Thursday, January 25, 2007 fun

Here's another reason why looking up sites on is so much fun. I found a cute little brainstorming site called this afternoon. It's pretty easy to use, it's free, and it's web-based, which makes me hope it takes off or at least lasts a little while. At least long enough for Google to take it over.

(apologies, x-posted to Reference Blog)

Friday, January 19, 2007


Hey everyone, I'm Devin, the new librarian-information literacy coordinator and just wanted to say I'm happy to be here and am glad to see that y'all have been implementing some great things, with the blogs, IM, the tutorial, etc. I'm looking forward to working with all of you and learning from you, which will likely happen quite a bit. I've been really impressed with what I've seen so far, and you all have been wonderful in helping me get situated.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Gearing up for the New Semester, and the Future

Check out this recent post on the Information Literacy Weblog (thanks, y'all) that discusses (and links to) the Horizons 2006 report, where I found this article on RSS feeds used as a research aid . The report is extremely interesting, read it if you have a chance. I am very curious how some of these new technologies will be used in IL. Some of them seem fairly obvious, like educational gaming and wikis and such. The section on using cellphones is particularly interesting, in light of the new iPhone announcement. Treo Smartphones and T-Mobile Sidekicks have been around, but with the seeming ubiquitousness of iPods on campus, I can easily envision a day when the white earbuds are all connected to iPhones.

In other news, everyone on campus is gearing up for the new semester, which starts next Tuesday. We've got some new things going on for us as well. Our General Information Literacy Tutorial is completed. We're also offering Drop-In Orientations the first two weeks of the semester.

Monday, January 8, 2007

SMART Board!

Room 101, our information literacy classroom, is now equipped with a SMART Board, an interactive whiteboard. IL librarians attended an all day training to learn unique features and incorporate SMART Board into our teaching sessions. It's really cool!

Thursday, January 4, 2007

Inaugural Post

Happy new year, and welcome to the Alkek Library Information Literacy blog. We'll be keeping up with interesting developments in the field and also be discussing issues and news related to our own developing Information Literacy initiative.