Monthly Archives: May 2014

Episode #041–Net Neutrality Revisited: The Reckoning

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Dustin and Tegan revisit Net Neutrality and all that has happened since the Appeals Court threw out the FCC’s rules in January. This is an important issue of Accessibility and Intellectual Freedom that librarians must understand and attempt to shape.

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Resources we discuss:

Science Friday

PCWorld

Scientific American

The Wall Street Journal

The Huffington Post

Episode #040–Tod Robbins, Corporate Librarian, Technological Titan, and Bon vivant

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Dustin and Tegan are joined by Tod Robbins, Creative Libraries Utah’s other new editor. Tod is the Digital Assets Manager for Boncom and a graduate of the University of Washington’s iSchool (trademark Apple.) We discuss Tod’s job at an advertising agency, his experience at school, and some cool projects that librarians can get involved in.

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Resources we discuss:

Boncom

LocalWiki

Episode #039–Adriana Parker, Instruction Librarian for J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah

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Dustin is joined by Adriana Parker, an instruction and reference librarian from the Marriott Library at the University of Utah and the newest editor of Creative Libraries Utah. They talk about summer at an academic library and working with Engineering, English, and Gender Studies students. They also discuss the amazing Workshops program at the Marriott Library that is coordinated by Adriana and the future of Creative Libraries Utah.

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Resources we discuss:

Marriott Library Workshops Homepage

ULA Great Issues Forum: Secure Privacy

New Kid on the Block

NKOTB Forever, you guys. (Citation below.)

When I walked into that fateful ILEAD session at the 2014 ULA Conference, I never could have predicted that it would bring me here, as a contributing editor, just a few days later. I mean, yes, I did send an email within minutes of Dustin saying that he was on the look-out for additional editors, but my imagination is really pretty shabby. So, first things first, I want to thank Dustin Fife and my fellow editors for letting me participate in this project (and share important photos of heart throbs from the 1990s).

Now, down to business. My name is Adriana Parker, and I’m an instruction librarian at the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah. I earned a Master of Library and Information Science from Drexel University in 2007 (Go, Dragons!) and began teaching at the Marriott Library shortly after. My background, pre-library school, was in writing and editing, and I worked for several years in the private sector as a proposal writer. (That means that whenever I write a sentence fragment, you know that it’s willful and especially egregious.)

While I peddle my wares all over campus, I work primarily with our first-year engineering students. We have a great first-year cohort program at the U of U, and librarians are well-embedded into it. I get ten classes with these undergrads over the course of the academic year and help guide them through research for two major projects–one focusing on how to assess sustainable technologies and the other on literary research. It’s a real dream-come-true kind of scenario to be given so much time with a particular group of undergrads, as well as the ability to experiment with information literacy instruction in order to discover what works. I’ve also managed to weasel my way into the English Department and Gender Studies Program. For these reasons and a few others, I’m excited to be part of a community that values resource-sharing–especially those that are related to information literacy–and exchanging ideas. Plus, you’re a captive audience for my lame jokes.

Please feel free to contact me to talk shop any time (before bedtime, of course). You can reach me here or at [email protected]

(Image credit: Preston, Neal. “New Kids on the Block Circa 1989.” Photograph. People. New Kids on the Block Stage Comeback, 26 Jan. 2008. Web. 10 May 2014.)

Episode #038–Utah Library Association Annual Conference Wrap Up

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Tegan and Dustin wrap up their experiences at the 2014 annual Utah Library Association Conference; and this time not from the front seat of a car. They talk about the enchanting Nathan Hale and the many opportunities and ideas that come from attending conferences.

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Resources we discuss:

ULA Program Handouts

ILEAD USA 2015 Leadership Program

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Applications: http://heritage.utah.gov/library/2015-ilead

Innovative Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover (ILEAD): The 21st Century Technology and Leadership Skills Institute for the States

The primary goal of ILEAD is to implement national programs that develop the knowledge, skills and abilities of library staff members who will apply participatory technology tools to understand and respond to users needs. ILEAD was designed to help library staff understand and respond to user needs through the application of participatory technology tools and the creation of an easy-to-replicate model program.

More information: http://heritage.utah.gov/library/ilead

Utah Library Association Conference Program Handouts

 

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Program presentations and handouts have begun to be posted from last week’s 2014 ULA Annual Conference. It was a great conference. If you saw an idea you liked or want to catch up on presentations that you missed, please follow the link.

Program Handouts

Teen Programs That Work | Murray Library

Check out the myriad of program ideas presented at the 2014 Utah Library Association by Lindsay Roylance & Marilyn Hurlow. A big thank you to them for sharing!!

Teen Programs That Work Edited  [ powerpoint presentation ]

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