Around here, summer’s waning into a beautiful fall. Our classes started August 20th, so incredibly enough we’ve just started Week 5!
As I get back into the busy bustle that is fall semester at IU, I thought I’d share a couple of tidbits for my Reference and Information Services compatriots, to do with open-source image databases.
A few days ago, Janine Henry from UCLA shared an article from the Guardian about Europeana, the main portal for digitized cultural heritage items across the European Union, with art, film, musical recordings, literature, and the like, representing works from over 2,200 cultural institutions. Europeana recently announced that they would open up licensing restrictions on the material, some 20 million items, so that anyone can use the material for any purpose, be it scholarly, commercial or otherwise. Great news!
Things in America are slowly changing too. Yale University, for example announced in May 2011 that they would be foll0wing an Open Access Policy. Earlier this year, the National Gallery of Art has also opened up access to their images.
For more information on how Europeana’s announcement and the current state of digitization among cultural institutions, check out the slides from this lecture. Here’s hoping that this trend will keep gaining momentum!
Image info: Thomas Brown after William Warwick. Eleven different specimen of the family of weasels. Accessed from the Europeana Digital Library. Credit: Wellcome Library, London. http://images.wellcome.ac.uk/indexplus/image/V0020924ER.html (accessed September 17, 2012).
Reference Services Section (RSS) Open House: Meet People and Make Connections at ALA Annual Saturday Morning!
Saturday, June 23 Anaheim Convention Center, Room 203B · 8:00 a.m – 9:00 a.m.
Meet people, make connections, and win a prize!
Join us for the Reference Services Section (RSS) Open House and enjoy coffee and refreshments provided by EBSCO Publishing. You’ll have the opportunity to meet other reference providers and learn about RSS – the RUSA section dedicated to all forms of Frontline Reference. RSS officers and members will be happy to answer your questions and help you get involved so that you find a committee that best matches your interests. Need more encouragement? You’ll be able to form a team and get your chance to win a very special prize!
Following the Open House you are also welcome to find out more about RSS by visiting with any committee during the 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. meetings.
The Reference Services Section (RSS) is a section with the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) of ALA. RSS is the place in ALA for librarians and support staff involved with frontline reference, and for those providing library services to special populations of users. It is a community created by and for frontline reference service providers. Find out more at: http://www.ala.org/rusa/sections/rss and http://www.facebook.com/rss.rusa.
Questions? Email Joe Thompson, RSS Past-Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org.
I came across this article on developing conference presentations – the timing is perfect as ARLIS/NA Conference proposal season has begun!
Rogoschewsky, T. (2011). Developing a Conference Presentation: A Primer for New Library Professionals. Partnership: The Canadian Journal Of Library & Information Practice & Research, 6(2), 1-7.
Check out this free webinar about reference services! Author-supplied description below:
Authority, Connectivity, and Discovery: The Evolving Role of Reference in the Wiki Age
A brief introduction: I am the Interim Head of the Fine Arts Library at Indiana University in Bloomington. My liaison duties include studio, art history, and apparel merchandising and interior design, as well as the curators and staff of the IU Art Museum.
I recently was asked to contribute to a project that IU Libraries started in 2011 that awards grants to professors for integrating information literacy into their courses. We have been calling these Information Fluency Grants – basically, the prof gets $1500 and the library gets to work closely with instructor to redesign the syllabus, learning outcomes, and the structure of assignments. A good deal for everyone, right? The professor gets research money, and we librarians get an exciting opportunity to structure information literacy and research-oriented assignments right in the course itself.
In addition to the professor, these partnerships include the subject librarian (me) and a librarian in the Teaching and Learning Department. The class is called International Textiles and Apparel Trade. My role as the subject librarian is to provide expertise on Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design. However, this class has little to do with apparel, fashion, or design – rather, the content is more to do with international trade and economics. As a librarian with a background strictly in fine arts and art history, this is a little daunting.
So far my fellow librarian in the Teaching and Learning department and I have looked at the grant proposal, syllabus, pre- and post-assessment quiz, and final research assignment. As the class is offered twice a semester, I was able to catch one final class before the semester wrapped up, enabling me to get a snapshot of the kinds of information and the vocabulary commonly used in this field. We are meeting with the professor next week to discuss next steps.
More to come about this project! But in the meanwhile, I’d love to hear your comments!
Originally posted by Anna Simon
My colleague Adam, a Multimedia Instruction Coordinator at the Gelardin New Media Center at
Georgetown University, recently wrote up his observations from the Penny Conference in NY on teaching, creativity, and innovation. It’s a nice reminder that in addition to imparting information, part of our job is to inspire inspiration. You can link to the original post here.
|Dr. Tony Wagner on stage at Penny 2012|
Penny 2012: A reflection on Skillshare.com’s first conference
Last Friday, I attended Skillshare.com‘s first annual Penny Conference in New York. The event was very similar to a TED conference: it consisted mainly of a series of short talks centered around the theme of education innovation. You can view videos of the entire conference by clicking here. They put together quite a diverse panel of speakers: faculty from Harvard and NYU; a restaurateur; a 14-year-old TED veteran and teacher; several entrepreneurs; and a former investment banker who started an organizationto build schools in developing countries.
The afternoon-long gathering was big on ideas and inspiration. This wasn’t the kind of conference where you learn new information or skills. It was all about dreaming big, thinking differently, and pursuing an audacious vision of learning in the 21st century.
I found a lot of inspiration in the talks, but there were a few key themes that really stood out to me. The biggest of these is that learning is, and always has been, driven by human curiosity, as this fantastic videofrom Skillshare illustrates. It was curiosity that drove me to spend hours of my childhood reading the Encyclopaedia Britannica on my friend’s living room floor. Curiosity was the fuel behind the (unfortunately, recently discontinued) NASA Shuttle program, and its predecessor, the Apollo program. Curiosity took Darwin to Galapagos, and led Newton to his principia.
And it’s curiosity, paired with creativity, that leads to innovation. Dr. Tony Wagner from Harvard University called for a shift from a consumer-driven culture to an innovation-driven culture in his talk. And the task of educators in this is to call forth their students’ curiosity and creativity; to create an environment that challenges students to take risks, and rewards those who do. Prof. Kio Stark of NYU pointed out the central role of failure in the learning process, and how penalizing failure handicaps our students’ growth and crushes their curiosity. 14-year-old Adora Svitakemphasized the need for teachers to model and encourage a love for learning in their own lives and in their instruction, because if students develop a love for learning, they will learn more and go further than we can imagine.