Lecture for ELP Expanded Listening Skills classes. The goal is for students to practice their listening and note-taking skills, and this lecture is presented during their unit on sleep deprivation. The lecture is followed by Q&A, and a vocabulary activity incorporating both library vocab, and vocab from the sleep deprivation unit.
I’m working on a collaborative project to create hover maps to help students identify different types of articles. I’m working on book reviews. Each of our hover maps has an introduction, and I wanted something more fun than just a paragraph of text to describe a book review. So I created an infographic using Piktochart. It was my first time using Piktochart, and it only took me about 30 minutes to create. So easy, and such a cool result!
I’ve found myself trying to schedule appointments with multiple students at the same time, and doing so over email has been challenging. I give one student a few available times, and then perhaps they don’t get back to me for a few days, after I’ve already given that time slot to another student. Sometimes students will show up without selecting a time or confirming. So instead of scheduling via email, I found a tool called MeetMe, through Doodle. I send students a link to my calendar, and they can select a few times that works with their schedule. Since it is connected to my Google calendar, it is constantly updated, so I don’t need to worry about holding specific spaces open. It’s worked wonderfully so far!
I’ve seen word clouds popping up everywhere, so I decided to try creating a few. I wanted one to represent the idea of a library, so I could use it in classes for international students. Many of our international students are unfamiliar with the use and value of academic libraries, and I wanted a new way to try to help them understand. So far, I’ve only used these as something to have on the screen as students are entering the classroom, but I’ve gotten positive responses so far. The first, I use in most classes, but the second I use for sessions when we are specifically talking about different types of library materials.
Tomorrow the National Scholarship Office is holding an application writing workshop for people interested in applying for a Fulbright scholarship. Along with the Writing Center, I attend these workshops and tell people how they can use the library and it’s resources to write a better application. Unfortunately, I can’t attend tomorrow’s workshop because I’ll be on my way to Chicago to participate in ALA. To at least provide a little bit of information, I made a video, quickly giving a preview of the information I would go over in person. The video is just over 5 minutes, and I usually spend 20-30 minutes talking with the students, going over examples, and answering their questions. So this is really just a preview, but there is no way I could make, or anyone could watch, a 20 minute video without being able to ask questions, and without me using their real examples. Hopefully, the video and the handout will give them enough information to get started, and contact me for help later. The staff at the NSO are really great in promoting the library, and I’ve gotten quite a few consultations already, so I don’t think my absence will be a huge detriment to my outreach efforts.
After making this video, I realized that I could easily trim it down to be applicable to the students who attend the info sessions in the fall. The info sessions are much shorter, and I usually only get about 5 minutes to talk. There are info sessions for specific scholarships, as well as general info sessions. I think my shortened version of the video will work well for all of those, as well as the modified handout.