Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Congratulations to ENG 109 our Embedded Librarian Survey Winners!

Did you take a class that had an embedded librarian? If so, you probably received an email a few weeks ago asking you to fill out our online survey. The class who had the most completed surveys would receive either breakfast or lunch on us. With almost 60% completing our survey, ENG 109 were the winners and received lunch from the library during their final class last week.

Congratulations once again to our survey winning class and thank you to all of you who completed our survey. Your responses help us to keep growing and improving our embedded librarian program.

Monday, May 12, 2014


You know the Miami 2020 Plan is in place and guiding curriculum development and institutional priorities.  It highlights learning and discovery, inquiry-based experiential learning, immersion of faculty and students in research and creative scholarship, global engagement, and e-learning.

What may be news is that the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has a task force in place to revise its 2000 standards.  Discussion of the draft:  Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education  will continue at the American Library Association annual meeting, June 2014.  The revision shifts emphasis to metaliteracy and threshold concepts (knowledge practices or abilities).  Today’s students are creators and curators of information, expected by employers to collaborate in teams to produce digital projects.  Your Gardner-Harvey Librarians have the privilege of facilitating a Discussion Forum for the national membership of ACRL’s instruction section this June.  The new framework will be implemented in 2015. 

What does this mean for me and how will it impact the courses I teach? 

You may wish to redesign one or more of your course research assignments in the next year.  One of the Gardner-Harvey librarians would be pleased to assist you in this effort or provide metaliteracy instruction in a format that meets your students’ needs, whether first-generation, non-traditional, international…

Librarians are glad to offer in-class instruction or Learning Management System Embedded Librarianship or Research Consultations.  Simply start the conversation by contacting us this summer or next fall.  We are happy to collaborate with you to strengthen students’ understanding of issues and skills related to the complex information ecosystem.

Monday, May 05, 2014

Library materials added in April

To bring you up to date on what has recently been added to the collection, a new materials list is now available that reflects additions during April. We added 122 books, DVDs, and other items during that time, thanks to your selections and suggestions. The list is sorted by call number, with items grouped roughly by subject area.  

This tag will show you all of the prior lists of new materials, in reverse chronological order.

It is a pretty eclectic and interesting list, as always, but there's something missing from it.  What's missing?  The book or DVD or whatnot that you or our students need!  Is something missing from our collection that you or others might use?

If you have a suggestion of something to order, please use our online request form, email Jennifer Hicks or one of our other staff members, or drop by the library with your request.  We are closing out our requests for this fiscal year, but could order it once our new budget year begins in July.  We have added 856 items so far this year.

Thanks again for keeping our collection vibrant and your information needs met!

Friday, May 02, 2014

Coffee is coming (and tea, hot cocoa, and lemonade)!

The Library will offer free coffee, tea, hot cocoa, and lemonade all during finals week, starting on Monday, May 12th.  It will be set up in our entrance area from roughly 8:00am to 9:00pm, Monday through Thursday, and from 8:00am to 5:00pm on Friday.  Please drop on by and enjoy a cup!  

It's our way of making your last minute studying and paper/project preparation a bit more relaxing.  Thanks for being a part of our library community!