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A monthly podcast by and for library information literacy instructors and teaching librarians. The show includes features, interviews and discussion about teaching in libraries.

A monthly podcast by and for library information literacy instructors and teaching librarians. The show includes features, interviews and discussion about teaching in libraries.
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A monthly podcast by and for library information literacy instructors and teaching librarians. The show includes features, interviews and discussion about teaching in libraries.




Episode 39: Back to School with Bibliometrics and Manga

Listen to the podcast (mp3, ~60 minutes) This month we're joined by Robin Chin Roemer, Communication Librarian (and Rachel's colleague) from American University. The discussion covers topics from orientation to Manga to flipped classrooms to bibliometrics to outreach, showcasing the variety of endeavors, we, as instruction librarians take on in the beginning of the school year (or in Anna's case, the end of the summer). ~02:30 --> Jason's updates, including attending an ethics workshop...


Episode 38: The community college perspective

Listen to the podcast (mp3, ~58 minutes) This month we're joined by Julie Cornett, librarian and instructor from Cerro Coso Community College in California. We talk about the particular challenges of managing an instruction program and teaching information literacy at a community college, and how Julie handles being the sole librarian at a 3000 FTE institution with multiple campuses. Becoming confident teachers: a guide for Academic Librarians


Episode 37: Blending Teaching w/ Helping

Listen to the podcast (~64 minutes) We've all been there....the student comes in at the very last moment, looking for "x" number of articles or any information to help them with their paper that is due.....tomorrow. M. Catherine Hirschbiel, who submitted a scenario similar to the aforementioned, joins us this month to discuss the challenges teaching students when they come in for help to find information, specifically in the 11th hour of their research. M. Catherine Hirschbiel is a...


Episode 36: Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning with Char Booth

Listen to the podcast (~62 minutes) Join us for a fascinating, lively discussion as we talk with Char Booth about her book, Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning: Instructional Literacy for Library Educators. Discussion includes becoming a reflective teacher and master of instructional literacy, and how both the book's pedological frameworks and practical worksheets both help inform this process. And we also learn about Char's most embarrassing moment of teaching! Char Booth is the...


Episode 35: The Guide on the Side w/ Meredith Farkas

Listen to the podcast (mp3, ~56 minutes) Jason and Anna are joined by Meredith Farkas to discuss her recent American Libraries' "Technology in Practice" column, The Guide on the Side. Discussion includes the evolution of interactive learning objects, as well as the development and placement of learning objects to achieve learning outcomes and to maximize usage. Meredith is head of instructional services at Portland State University in Oregon. She is also part-time faculty at San José...


Episode 34: Discovery Layers in the Classroom

Listen to the podcast (mp3, ~58 minutes) Rachel and Jason educate Anna about "discovery layers," while the two of them wrestle with the idea of how, when, where, and why discovery layers fit in an instruction session. Note: Please excuse the excessive noise around the 23 minute mark; Anna's 4-year-old felt the need to snuggle with her while recording. Show Notes: GSU’s “Discover” (EBSCO Discovery Service)American University's SearchBoxDiscovery Layer Interfaces via Library Technology...


Episode 33: Love the Cataloger; Hate the Catalog

Listen to the podcast (mp3, ~57 minutes) Rachel, Jason and Anna have the great pleasure of talking Laura McElfresh, the Assistant Director (and Cataloger Extraordinaire) from Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City Library. The conversation includes information tidbits from the book, Magic Search, as well as benefits of collaboration between instruction librarians and catalogers. Note: At about 46 minutes into the show, we say good-bye and thanks to Laura, and we address listener...


Episode 32: Critical skills and strategy

*(Not actually episode 2, as Jason says at the beginning and end of the episode for some reason) Audio note: Rachel's wifi dropped in and out a bit. We think that nothing important was said during the brief pauses! Also, the recording quality improves after the first five minutes or so, so if the audio sounds muddy at first, stick with it. Download the podcast (mp3, ~48 minutes) News: Rachel's upcoming new gig Show Notes: George BooleZoteroInstruction Librarian Boot Camp


Episode 31: You Want to Watch Me Teach????

Listen to the podcast (mp3, ~60 minutes) Catch up with Rachel, Jason, and Anna as they discuss their recent instruction endeavors, as well as the pros and cons of team-teaching and observing our instruction peers. The conversation includes balancing different teaching styles, finding time to observe others, and co-teaching "take aways." ***Spoiler Alert*** The pros greatly outweigh the cons. Show Notes: Instruction Librarian Boot CampWhy DRM Doesn't Work


Episode 30: Putting FUN Back in Fundamentals

Listen to the podcast (mp3, ~60 minutes) Rachel, Jason, and Anna talk with Theresa McDevitt [editor] and Ryan Sittler [contributor] about their recent publication, Let the games begin!: Engaging students with field-tested interactive information literacy instruction. Theresa is a Government Information/Reference Librarian at Indiana University of Pennsylvania Libraries, and Ryan is an Instructional Technology/Information Literacy Librarian at California University of Pennsylvania. We take...


