We recently had to analyse online information literacy tutorials according to Olof Sundin's typology of approaches: source based, behavioural, process, and communication based. I chose Who's Art Nouveau? by the Leonard Lief Library and Lehman College Art Department at CUNY. This instruction comic fell very much into the process category, but shared elements of the … Continue reading Who’s Art Nouveau?
On Thursday evening we were treated to a superb evening of debate and discussion at the annual Library Forum. The topic was Student as Customer? and the setting was the rather comfy Nash Lecture Theatre at the Strand Campus. As I was fortunate to attend and others won't have been able to, I thought I … Continue reading Student as Customer? Discuss.
This is a short address I gave to an International Women's Day Wikipedia edit-athon on 8th March 2017 at the university where I work, on why Wikipedia matters. We used to say in libraries that if something doesn't appear on the first page of a google results page, it may as well not exist. I … Continue reading Happy International Women’s Day
This is a draft of a blog post I wrote ages ago and shelved because it wasn't quite perfect. In the spirit of Brene Brown and perfect being the enemy of done, I've been going through my drafts to get them published. Following on from news reports in the Mirror and Guardian this morning about a … Continue reading What’s wrong with university?
This is probably a slightly misleading title. There's no way I could cover everything teachers could learn from social workers in just one sitting. But there are a few fundamental things. I'm going to make a few generalisations in the course of this post. Please rest assured I do not believe all social workers are … Continue reading What teachers can learn from social workers.
Last week I taught a session as part of our library staff development programme. Teaching colleagues is always a little strange but this session with Customer Services opened my eyes to the divergent cultures that exist within academic libraries. We have a One Library Service ethos and culture. At least that's emblazoned over everything. Yet … Continue reading Libraries at the juncture
I had a real treat this week with some awesome training around audio recording delivered by a professional voice artist. We decided as a team we needed to do some development work around narrating our elearning modules. So we got it and it was incredible! It also got me thinking about the way I had … Continue reading Maybe TFL have got it right…