Wednesday, May 26, 2021
From the Hidden Brain podcast, May 17, 2021:
Psychologist Daniel Kahneman says there are invisible factors that distort our judgment. He calls these factors “noise.” The consequences can be found in everything from marriage proposals to medical diagnoses and prison sentences. This week on Hidden Brain, we consider how to identify noise in the world, and in our own lives.
Monday, May 17, 2021
Wolters Kluwer recently sponsored a webinar on Creating Effective Videos for Libraries. Ned Potter is a lively and animated speaker and an expert on marketing library services.
Why make library videos? In whatever, library you work in, our users on on YouTube. This is the preferred method of learning something new. They do it all the time ...
But you also have to ask: Is video always the appropriate medium? No -- Sometimes a screenshot with explanatory text is the best option.
Potter goes through the library video archetypes citing pros, cons, and requirements for making each. He also provides case studies and examples, with ideas on what tools will help you do it, too -- with or without a budget.
Library Video Archetypes:
- Pastiche (Parody / Tribute)
- The Virtual Tour
- Explainer Videos
- Study with Me
Hint: It's easier than it used to be to make a video.
Some of the tools mentioned in the video:
- Adobe Spark
- Video Scribe
- PowerPoint (Who knew ppt could do so much?)
The biggest surprise for me (and Ned Potter) was the Study-with-Me video. These are long-form videos, where you simply record the usual sites and sounds of the Library. No script, no central character. Turns out, some people really love having something like this in the background as white noise to help them focus and study. It is especially appreciated when people couldn't get to their library in person during the pandemic.
Friday, May 14, 2021
From NPR, a look at "The Disinformation Dozen"
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
"Since the beginning of time, people have used plants to cure illnesses and treat wounds. In previous centuries, medicinal gardens were carefully cultivated and the knowledge of their healing properties passed on to succeeding generations.
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
- Xou Le Va Vang of UW-Parkside Library in Kenosha
- Brenda Fay of Aurora/Advocate Health Care Libraries in Milwaukee
Monday, May 10, 2021
"You know that little pink thing nestled in the corner of your eye? It’s actually the remnant of a third eyelid. In humans, it’s vestigial, meaning it no longer serves its original purpose. There are several other vestigial structures in the human body, quietly riding along from one of our ancestor species to the next. But why have they stuck around for so long? Dorsa Amir investigates."
Thursday, May 6, 2021
- FREE online training about evidence-based practice (EBP)
- Aimed at Acute and Ambulatory Care Nurses
- Earn up to 7 FREE CEUs for completion of the course
- Open to ANYONE interested in learning more about EBP.
The Syllabus covers:
- Evidence Based Practice Overview
- Searching PubMed
- Online Resources
- Appraising the Evidence
- Translating the Evidence
- Learning, Leadership, & Professionalism
- Sharing the Evidence
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Monday, May 3, 2021
Our keynote speaker at The 2021 WHSLA Web Conference will feature Jolene Miller
June 16, 2021 at 10:00 - 11:30 am
Keynote: Turning the mental, physical, and electronic page: Applying reflective practice to change management with Jolene Miller.Description: "We all reflect on our work as librarians, but informal reflection doesn't always result in improvement. Keynote speaker Jolene Miller will introduce us to reflective practice (a more intentional and structured way to reflect on situations at work), with a focus on coping with change.
Jolene M. Miller, MLS, AHIP, is Director of the Mulford Health Science Library and an Assistant Professor of Library Administration at the University of Toledo.
9:30 am – Lobby opens
9:45 am – Welcome, housekeeping, introducing the keynote
10:00-11:30 am – Keynote: Turning the mental, physical, and electronic page: Applying reflective practice to change management with Jolene Miller
Description: "We all reflect on our work as librarians, but informal reflection doesn't always result in improvement. Keynote speaker Jolene Miller will introduce us to reflective practice (a more intentional and structured way to reflect on situations at work), with a focus on coping with change. She will talk about the varied ways to engage in reflective practice and guide us through a brief reflective writing experience and reflective conversation. Reflective practice is a transformative strategy for all librarians, regardless of position, type of library, or time in the profession."
11:30 pm - 1:00 pm – Lunch break
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm– My Favorite Tech Learn about WHSLA members’ and conference attendees’ favorite tech. This session features quick three-minute presentations to introduce you to the tech (software, apps, gadgets, accessories) that is making our work or personal lives more efficient, more organized, or just more fun! (register in advance to present at this session)
2:00 - Break
2:15 pm - 3:15pm – WHSLA Sharing Roundtable
3:15 pm – Break
3:30-4:00 – MLA Update
4:00 pm – Closing
- Is there a piece of technology that's making your work life simpler
- or your personal life more organized?
- Is there an app or a gadget that you recommend to everyone, even if they don't ask?
- You have 3 minutes to present (We'll be strict on time, so practice!)
- You can use PowerPoint slides
- NO live demonstrations of the tool
- Only 1 person can present on each tech.
- You must be a WHSLA member or be registered for the meeting
- Why is it your favorite tech?
- What does it do?
- How much does it cost?
- Who is it for?
- Why is it better than the competition?
- How much time does it take to learn?
- No abstracts, no rubrics, no judging -- you're in!
- Space is limited to the first 18 who sign up.
The My Favorite Tech session is scheduled to run at The 2021 WHSLA Web Conference on June 16 at 1 pm CST.