If you want to learn about library technology, whether past, present, or future, Kenneth J. Varnum is exactly the right person to talk to. Senior Program Manager for Discovery, Delivery, and Library Analytics at the University of Michigan Library, he has more than two decades of experience working with public-facing technology in academic, corporate, and special libraries.
To her many fans, early literacy expert and presenter Betsy Diamant-Cohen needs little introduction. The unique blend of play, activity, music, and reading developed by Diamant-Cohen and known as Mother Goose on the Loose (MGOL for short) has been presented in countless locations across the US.
How do you guide students to move beyond just finding answers and towards critical thinking? It's exactly the approach Michelle Reale outlines in her new book Inquiry and Research: A Relational Approach in the Classroom. An associate professor and head of access services and outreach at Arcadia University, she took some time out from her duties to speak with us about the epiphany behind writing the book, the role of reflective practice in information literacy, and much more.
Since Vicki L. Gregory first published Collection Development and Management for 21st Century Library Collections, it has become a go-to resource for both LIS students and professionals. The new edition cements its status as a classic text on the discipline. So we were thrilled to discuss with Gregory the updates and enhancements she's incorporated into the book. Our interview is below.
As outlined by Thomas P. Mackey and Trudi E. Jacobson, the concept of metaliteracy expands the scope of traditional information skills (determine, access, locate, understand, produce, and use information) to include the collaborative production and sharing of information in participatory digital environments (collaborate, produce, and share) prevalent in today's world.
Someone is asking if you might suggest a good suspense novel with a strong female point of view. Oh, they also like to read horror stories now and then — but they'd prefer to avoid books of the blood-and-guts variety. Armed with one of the Psychological Suspense Resources for Readers pamphlets, you quickly suggest Black-Eyed Susans, by Julia Heaberlin and The Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley Jackson. And guess what? You're an RA hero!
In her new book Your Technology Outreach Adventure: Tools for Human-Centered Problem Solving, Erin Berman dives into how to use design thinking skills to undertake technology-based outreach. Based on her team's experiences at San José Public Library, which ranged from videomaking in a skate park to e-readers for seniors, she simplifies the process by showing ways that libraries can try out ideas quickly and learn from missteps.