Archive for August, 2006

Join us at the campus conference

August 25, 2006

Librarians are participating in the presentation of three sessions at next week’s campus PD conference. It’s not too late to sign up, or just drop in.

1) Research Delivered to your Desktop, presented by Kristine Plastow and Sona Kothari
Monday, August 28, 3:15-4:30 PM, in the Library Instruction Lab
Back by popular demand! Discover some easy and quick ways to stay current with the latest scholarship in your field. Come to this session to learn about the newest tools the library has acquired specifically to help faculty with scholarship and research, including database search alerts and table of contents services.

2) Alternatives to the Research Paper, presented by Michelle Edwards and Sona Kothari
Tuesday, August 29, 11:00 AM-12:00 Noon, Room 2006F
Want to teach your students library research skills but tired of fighting plagiarism? Come to the Library to hear about and share new, different, or alternative assignment ideas for fostering information literacy and critical thinking skills.

3) Wikis, blogs and podcasts, oh my!, presented by Rob Bastell, Stacey Mateika and Sona Kothari
Tuesday, August 29, 1:00-3:00 PM, Library Instruction Lab
How do students really use the net? This session will look at the way students use the net for communication, for information, and for fun. We’ll explore wikis (and Wikipedia), blogs, podcasts, downloads, and more. We’ll also discuss some of the downside of the social aspects of the web such as privacy and security concerns.

And, join us for a bonussession! On Wednesday, August 30, 3:30-5:00 PM, in the Library’s West Wing, the Academic Technology Sub Committee will sponsorthe first session in the new “Teaching and Technology” series. Nursing instructor Kristen Gulbransen will present “PDAs: how to use them, how to wear them.” In addition to learning how to use a PDA in the classroom, there will be a cash bar and free food – so there are two more great reasons to come to this session. And, who knows, you might even win a free PDA or PDA accessory! See you there!

be the first to know…

August 17, 2006

Be the first to know when there’s a new post on our Library blog (and all those other blogs you’ve already discovered, or are soon to discover), by using a blog subscription tool, also known as a news feed reader or a news aggregator. (Look for “Subscribe!” on the sidebar of this page.)

Why the heck do you want to do this? To save time, of course! Instead of having to visit 10 different blogs to see what’s new, you can visit one site, your aggregator of choice, and see at a glance which ones have new posts. Wikipedia says “aggregators reduce the time and effort needed to regularly check websites for updates, creating a unique information space or ‘personal newspaper.'” (While you’re at the Wikipedia site, check out their list of aggregators at the bottom of this article.)

How can you get started? Choose an aggregator, set up an account, and start adding feeds to your account. I use and recommend Bloglines. It’s free and it’s easy. 

The Ontario Library and Information Technology Association has published their RSS Toolkit, which goes into greater detail about this technology and how to get started. 

fun stuff: photographs and animation

August 3, 2006

1) Framing Canada is a searchable database of digitized photographic images from 1843 to the mid-20th century, owned by Library and Archives Canada. There are some great photographs in this collection which could be used for educational purposes – or if you just want to have fun, check out The Weird and Wacky section.

Many of the images are in the public domain, meaning the copyright has expired, while copyright on other images is held by Library and Archives Canada. If you wish to use any images from this site, check here for conditions and restrictions.

2) The National Film Board has a great site called Focus on Animation. In addition to exploring the history of animation at the NFB or learning about animation techniques, you can also view 50 NFB shorts. Remember The Cat Came Back or Neighbours?

new technologies, new generation

August 3, 2006

Here are some interesting articles published recently by Educause Review.

1) An article on the growing use of podcasts in education. The article discusses what podcasting is, how to do it, and explores a few of the possible uses in the educational setting.

2) An article on the use of IM (instant messaging) in education. With many of our students working off-campus, IM is a great way for them to remain connected to other students and to their instructors. IM can also be useful for managing group projects. And, the Library can now be contacted through IM, too!

3) An article on the Net Gen, also called the Millenials or Generation Y. These are our newest students, the ones coming right out of high school. Learn what makes them tick and how to engage them in the classroom.