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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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.

 Is DL now the new IL?

March 31, 2017



Digital Literacy

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You might be familiar with information literacy (IL) but what about digital literacy (DL)? LIS professionals understand, information comes in various formats today from physical/print to electronic/digital, and more recently virtually (more about virtual literacy (VL) as the trend develops). In the higher education (HE) realm, digital literacy needs a little extra TLC it seems.  As “cultivating digital literacy was reported to be one of the six notable challenges impeding the use of technology in higher education for this calendar year (Elemes, 2017) (XBrownClark, 2017).” The blended LIS professional of today has a new hat to wear, now adding digital literacy as an expansion of information literacy. If you are interested in this topic read more below. And as always — comments are welcome.


XBrownClark. (2017) Developing Digital Literacy: Supporting technology-enhanced learning in higher education

Happy New Year: What are you reading?



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Book reviews via Vlogging offer a start to your resolution

With the new year here, putting a reading list together can get a little easier with book review Vlogs. You might find it interesting to learn about books before you tackle your reading list; beyond simply reading a review online.

Vlogs are an active way to finding out more about, either the books you might be interested in, OR there’s a chance you just might learn about some books that you didn’t know you’d like to read, but now it seems possible especially since hearing from someone who read the book directly. If you find you like Vlogging, you never know, you might put together a Vlog of your own, and share the great books you believe that others could also like to read.

Below is a Vlog recommended by a fellow LISer. Some books you might like, some you might not, regardless, get your list going and do share if you’d like to.

Comment below on how you’re doing, or at least on the book you’ve decided to start with.

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Social Media and the Workplace


Have you ever wondered if Social Media (SM) is appropriate while at work, or is it simply the new norm, making this question redundant?  Olmstead, Lampe, and Ellison at the PewResearch Center discuss social media in the workplace, highlighting for readers that “78 % of workers who use social media platforms for work-related purposes say social media is useful for networking or finding new job opportunities.” They also claim that Internet use is on the way out for work related tasks. What does this mean for email? Is SM the new EM? Read more and comment your thoughts if this interests you.


, AND . ( June 2016). Social Media and the Workplace. Pew Research Center.

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Making Meaning in a Multilingual World • Overcoming the Digital Infrastructure Divide:


This blog post highlights the discussions of Lewis & Mallory about digital collaboration today, in spite of language barriers that tend to create what some LIS professionals call, the great ‘digital divide.’ Comment if you are interested in this subject.


Digital Collaboration