Library News, Teaching Tools!

This week…..first some library news, then some teaching tools!

1) LibQUAL+� is coming!
LibQUAL+� is a survey developed by the Association of Research Libraries. The purpose of the survey is to provide libraries with an effective method to measure the quality of library service based on the perceptions of students, faculty and staff. (In other words, it�s your chance to tell us what you really think of us library people and all our library stuff!) The LibQUAL+� Survey will be sent to students, faculty and staff at Mohawk College beginning February 28th! And the fun part? There will be a launch party on March 2nd during Common Hour! More info.

2) Liven up your lunch hour!
A series of lively lunch hour sessions is being offered by the Library @ Mohawk. Learn how to evaluate web information like a master, create a dazzling APA style bibliography and search like a searching demon all in the time it takes to scarf down a sandwich! (Prizes for the most creative sandwich�just joking.) More info.

3) Liven up your social life!
…depending on how you define “social life”. The library�s IM project is now in full swing! You can now chat online with library staff standing by Monday � Friday 8:30am � 9:00pm and Saturday and Sunday, 8:30am- 5:00pm. Reach us through MSN or Yahoo at: librarymohawk or ICQ at: 198032612. Have a quick library-related question (hours, loan periods, holds)? Need a quick pointer to the catalogue or a database? Chat with your local library person!

4) Research Survival Redux
The Library @ Mohawk Research Survival Guide has been updated! If you�re looking for a quick and dirty guide to research, this is it!

5) Blogging bonanza
Last week a faculty member asked me to help set up a blog for his class. Why blog? Blogs provide a quick and easy way to push news to students and to encourage interaction (note the little �comments� link beneath my postings which means anyone can comment on what they read here) and well, I�ll admit it, it�s also rather hip to blog! 🙂 If you too would like to join the blogging biosphere and set up your own class blog, please drop me a line, as I�m happy to help! Here are some resources in case you have no idea what I�m nattering on about:
A presentation from Geoff Harder and Randy Reichhardt at Cameron Library, University of Alberta
and their article in Dispatch (page 13)
A blog about blogs in education: weblogg-ed

6) Just in time for Oscars: online movies!
Just read at Syllabus, that Texas A&M has selected Camtasia Studio from TechSmith Corp., as the campus standard online screen recording tool. Why is this interesting? Because that is what the Library chose two years ago! But it might also be of interest to any faculty out there who are investigating the creation of online tutorials using screen recorders. There are a few other products out there as well such as Macromedia�s Captivate, Qarbon’s Viewlet Builder, and many more. Syllabus also offers a great guide to Presentation Technologies on Campus .
These won�t be nominated for any Oscars but if you�re looking for examples of what screen recording software can do, check out the Library�s movies here. Look in the third column for the links beside the note �Flash movie�. The benefit of using screen recording software is that you don’t need to know Flash and you can learn to record a movie in less than an hour!

One Response to Library News, Teaching Tools!

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hey Jenn,

    Just wanted you to know that I’ve been reading the Blog and getting some useful tips. One site that I use often and recommend to students is Answers.com.

    Kathy

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