Technology Lending Program update

Last October I reviewed the exciting news on this blog that our library was awarded grant funds to create a Technology Lending Program.  Since then we’ve purchased the cameras and equipment,  and cataloged and organized all the pieces. Thanks to our film instructor W. Clay for his help in recommending all the equipment. Kudos also go out to Patty Wong’s Grant Writing course at San Jose State’s iSchool which helped me to write the application. Now comes the hard part: Writing the the policies and procedures, asking our beta testers to give us feedback, testing the process, and then repeating the process until we get it right.  Luckily, we have some examples of other colleges who’ve been through the process and we are happy to give them credit here. Portland Community College’s Technology for Checkout program was a great motivator. LibGuides from Claremont Colleges was very extensive and set the bar for us.  Last but definitely not least,  and where the ultimate bar was set is the NCSU Libraries’ Technology Lending Program.

I’ll be spending most of August working on the policies. Luckily I found this fabulous book  by Sander, Mestre and Kurt published in 2015:

book cover of Going Beyond Loaning Books to Loaning Technologies

Stay tuned!

Reaching beyond the campus: Part II

banner for Exhibit on Thinking Money
ALA’s Thinking Money Exhibit Banner

This is a brief follow-up to my post in December on my college library’s collaboration with the local public library on the Thinking Money exhibit. The exhibit ended in April and as a first-time collaborative project, I think it went pretty well. The college library acted as the go-between in setting up a college financial aid workshop at the public library for local high school students.  The college library created a “matching exhibit” on financial literacy for our students with handouts and flyers for related workshops and books at the public library. While the public library’s emphasis was on junior high and high school students, we made sure that we had offerings specifically for young adults/college students.  This was a first step in collaborating with the local public library and we are looking forward to more opportunities where we can build on our mutual strengths.

Reaching beyond the campus: First steps

In my quest to continue my blog writing after the Info 287 class, I decided to write about a recent exciting development that I hope will serve as a case study for “hyperlinking” between public and community college libraries. A branch of the county library located less than a mile from my college campus, was awarded the opportunity to host the traveling exhibition titled, “Thinking Money” created by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation and the American Library Association to arrive in late March through April 2017. The exhibit will travel to a total of 50 U.S. public libraries to “ teach tweens, teens and their parents, caregivers and educators about financial literacy topics such as saving, spending and avoiding fraud in a way that is not only understandable, but fun” (ALA website).

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Reflecting on the Hyperlinked Library class

In thinking back on our time together this semester, I find myself going back to past readings and lectures as I encounter certain issues at work.  This class has a made me much more sensitive, empathetic and thoughtful in my daily routine.  I can be in the middle of a meeting, or talking to a fellow staff member and, suddenly, I remember something that I read that can apply to the situation.  This begs the question: What did I do before this class?

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Reflection: The Hyperlinked Academic Library

Academic libraries today are important laboratories for student experimentation and creativity. Creating an environment that is conducive to student learning and success is a benchmark that many libraries have achieved within the last decade. Northwestern University’s libraries engaged in a participatory design exercise with input from design school students, staff and faculty. The final design submitted by the design students was very similar to the designs submitted by the architects. This is a great example of what we’ve been talking about all semester: Transparency and user-centered design are key features of the hyperlinked library.

In my library, we have just invited the Interior Design Club to evaluate our technical processing area to see how it can be streamlined for better workflow. While this area is not a public space, the fact that we seek assistance from our students sends a message that we welcome student input on library decision making.

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Virtual Symposium: I’ve Come a Long Way…

I used Adobe Spark to create my Virtual Symposium.  It was my first time using it, and as a free Adobe tool, it was pretty good. I missed all the editing tools though. It is a good tool if you want to create something visually pleasing quickly — especially on your mobile device. This was created using my desktop.


Note:  Attributes to photos are in the text version

Reflection 4: Possibilities for partnership

The concept of libraries as a space for infinite learning was a catchphrase from the lecture that inspired me, but it wasn’t until I saw that photo of the butcher dividing a side of beef in the Kansas Library’s community room that it made an impact.  It took me out of my comfort zone, but I’m now grateful for the visual because it got me thinking about ways in which I could introduce unexpected types of learning at an academic library.

Here I will focus on two areas from the readings:  What activities could be brought to the library to make it a space for infinite learning and how do we manage these activities going forward?

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Emerging Tech Planning: Digital Media Lab

Goals/Objectives for Technology or Service:

To create a digital media lab located in a community college library / success center. This will:

  1. Expand student access to digital creation tools
  2. Allow the opportunity for students to develop a strong skill set in using these tools to successfully complete class projects and prepare them with basic 21st century skill sets.

Description of Community you wish to engage:

The library wishes to engage the college’s instructors and students in a new way of learning. First by convincing instructors of the importance of teaching digital fluency to students and second, by supplying our students with the necessary equipment, software and training to successfully complete their course work. The Library and Student Success Center are supporting both the mission and a core competency of the college. It will support the mission by making available key tools that “support students along their pathways” to transfer and career goals. The Digital Media Lab (DML) also aspires to help our students meet one the college’s institutional learning outcomes: Technological Competency: The ability to identify, use or describe contemporary technologies specific to academic and/or workplace settings.

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