Why I Teach

As I begin work on this blog post, I’ve just picked up my third information literacy class for this week.  On Wednesday I’m teaching REL 276, Sunni & Shi’ite Islam.  On Thursday my colleague Cara Evanson and I will work with PSY 303, Behavioral Neuroscience, and on Friday I’ll co-teach MUS 141, World Musics, with fellow librarian Sara Swanson.  I have a research consultation this afternoon and reference shifts on Tuesday and Thursday.  This is why I love being a library director at a liberal … [Read more...]

Ten Minutes

It was Monday afternoon about 2:30.  I needed a quick answer from a colleague, so I stepped out of my office and walked about 40 feet to her office. The one minute conversation turned into ten minutes (not an uncommon occurrence). I hadn’t locked my office, which isn’t unusual.  Many of my colleagues were around, and I wasn’t really thinking about security.  As I worked, my iPad was sitting on my desk in plain view and my laptop was hooked up to the network and external monitor.  My laptop is … [Read more...]

New Era for E.H. Little Library

Monday night, August 25th was the beginning of a new chapter in the life and history of E.H. Little Library.  For the first time, we did not perform our “usual” closing routine for the Library because access is now available for all Students, Faculty and Staff of Davidson twenty-four hours a day, 7 days a week.  We will continue to staff the library Information Desk for the same hours as we have in the past, with no change in patron service.  Patrons may check out items when the library is … [Read more...]

The meaning of more

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In this Information Age, information is both plentiful and scarce. Google can direct you to Web pages and documents on just about any topic, but sometimes the specific article that you want to read or the primary source that you find cited is inaccessible to you or hidden behind a paywall. We are constantly finding references to and traces of more material than we can immediately access. Librarians struggle to answer the need and demand for more: more titles, formats, source types, coverage … [Read more...]

Librarian Bootcamp

Every summer, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) holds a week-long “bootcamp” for instruction and information literacy librarians called Immersion.  It consists of two tracks:  the Teacher Track and the Program Track. A number of librarians here at Davidson have attended the Teacher Track in past years.  Four years ago, I had the opportunity to attend it in Burlington, Vermont.   Teacher Track focuses on learning theories, innovative and inclusive pedagogies, and … [Read more...]