Meeting with a prof about his first library instruction session led to discussion of what the need actually is, led to him brainstorming about including me as a lab component for the research methods class they are designing for the major. W00t w00t baby!
If anyone happens to know of any recent Summon vs Primo comparisons that'd be fantastic. Also my lit search is making me ponder the pros/cons of convincing Google to sell libraries API access to Scholar so we could roll our own discover layer.
So frustrated. We bought journal packages. Cancelled indices. Bought Summon. Now, we cancel journal packages. We've destroyed the notion of access, and in the process we are completely screwing researchers.
Just spent the weekend revisiting 10 webinars from the "Information Literacy in the Age of Web-Scale Discovery" (you can see it on Serialssolutions website under webinars), after watching live stream of http://summonil2013.wordpress.com/
Have academic peeps already seen the JISC Academic Database Assessment Tool? http://adat.crl.edu/ It lets you compare database coverage and database/ebook platform features. Also lets you search by journal title to see where something is indexed (which I know you can do in Ulrich's, but this seems a little more straightforward).
Do you have an interesting, hands-on activity for teaching about plagiarism and/or citation that you're willing to share? This great thread from a while ago http://friendfeed.com/lsw... has me thinking about how to better approach requests from faculty who expressly want me to address this.
I've been working 12-15 hour days for several months trying to get the technology in place to open our new library on Jan 2nd. If you wanna see what the technology library of the future is like, here's a quick video from a few months ago. It just covers some highlights. I'll post some current pix as we get closer....
Reading something on the downsides of instructional screencasts just made me ponder instead creating step-by-step guides with each step consisting of text plus an animated gif. This strikes me as such a probably-terrible idea that I couldn't resist sharing.