In November of 2012, I posted about my ongoing research concerning the Learning 2.0 model and its application to mobile devices. Since then, the “Mobile 23 Things” program has grown and evolved, following in the footsteps of the original incarnation.
I was excited to present a paper at the recent Library 2.014 conference with two former students from my crisis /disaster health informatics class, Joyce Monsees and April Anderson. The title of our paper was “Supporting the humanitarian effort during disasters: Opportunities for LIS students as digital volunteers.” In this class we explore the inter-connectedness of information, people, and technologies in a crisis and examines how information is created, accessed, organized, coordinated and disseminated during a disaster. Topics that we cover include information seeking and information behavior during disasters, information systems, the impact of social media, issues of trust, health information in humanitarian crises, and more. We also discuss the multiple roles that librarians and information professionals can play in crises preparedness and response.
OK so I admit it. I liked the post that Michelle Simmons recently did with her special studies student and I wanted to share one of my experiences. This past summer I agreed to supervise Alice Pierotti in an special studies project. Alice had taken my storytelling class and I was absolutely wanting to work more with this passionate librarian who was working in two tiny cities in Missipippi and had a flair for telling “southern” stories with her lovely and lyrical southern accent. Alice loves history and loves telling stories about the south and preserving history with what I call living events. One of the things I liked about what she was proposing that while it combined research and writing it would also involve her deeply in her community and bring to light one of the most important times in American history – Freedom Summer.
You might wonder what futures studies have to do the LIS education, but as I noted in previous CIRI blog posts, information professionals and the instructors who teach them must plan for the rapid changes in society including technology, employment, and the ways we interact with others! As I started to prepare for the course and MOOC on the Emerging Future: Technology Issues and Trends, I explored the world of futurists and discovered resources and issues pertinent to LIS.
SJSU SLIS provides an amazing range of courses that can be tailored to fit virtually any student’s interests and career aspirations. However, occasionally students have interests that the established classes do not address, or students want to explore a particular topic covered in an existing class in more depth. In these cases, students have the opportunity to design their own class and work with a faculty member through an independent study (LIBR 298).
Since the end of the Hyperlinked Library MOOC offered last semester here at SLIS, Kyle Jones, my co-instructor, and I have been writing up various parts of the research we’ve done on the MOOC. Here are some highlights from the pre and post MOOC surveys. These findings will be published this fall in the Journal of Library and Information Science Education.
Do you use a mobile app to track your health care information? Do you electronically exchange your health information with a health care provider? These are just some of the questions that were asked of US health care consumers in a recently conducted survey study on electronic personal health record adoption and use.
A few weeks ago, the Special Libraries Association (SLA) held a webinar where Elisabeth Leonard, Market Research Analyst at SAGE, presented findings from a survey of libraries about the current state of reference. This specific presentation focused on reference budgets and perceptions of reference services by various user groups – most of the library budgets for reference are shrinking and patrons have low level of awareness of library reference resources and services. This made me think about a group of librarians I studied last year – they are involved in a grassroots activity called “Slam the Boards”, and they visit social Q&A sites on the 10th of each month and answer as many questions as possible. Social Q&A sites, also called “question-answer sites” and “answer boards”, are becoming increasingly popular as an online source for people’s information needs.