As I type this, the heavens have opened up outside. The rain is pouring down in sheets turning the alley behind our building into a rather fast moving stream. I did not know it was supposed to rain today. Glad I got my lunch walk in before this happened.
Aside from being distracted by the rain, here's where my attention is going at the moment.
The ALA catalog showed up in my mailbox last week. I spent 15 minutes flipping through it and adding items to my professional TBR list
First, I have some (possibly exciting) information. I've decided to turn this weekly post into a newsletter over on Substack. I greatly enjoy putting it together each week and I want to share it more broadly. While the links and all that will be the same, I do plan to add some new content to the newsletter in case you want to subscribe. If you're interested, head on over to my substack page and click subscribe. Like this blog, the newsletter is totally free.
Second, the local Capital Weather Gang declared winter officially over in the DC area. Good. I am done with the cold and am very excited to talk lunchtime walks in the sunshine.
Sometimes the most random things end up as research. Here's what I looked up this week.
One weird thing about working from home is that you can see what the others in your life get up to while they are also home. This week, my husband took two days off. (Use those vacation days everyone!) As I worked, I noticed him tackle a rather long list of those annoying "life maintenance" things we all have in our heads. I'm fairly certain he walked 10,000 steps just doing things around the house.
Here's where my attention is going at the moment.
I like style. I like minimizing. I like workbooks. Adding this title to my TBR was an easy decision.
You can see my complete TBR list on Pinterest.
Just this comic in my head every day.
Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13
Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger
This is my main read at the moment and I grabbed it because I can never NOT watch the movie Apollo 13. The first night I read this, I figured it would be a little dense and I'd fall asleep quickly. Nope. I managed to read 50 pages that first night and I would have kept going if I let myself. So far the book is an incredible, well-paced narrative. I know what happens and how it ends but the dangerous situations still feel tense and scary.
In addition to this book, I have two side reads going at the moment. These books continue my love of all things royal fashion. I've had these in my TBR pile from the library since before the Oprah interview aired. Now they have a wait list. I'm going to do my best to read them quickly and return them so others can get their fill.
Meghan: The Life and Style of a Modern Royal
Kate: How to Dress Like a Style Icon
I discovered this week that I never turned off my Google activity tracking. That's awesome for remembering what to put in this post but really bad for data privacy overall. Time to consider my options. If you want to learn more about your Google activity tracking, head over to your personal page.
My goal for this series of posts is to share all of the interesting things we research in everyday life. The caveat is that I get to decided what's on the list. I do not share what I research on behalf of our students and faculty, I do not share searches that overlap with the privacy others in my life, I also do not share things that I do not wish to share. Again, I get to make that decision. Google, on the other hand, just tracks everything. They then use that for marketing. If you want to see what Google tracks and how to stop it, visit this article on c|net.
Two of my fellow colleagues and I were recently published in College & Research Libraries News. We provided an article for the regular "Perspectives on the Framework" column.
During summer 2019, the four reference librarians at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), an HBCU in the nation’s capital, met weekly to review and discuss each part of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. With our student population in mind, we had two goals: establishing a team-wide shared analysis of each frame and developing a collection of student-centered active learning activities, rooted in the Framework’s concepts, that could be mixed and matched during one-shot and embedded library instruction. Prior to this project, the librarians were using a limited group of library instruction activities that were not necessarily related to the Framework. During the project, the librarians found the Framework to be highly theoretical, making it challenging to identify concrete learning activities. However, by deeply engaging with the Framework, it was possible to create student-centered instructional activities that were rooted in the theory, and we were able to expand our repertoire of activities used in library instruction. We were also able to provide faculty with firm examples of how library instruction engages their students in information literacy and lifelong learning.
You can read the full piece here.