Connecting: How Colleges Can Cultivate Students’ Sense of Belonging


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Excerpt: Feeling a connection to their college has been linked to students’ persistence, and even their well-being.

Source: How Colleges Can Cultivate Students’ Sense of Belonging – The Chronicle of Higher Education


The ‘Tree of Life’ welcomes all and roots for diversity and inclusiveness. How about you?

Tree of life and inclusion by Joe Shlabotnik

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HE is no stranger to diversity but how does it fair when it comes to inclusiveness? With so many Ups and Downs; it’s 2018, are we there yet? Please share your thoughts about what you’re hearing (if anything, you’d care to share) around the water cooler surrounding this conversation of the new/old concept known as “inclusive teaching.” Does this method mean, all or all of the same? Any appropriate, constructive, and respectful comments are welcome here. We do LISn to you here.

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The Age of Remote-First “Workplaces” – Ambition & Balance

February 2018

Wherever you are, your work can get done today. Employer LIS trends could include more engagement in online, digital library and information services, along with more expansion in e-learning/distance learning instruction in academia. Keeping that “human-feel,” the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), suggests increasing awareness of our emotional intelligence when it comes to Virtual Reference Services (VRS). 

Is the remote/virtual librarian coming around the 21st Century bend?

Ponder this, if you will;

Can we then be out of the library and still be effective at sustaining relevance and currency to our users wherever we are?

Or do we continue to stay in the library awaiting their arrival in-person or online?

How about a nice balance to both; being the human and the bot!?  Do share. 


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Amplifying Community Engagement


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Happy New Year All!

If you’re anything like me with my New Year Resolutions still intact, keeping our LIS trail innovative is wildly important in 2018 to sustaining user relevancy. Here is one way you can get your life-long learner out to play; with a webcast that is. Why not begin this year with learning a little more about keeping library services innovative? One nimble change is to design more user-centric services; it’s a great start to the new year. Maybe, just maybe, they’ll look up from their phones, devices, or TVs to hear us:).

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Self-Portrait as Book Worm

Art, Books, & Diversity


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This week’s Art Journal Adventure offered a prompt that simultaneously served as a suggestion for overcoming the intimidation of a blank page and that was to use text pages as a starting point, a first layer.  Fear of the blank page is not something I find to be a struggle; my challenge is always finding the time for art and adequate time to develop something to completion, even in my art journal.  I have, therefore, been trying to follow the advice of Sue Clancy and her method of working in short bursts.  I usually try to find a block of 15-20 minutes minimum in which to have a short burst of art time but some weeks I have to work in even shorter gobbets of time.  What I am finding is that even micro bursts are effective in keeping creativity flowing and stopping the art muscles seizing up from rust.

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The First-Year Experience Cookbook – Books / Professional Development – Books for Academic Librarians – New Products – ALA Store


FYE Snippet from ALA:

First-year students face many challenges in adjusting to university life, including making the most of the university library. Librarians are constantly addressing student misconceptions about libraries and locating information, and have been working hard to reach first-year students and create high-impact practices in student retention. The First-Year Experience Cookbook provides librarians with a series of innovative approaches to teaching and assessing information literacy skills during a student’s first year.

Featuring four chapters—Library Orientation, Library Instruction, Programs, and Assessment—and more than 60 practical, easy-to-implement recipes, this book compiles lessons and techniques for you to adapt, repurpose, and implement in your libraries. This Cookbook is essential for all academic and school librarians looking for ideas on how to infuse the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education in their first-year courses and instruction; design and assess effective services and programs, and engage and retain students.

Source: The First-Year Experience Cookbook – Books / Professional Development – Books for Academic Librarians – New Products – ALA Store

Summer Reading Boosts: Sharing some secrets leads to more people visiting our libraries; or does it?

July 4, 2017

Read on as Webmastergirl gives us the scoop on gaining an updated lens of social media hooks to commercialize the library we once knew. Share your thoughts on this or any other article. Comments are always welcome here. 

Excerpt below:

Tell me something… I’m about to tell you something you already know. Those big library events, like Summer Reading, are hard to promote. Every library has at least two of these high-stakes events each year. Libraries spend a significant portion of their budget on the pieces of those big programs. They come with high expectations and goals. They require […]


Webmastergirl. (2017). Three Secrets To Reach a New Audience For Your Library — Super Library Marketing! Great marketing ideas for libraries everywhere.