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2014 Spring Conference Notes

posted Jun 12, 2014, 8:01 PM by Rowena McKernan   [ updated Jun 13, 2014, 12:03 PM by Ben DeCrease ]

By Andrea Gillaspy from Lower Columbia College

Quick Thoughts, from Bellingham Technical College – they got a grant for digital literacy, which has allowed them to create a suite of 1-shot courses for the business community, as well as for community users, students and faculty.  This suite of 1-shot courses includes:  collaborating tools (hangouts, skype, elluminate), cloud drives (, skydrive), cloud word processing ( and others), MSIT and several other options.  They created a libguide specifically for this digital literacy program  They have GOOD publicity, including the campus reader boards.

Whatcom CC was looking to redesign their library, so they put a whiteboard near the circulation desk with two questions:  Why are you here?  and What do we need to help you better?  They got a lot of good advice, and acted on it to rearrange their library. Takeaway- no matter what you THINK they want, the best way to find out what your students need is to ASK them. 

Keynote Speaker  Andrew Hersh Tudor spoke about Primo and Alma implementation.  History is required here:  20 years ago, the ctcs decided to go together to purchase Voyager, and share the technical slupport for the individual systems they would be running.  The shared support agency was ORCA.  LCC did not buy into this.  Since that time, library automation systems have moved on, and are primarily cloud based.  Voyager is out of date.  The LMDC (changed its name, LLC) would like to get a new statewide system.  There are some matching funds, if they do this quickly enough.

A system has been tentatively selected.  Instead of Voyager, it will probably  be ALMA.

However, one thing everyone looks for now is a simple search engine – rather than look in the catalog for books, the database for articles, another database for films, let’s get it all together. This is called “single search”.  Several places offer this.  This search place sits “on top” of the catalog or library automation system.  Hopefully, it can find items in your catalog system, in your databases, and pull them all together.

This simple search engine has also been selected.  It is called PRIMO.  Implementation of Primo came first, and several libraries already have PRIMO.  They are having trouble with it.  Some places have more trouble than others.  The students do not have as much trouble as the librarians, who know what they want it to do, and it may not do that.

Andrew’s presentation focused on helping us to clearly see the problem, and consider ways to work towards a solution.  He brought us tools including – identifying whether something is a problem or not,  reframing the way you look at the issue, the way you interact with other people about the issue.

Information Literacy as a Core Learning Ability:  Two librarians (Sally Sheedy, Kiki Tommila) from Whatcom talked about how they got their school to identify Information literacy, along with critical thinking, numeracy, communication, and global awareness, as Core Learning Abilities to be assessed campus-wide.  Information Literacy is the FIRST of their 5 core learning abilities.  Big steps on their route to establishing information literacy were:  getting involved in the Assessment Committee, getting on the Curriculum Committee, and having the pre-existing statewide and ACRL information competencies we have been developing  for 8 years.