Thing 5: My experience with Screencast-O-Matic

For this exercise, I decided to create an instructional video for faculty at my college on how to schedule a library orientation using our LibCal app.  Getting the faculty to fill out a form instead of calling me directly has been like herding cats, but they are getting better 🙂  LibCal from Springshare helps keep track of the scheduling while I focus on the content that needs to be covered in the session.

After uploading to YouTube, I realized I needed to add a bit more text to the transitions and some pauses.  Two more false starts later, and this is what I have.  I wanted to keep it as short and sweet as possible yet not bore my viewers to death!  It was fun and I can imagine getting a lot better at this with practice.

I would love any comments/feedback on this very quick instructional video:

Thing 4: Communicating Visually

In this week’s Rudai 23 lesson, I tried a few graphic editors recommended in Rudai23’s Thing 4.    This is the kind of lesson that can be a lot of fun if you experiment and are open to being very creative.  I can see me using PhotoFunia a lot when posting fun shots on my library’s Instagram account.

PhotoFunia is an app that allows you to take your stored photos on your phone and create fun images and backgrounds with them.  To test it, I found a photo one of my colleagues had sent to me of students using our new acoustic pod study rooms.  I opened the photo in PhotoFunia and chose a billboard background. I was able to give it a caption, but it could only be about 24 characters. After testing a few captions, I finally came up with one that fit the space, but there’s a darn light pole smack in the middle of the photo  giving it an air of authenticity (I guess) but totally blocking my content.  Oh well, it still looks pretty good, I think:

photo of students working in a room placed on a city billboard.
My photo on a PhotoFunia billboard with light pole!

I then tried Quik, an app that allows you to make short videos out of the photos and videos stored on your phone.  My first attempt was a complete disaster, IMHO.  I used the highlight tool thinking it would give a slo mo effect over that section of the video,  but instead it cut the video to focus on that specific segment.  So, for my second try, I ignored the highlight tool all together, added some new text, and now have a lovely video of my Godchild:

screenshot of little girl swimming
video made with Quik

Lots of fun, and I can think of many ways to use these tools to spruce up some social media content at my library. Thanks Rudai23!

Thing 3: Fun with photographs

I’ve just had a thoroughly enjoyable time browsing the National Library of Ireland and the New York Public Library’s Flickr sites of public domain photographs.  Rudai 23’s Thing 3 introduced me to new photography sites that have  Creative Commons licensing permissions including one called Pixabay.  Typically, I go directly to the Creative Commons site and search there, but Thing 3 taught me how to go directly to Google Images and Flickr to search for CC images.

For this task, I decided to look for images in the Public Domain from my grandparents’ hometowns in Ireland and their newly adopted homes in New York City. After a bit of hunting and pecking at the National Library of Ireland’s Flickr site, I found images of both of my grandmothers’ hometowns. Glengarriff is a lovely village in County Cork where my maternal grandmother Mary Agnes  grew up.

photo of a stone tower on a rocky coast.
Garinish Island Tower, Glengarriff, Cty. Cork, Ireland. Public Domain, Nat’l Library of Ireland

Edgeworthstown, County Longford, is close to where my paternal grandmother Molly grew up.

looking down main street, black & white photo,
Main St., Edgeworthstown, Cty. Longford, Ireland. Circa 1920s. Public Domain, Nat’l Library of Ireland










Both of them emigrated to New York City in the mid-1920’s to live with cousins who had already migrated several years earlier.  Here are a few photos of New York in the 1930s–by which time both of them were married with kids of their own. Thanks to the NYPL Flickr site for these photos.

street scene of brownstones with skyscrapers in background
Willow & Poplar Streets, Brooklyn, looking east to Manhattan circa 1936. Public Domain, New York Public Library





a street scene of billboards, decorative lights and old cars.
Oak & New Chamber Sts., Manhattan, circa 1935. Public Domain, New York Public Library


Getting started with the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy

Photo looking upward into buidling scaffolding
photo by Dayne Topkin, Unsplash

I’ve pretty much stayed on the sidelines for much of the discussion and debate surrounding the Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education since it was first unveiled in 2016. Early on, there was some discussion on the merits of updating the old 2000 Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, but now as I’ve had a chance to digest the Framework (or at least read about it), it’s time to embrace those pieces of it that can be integrated into my local IL curricula. I’m about to embark on revamping the student learning outcomes of my institution’s credit-bearing information literacy class. At the same time, I’m deciding on how to introduce the Framework to subject discipline faculty who come to the library for one-shot sessions. I’ve already found some very relevant examples online and in the literature. I know this is not an exhaustive list — it is top heavy in sources from the Northern Hemisphere.  I’d like to find additional international sources. If you can recommend some, please do.  I’m really trying to find resources that will help folks like me get started, not every article ever written.  I know I’m late to the party, but I’m hoping that I can contribute my experiences through this blog.


  • 23 Framework Things allows you to work through self-paced modules on the 23 aspects of the Framework sponsored by the Minnesota Library logo for 23 framework thingsAssociation. The 23 Framework Things will stay active after the prize eligibility and progress tracking ends on February 1, 2018.


Framework quote: "The Framework Toolkit is intended as a freely available professional development resource that can be used and adapted by both individuals and groups in order to foster understanding and use of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. "

Open Access Assignments:

  • ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Sandbox is full of assignments and activities that librarians and subject discipline faculty have submitted to help colleagues many of which are licensed to share.
  • Project CORA (Community of Online Research Assignments). A resource of Project Cora logo: CORA letters over a book graphicopen access assignments for librarians and subject discipline faculty developed by the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium.

Community College Lens:

International Perspectives:

Open Access Journal Articles:  Open Access logo: illustration of a padlock that is open.


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!