Friday, December 30, 2011

No December episode

Well, we tried -- twice in fact -- but a combination of illness and technical difficulties have pushed our December episode into early January. Have a happy new year, and we'll talk to you in the next couple of weeks.

Anna, Jason, and Rachel

Monday, November 21, 2011

Episode 31: You Want to Watch Me Teach????

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Catch up with Rachel, Jason, and Anna as they discuss their recent instruction endeavors, as well as the pros and cons of team-teaching and observing our instruction peers. The conversation includes balancing different teaching styles, finding time to observe others, and co-teaching "take aways."

***Spoiler Alert***

The pros greatly outweigh the cons. 

Show Notes:

      Thursday, September 29, 2011

      Episode 30: Putting FUN Back in Fundamentals

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      Rachel, Jason, and Anna talk with Theresa McDevitt [editor] and Ryan Sittler [contributor] about their recent publication, Let the games begin!: Engaging students with field-tested interactive information literacy instruction. Theresa is a Government Information/Reference Librarian at Indiana University of Pennsylvania Libraries, and Ryan is an Instructional Technology/Information Literacy Librarian at California University of Pennsylvania. We take the opportunity to discuss the making of the book, the idea behind games in the library classroom, and practical applications for using games in information literacy instructional design.

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      Wednesday, August 31, 2011

      Episode 29: Balancing and Prioritizing the Instruction Load

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      Rachel, Jason, and Anna share possible strategies instructors can take to relieve instruction-related stress, especially stress revolving around instruction load and setting priorities. The Adventures in Library Instruction trio also discuss programmatic, department-wide strategies to help keep library instructors energized.

      Show Notes:
      • Jason's [with Sarah Steiner] Simmons College SLIS continuing education course, Instruction Librarian Boot Camp, coming in November;
      • Pellergino, Catherine. "Why it matters how faculty view librarians." Spurious Tuples (Personal Blog). August 26, 2011).
      • What Students Don't Know - 2-year anthropological study of Illinois libraries studying students' research habits and library interactivity;
      • Library Society of the World FriendFeed discussion about managing instruction loads;
      • Farkas, Meredith. “Tutorials that matter. (Technology in Practice).” American Libraries. (August 10, 2011). [re: integrating learning objects strategically in the discipline curricula] 
      • The Instruction Balance, coordinated by ACRL’s Instruction Section’s Teaching Methods Committee and Education Committee, January 22, 2006, San Antonio, TX [check out the accompanying bibliography -- a bit dated, but some good resources]
      • Picture of Rachel's monkey costume (sans makeup):

      Thursday, August 4, 2011

      Friday, July 29, 2011

      Episode 28: She Got Data

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      Lynda Kellam, Data Services and Government Information Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s University Libraries, joins Rachel, Jason, and Anna to discuss data, data literacy, and instruction.  Kellam recently published, Numeric data services and sources for the general reference librarian, which includes a chapter about incorporating statistics and numeric data sources into instruction sessions. Kellam blogs about data sources at, as well as about her library experiences at

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      Thursday, June 30, 2011

      Teaching Zotero: it's not rocket surgery

      Jason's Zotero book is out, and we talk about teaching Zotero and other reference manager programs.

      (MP3 link: circa 1 hour)

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      Tuesday, May 24, 2011

      Episode 26: Training Sherpas

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      Rachel, Jason, and Anna discuss Lori Reed and Paul Signorelli's book, Workplace Learning & Leadership: A Handbook for Library and Nonprofit Trainers, specifically how the content and resources relate to instruction librarians.

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      Thursday, April 28, 2011

      Episode 25: Class Reunion

      Our former colleague Erin Mooney from Emory University Library joins us this month. We talk about first-year student orientation, library videos, assessment, LibGuides, Immersion, merging the reference and circulation desk, and pizza parties.

      MP3 (51 minutes, 46 MB)

      Thursday, March 31, 2011

      Episode 24: Geeking Out & Speaking Up

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      Things we talk about:
      • Conference debriefings (THATCamp and Computers in Libraries);
      • Crazy ideas regarding technology's role in "next generation" professional development, scholarly communication, and professional contributions;"
      • Rachel's officially blogging her quest for programmatic information literacy;
      • Jason's progress with his all online, asynchronous Zotero course for GSLIS' Continuing Education at Simmons College; and
      • We respond to a listener email from Kate the Hoosier Librarian
      Show Notes:

      Thursday, March 17, 2011

      Jason and Rachel at CiL 2011

      Jason and Rachel will be presenting on "Podcasting for professional development" at Computers in Libraries 2011 in Washington DC next week, with our counterpart Maurice Coleman from the T is for Training podcast.

      We're presenting on the Training and Learning track, session E303 at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, March 23 (we have the second half of the hour).

      Friday, February 25, 2011

      Episode 23: Google Scholar and Subversion

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      Anna, Jason and Rachel talk with Iris Jastram from Pegasus Librarian. We discuss how integrate Google Scholar into instruction, how to create and use subversive handouts, and how to "explode" an article while searching.

      Show Notes:
      Iris's blog: Pegasus Librarian

      Google Scholar: Why would undergraduates need those clunky databases anyway?

      Reading Instrumentally

      Subversive Handouts

      Exploding an Article

      Update: Further comment from Iris

      Friday, January 21, 2011

      Episode 22: Kicking off 2011 with Catherine Pellegrino

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      Rachel, Jason, and Anna have the great privilege to speak with guest, Catherine Pellegrino, Reference Librarian and Instruction Coordinator at the St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana. 

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