Annotated Bibliography Workshop

This week I held two online sessions for Ed.D. students on how to create an annotated bibliography.  The first session went really well, but I forgot to start recording until 20 minutes in!  I got the full recording of the second session, but there were twice as many people and it was a bit chaotic.  The first session, I was able to use two screens, so I could see and control my PPT in one screen, and see what I was sharing and watch the chat box in the second screen.  I was happy to have another librarian sit in on the session and monitor the chat box for me.  There were so many questions in the second session that I even had to ask them to slow down and hold off their questions for awhile.  It was also frustrating since they weren’t paying any attention to the chat box except to their own questions, and repeating each other’s inquiries quite a few times.  There were also so many basic questions, such as “how do I know if my article is peer-reviewed?” which I didn’t expect to get from a group of graduate level students.

Many of them also had trouble following directions!  I tried doing a group activity that worked well in the first session, but with twice as many students in the second, did not go as smoothly.  But overall, I think they went well and the students did seem to get a lot out of it.




Using Lucid Chart to help Users Navigate Complicated Processes

Yesterday I finally finished a process long in the making: a flow chart walking users through the process of finding the materials they need.  It can be so complicated figuring out what service to use and how to access materials, so I wanted to create a flowchart that not only explained the steps, but included instructional content.  I thought perhaps I could make this using some sort of infographic building program, but everything I tried wasn’t quite robust enough.  So I tried Prezi.  I knew Prezi would allow me to embed videos and include links, and there are some great templates.  My problem with Prezi is that you could have only one straight path, and not jump around too easily.  Users can grab and drag, click around, etc., but Prezi isn’t widely used enough that our users would find it easy to use.

Finally I tried Lucid Chart.  It was the absolute perfect tool to use for a flowchart.  It automatically aligns objects for you and provides a grid, while still allowing you to customize yourself. You can embed images, videos, and include links, and easily lock arrows to boxes for easy manipulation.  It was perfect!  Lucid Charts can be hosted online, embedded into LibGuides, and downloaded as various file types.  So awesome!  My chart is embedded into a LibGuide, and anytime the chart is edited in Lucid Chart, it will automatically be reflected in the embedded version without me changing a thing in LibGuides.  See the chart online, or take a look at the PDF, pictured below.

Finding Sources