humanities professionals in both academic and non-academic settings. It serves to introduce newcomers to the tools and purposes of the Digital Humanities and give veterans an opportunity to deepen and broaden their skills, and to share them with others.
THATCamp Harrisburg offers opportunities for new conversations and relationships, and contributes to further work in the digital humanities that will benefit the Central Pennsylvania region, as well as the larger community of humanities professionals.
Call for Participation
Proposals we are soliciting
- Workshops that will teach participants new skills or introduce them to new digital tools.
- Sessions that will a) discuss topics of interest in the Digital Humanities, b) demonstrate tools, c) create participatory projects.
- Dorkshorts – short presentations on current projects that participants have under way in the digital humanities.
For a list of sample sessions from other THATCamps, check the “propose” tab on the website: http://hbg2013.thatcamp.org/propose/
To propose a workshop, session or dorkshort, register for THATCamp Harrisburg at http://hbg2013.thatcamp.org. Then follow the instructions on the “Propose” tab.
William Pannapacker, Professor at Hope College and regular columnist on the digital humanities for the Chronicle of Higher Education, will be joining us on Friday morning for a session focused on the present and future of the digital humanities, especially at smaller private colleges and universities.
Yesterday’s Connect & Communicate session, “Diverse Literacies: PA Forward as a Framework for Academic Outreach” by Barbara Eshbach and Erin Burns is now available at the following links.
To view the full session (PaLA Members only): http://www.palibraries.org/blogpost/951701/College–Research-Division
If you attended the session, please fill out this online evaluation form and let us know how we did. http://goo.gl/pMR2VV
ACRL Value of Academic Libraries: http://www.acrl.ala.org/value/
PA Forward website: http://www.paforward.org
PA Forward Toolkit materials : http://www.palibraries.org/?Toolkit
Currently working on a session that incorporates the 5 Literacies of PA Forward? Tell us about it here: http://tinyurl.com/PAFshortform
Additional links for Financial Literacy:
Promotional Materials from ALA: Money Smart Week @ your library
Money Matters on Campus: http://moneymattersoncampus.org/
The results for the CRD election are in. The 2014 CRD Vice Chair/Chair Elect is Larissa Gordon, Information Literacy Coordinator/Reference Librarian for the Landman Library at Arcadia University. The 2014 CRD Treasurer is Allyson Valentine, Reference and Instruction Librarian at HACC York Campus. Congratulations to them both, and thanks to all for their willingness to serve.