Episode 29: Balancing and Prioritizing the Instruction Load

Listen to the podcast (mp3, ~60 minutes) Rachel, Jason, and Anna share possible strategies instructors can take to relieve instruction-related stress, especially stress revolving around instruction load and setting priorities. The Adventures in Library Instruction trio also discuss programmatic, department-wide strategies to help keep library instructors energized. Show Notes: Instruction Librarian Boot CampWhy it matters how faculty view librariansWhat Students Don't...


Episode 28: She Got Data

Listen to the podcast (mp3, ~58 minutes) Lynda Kellam, Data Services and Government Information Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s University Libraries, joins Rachel, Jason, and Anna to discuss data, data literacy, and instruction. Kellam recently published, Numeric data services and sources for the general reference librarian, which includes a chapter about incorporating statistics and numeric data sources into instruction sessions. Kellam blogs about data...


Teaching Zotero: it's not rocket surgery

Jason's Zotero book is out, and we talk about teaching Zotero and other reference manager programs. (MP3 link: circa 1 hour) Links and notes: Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning: Instructional Literacy for Library EducatorsCirculating Ideas Zotero: A Guide for Librarians, Researchers and EducatorsALA StoreJason's websiteJustin Bieber


Episode 26: Training Sherpas

Listen to the podcast (mp3, ~60 minutes) Rachel, Jason, and Anna discuss Lori Reed and Paul Signorelli's book, Workplace Learning & Leadership: A Handbook for Library and Nonprofit Trainers, specifically how the content and resources relate to instruction librarians. Show Notes: Workplace learning & leadership: A handbook for library and nonprofit trainersT is for TrainingMaster Trainer ProgramNew Jersey State LibraryInfoPeopleALA Learning Round TableZotero: A Guide for Librarians,...


Episode 25: Class Reunion

Our former colleague Erin Mooney from Emory University Library joins us this month. We talk about first-year student orientation, library videos, assessment, LibGuides, Immersion, merging the reference and circulation desk, and pizza parties. Emory Library videos Dooley (Emory's skeletal mascot) on Facebook ACRL Immersion GSU LibraryMP3 (51 minutes, 46 MB)


Episode 24: Geeking Out & Speaking Up

Listen to the podcast (mp3, ~50 minutes) Things we talk about: THATCampComputers in LibrariesKate the Hoosier LibrarianShow Notes: Library camps and unconferences011, MarchPodcasting for professional developmentPowerPoint Slides Quest for Programmatic Information LiteracyZotero course


Episode 23: Google Scholar and Subversion

Listen to the podcast (mp3, ~62 minutes) Anna, Jason and Rachel talk with Iris Jastram from Pegasus Librarian. We discuss how integrate Google Scholar into instruction, how to create and use subversive handouts, and how to "explode" an article while searching. Show Notes: Iris's blog: Pegasus Librarian Google Scholar: Why would undergraduates need those clunky databases anyway? Reading Instrumentally Subversive Handouts Exploding an Article Update: Further comment from Iris


Episode 22: Kicking off 2011 with Catherine Pellegrino

Listen to Episode 22 (mp3, ~49 minutes) Rachel, Jason, and Anna have the great privilege to speak with guest, Catherine Pellegrino, Reference Librarian and Instruction Coordinator at the St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana. Show Notes: Spurious Tuples, Catherine's Blog Library Society of the World LSW FriendFeed Thread re: End of Session Feedback/Evaluation/Value Meaurement LSW on FriendFeedQuickie overview of the assessment tool, "One-Minute Paper" [not just for the large,...


Episode 21: Winging it

Steve Lawson joins us to discuss winging it: low- and no-prep instruction sessions. Links we mentioned: Steve’s blog: See Also…Pegasus Librarian by Iris Jastram The Improbable Source by Wayne Bivens-Tatum (Apologies if some of the audio is slightly rough: in keeping with the theme of the show, Rachel and Jason had to improvise some of their podcasting equipment this month.) MP3 link


Episode 20: The End of Tax Season (for Instruction Librarians)

Listen to Episode 20 (mp3, ~55 minutes) Rachel, Jason, and Anna are ecstatic to have guest, Mary MacDonald, Associate Professor and Head of Instructional Services and Information Literacy Librarian at the University of Rhode Island. Show Notes: University of Rhode Island's Plan for Information LiteracyURI 101: Traditions and Transformations -- Library Experience Session (LibGuide), used in conjunction with the Cephalonian MethodInnovative library induction: Introducing the 'Cephalonian...