Wednesday, March 19, 2008

TeachNotes! No, that's not a typo!

TeachNotes! Yay!

TeachNotes is a new series of talks on instruction topics that Kelly and I (and hopefully, others) will be providing starting in April.

Just like TechNotes (told you it wasn't a typo), these informative, informal talks will be held on Wednesday mornings. To give us a little more time to chatter, we'll go for 45 minutes, starting at 10:30 and running until 11:15. And they'll be bi-weekly, in Room 028.

Here is the schedule for the forseeable future:

April 2, Assessment (Scott)
April 16, Presentation Tips (Kelly)
April 30, Icebreakers (Scott)

As always, if you have an instruction topic that you'd like to hear us (or ideally, you) talk about, let Kelly or I know.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Look! A logo!

I thought that TechNotes needed a logo, so I made one. Here 'tis:

I'm also going to put together a web page with links and information on past topics, as well as a schedule of future topics.

More interesting stuff

The link I gave in the last post was for a blog entitled The Annoyed Librarian, which is a hoot and a half to read, and also makes some very good points about libraries and librarians.

Because it seems everyone is on one search committee or another, you might want to read this post (and especially the comments) to find out about the other side of the process, the red flags that the interviewee might see that keep them from accepting a job.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

An opposing view

Remember the post about Slamming the Boards? Here's a different viewpoint on that particular practice, together with some enchanting exposition on the quality of questions and answers on WikiAnswers.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Reach the e-learning librarian instantly!

I have signed up for several IM accounts, so you can reach me at my computer in the blink of an eye. Here's how to reach me:

If you are using AOL (AIM), then it's: elearnlib
If you are using Yahoo! Messenger, then it's: elearnlib
If you are using MSN Messenger, then it's:

Sensing a theme?

April TechNotes

For the April edition of TechNotes, I thought I'd change things up again, and hopefully this time I'll get the scheduling just right.

I will stick with Wednesdays, but in order to get a larger audience, I will do the same talk twice, at both 9:30 and 4:00, still in Room 026. Hopefully, this will allow a range of people an opportunity to come and learn a little something new.

Here are the dates and topics for April:
April 2 - Podcasts/Vlogs/Flickr
April 9 - Elluminate
April 16 - 30 more sites in 30 minutes
April 23 - Firefox
April 30 - Moodle

As always, let me know if you've got some great new ideas for TechNotes topics!