My first reaction when hearing about the first all-digital textbook degree program at the UT Rio Grande Valley was “that sounds like a great thing for the students”. But then I got to thinking about it, and now I’m not so sure. There are three problematic areas of an all etextbook program: cost, usage, and… Read More An all etextbook college program? I’m skeptical.
The internet is awash in quizzes of all types, and admittedly they are hard to resist. I’ve noticed a dearth of library-themed quizzes so I’ve taken a stab at creating personality and knowledge quizzes for librarians. On the new Quizzes page, there are three quizzes to start with and I plan to add more later. The… Read More Quizzes now on the blog!
It’s nearly time to take up inventory again this year (exciting) and start picking at that old scab. Our ILS is Koha, hosted by PTFS and it’s not without it’s issues when it comes to inventory. We’re looking at a new inventory process this year that sort of circumvents some Koha functionality in order to hopefully… Read More Misadventures in Koha: Inventory
I feel fortunate that our library is substantially included in our institution’s 3-day orientation weekend for incoming freshmen. We get a one hour session each day with a new group of students and will, theoretically orient all incoming freshmen. From what I’ve gathered, many other academic libraries take what they can get in terms of orientation time… Read More I’d like to brag about our orientation
I have mixed feelings about some of the thoughts and ideas expressed in a recent ACRLog post from Sarah Crissinger about first generation students and/or professionals. In her blog (and other blogs she links to) there is a discussion of the being a first generation college student and how that negatively affects students’ feelings of worth, guilt,… Read More Are we clamoring for the “marginalized” label?
Earlier this summer the library journal named the Ferguson Municipal Public Library as the 2015 library of the year. In the announcement article Library Director Scott Bonner speaks about the library’s approach to community engagement in a way that resonated with me. He says: “I defined the library mission as widely as I could. I wanted… Read More Saying “Yes” too much