Put Social Media to Work for You! GOLD Workshop

Creating a Professional Web Presence

Creating a Professional Web Presence

Social Networking for Professionals (Ruby Certificate Requirement)
Thursday, October 27, 2:30-3:30 pm
Milne Library Room 121

Kim Davies Hoffman: Profile of a Milne Librarian

Kim Davies Hoffman bringing theory into practice

Kim Davies Hoffman bringing theory into practice

Kim Davies Hoffman is a tireless instruction & reference librarian, a valuable team player, a careful mentor, and, as of last spring, Coordinator of Instruction & Reference Services at Milne Library. Kim has risen through the ranks fairly quickly during her 12 years as a SUNY librarian (nearly all that time at Geneseo) and was promoted to Full Librarian on Sept. 1 this year. Of her professional growth in that time, she says, “There has definitely been a shift from learning and doing to guiding, mentoring and leading.”

With her extensive list of college committee memberships and outreach efforts, it’s a fair bet that Kim is familiar to many people on this campus, especially the faculty and students in the academic departments she serves as liaison – Anthropology, Sociology and Foreign Languages.  She has taught hundreds of information literacy and research skills classes over the years, but perhaps her most important and fulfilling contribution has been in collaborating with individual professors to integrate long-term, intensive and progressive library instruction within their courses. Her collaborators have included Ellen Kintz (Anthropology), Elaine Cleeton (Sociology) and Cristina Rowley (Spanish), to name just a few.

Kim’s professional reputation extends well beyond Geneseo, through the many presentations she has made at local, state and national conferences, as well as through articles she has written (or co-written), committee memberships and positions she has held, and programs she has been instrumental in creating. It is possible to list only a few here.  “My preference for professional committee work is on a local scale, she says.  “I have been able to make much more of an impact on my fellow colleagues and the profession overall than I would serving as a mere number within a larger national organization.”

In the SUNY Librarians Association (SUNYLA),  Kim served  for five years as Chair of Membership Development Committee, from which sprang MEOW (Membership Enthusiasm and Outreach Workgroup) which Kim helped formSUNYLA  logo with a few other librarians who were frustrated with the lack of participation in SUNYLA. She also served as Chair of the Working Group for Information Literacy and in that capacity worked with fellow Milne librarian Michelle Costello to design and host a one-day interactive workshop entitled Library Instruction: Teaching Tips from the Trenches, in January 2009. That workshop led to a similar one hosted at the University of Albany plus a follow-up pre-conference workshop at the SUNYLA annual conference, also in 2009. The program evolved, with the help of a $3,500 grant, into LILAC, the acclaimed Library Instruction Leadership Academy. For their work, Kim and Michelle were recognized by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) with its 2011 Instruction Section (IS) Innovation award.

Kim with LILAC co-creator Michelle Costello

Kim with LILAC co-creator Michelle Costello

Among the several other awards Kim has received are the Friend of SUNYLA award and the (SUNY) Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship.

So where did she come from?  Shortly after she was born, in England, Kim and her family moved to Canada where she lived for the next ten years before moving permanently to the U.S. (she has dual British-U.S. citizenship). She has lived for two years in France, as well – studying abroad in Dijon for a year, and, soon after, for another year as a teaching assistant in Paris. She earned a BA in French and International Affairs from the University of New Hampshire and, after receiving an MLS from the University of Buffalo in 1997, took off for New Orleans, working first in the public library system and then at the University of New Orleans.  When NOLA’s heat and humidity drove her back north, Kim found a part-time librarian position at SUNY Fredonia (which she supplemented as a barista at Starbucks), until she landed a full-time job as a librarian at UB’s Health Sciences Library. By late summer 1999 Kim was hired by Milne Library as a reference & instruction (with a side of government documents) librarian.  She hit the ground running and hasn’t slowed down since.

As for where she is going from here, her priorities lay, as usual, with finding new and creative ways to increase information literacy among the students – and faculty – at Geneseo, in an increasingly online world.  As Coordinator of Instruction & Reference Service, she will work to refine assessment of the library’s instruction program, not only to prove what she and many others already know – that it IS effective – but to enable it to become even better.  And plans are well underway for LILAC2, which will help empower a fresh crop of new library instructors to “teach it forward.” Citing a commitment to lead by example as one of her greatest strengths, Kim says “The opportunity to co-teach with novice librarians allows me to share my understanding of pedagogical theory and practice without appearing lofty and without exposing their insecurity or uncertainty about teaching.”  She adds, “My fearlessness in the classroom opens the door for others to experiment with new ideas and technology.”

Organize Your Web Research with Diigo

Organize Your Web Research with Diigo

Organize Your Web Research with Diigo

Organize Your Web Research with Diigo (Ruby Certificate)

Thursday, September 29, 2:30-3:30 pm
Milne Library Room 121

Diigo is a powerful research and collaboration tool that can help you save, organize, and share what you discover on the web. Don’t do research twice! Learn how to save, annotate, tag and share websites while creating your own personal archive.

Walk-ins are welcome! Bring your own laptop or check out a netbook at Milne’s Service Desk!

Librarians Hoffman and Costello Earn Prestigious ACRL Award

Kim and Michelle at LILAC

Kim Davies Hoffman, left, and Michelle Costello

The Association of College and Research Libraries has selected Milne Instruction Librarians Kimberly Davies Hoffman and Michelle Costello to receive its 2011 Instruction Section (IS) Innovation award for their work in developing the Library Instruction Leadership Academy (LILAC). The award is given each year in recognition of a project demonstrating “creative, innovative or unique approaches to information literacy instruction or programming.”

The LILAC project, which ran from January through May 2010, was a regional effort that provided intensive training, observational experiences, reflection through writing, and teaching practice to K-12, community and college/university librarians.

Hoffman and Costello will receive a certificate and $3000 prize at the the American Library Association’s annual conference this summer in New Orleans.

 

 

Library Instruction Leadership Academy (LILAC)

The Library Instruction Leadership Academy (LILAC),collaboratively developed by Rochester-area librarians with Milne Library at the forefront, recently held its third workshop, exploring topics such as multiple intelligence and learning styles and “teacher as performer.” Judging from participants’ reactions it was a huge success! Remaining workshops include “teaching with technology,” classroom management and assessment.

LILAC is a semester-long intensive learning experience geared towards librarians new to instruction that includes a variety of workshops, field observations, assigned readings, reflection, discussions, and a final instruction project. Each workshop focuses on an aspect of library instruction and involves a mixture of pedagogical theory, best practices and hands on experience.

Participants will reflect upon what they have learned throughout the semester and then “teach it forward” by completing a final project. These projects range from starting an information literacy program for homed schooled children to presenting workshops at an upcoming library conference. The Academy runs until May 2010 and culminates with a graduation party where participants will showcase their final projects.

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GOLD (Ruby Certificate) Workshops — Week of 3/22

The next three GOLD Workshops (Ruby Certificate) being offered by Milne Library staff begin with MS Access 2007 Level II: Design, Create and Use Queries, taught by Steve Dresbach on Monday, March 22 from 2-3 p.m. in South 328. This latest offering in Steve’s MS Office series will focus on the design and creation of queries (questions) that enable users to select specific information from tables created in MS Access, a database application for entering, storing, retrieving and print data related to a particular topic or purpose.

Next up is Researching Music, a workshop designed to explore the scores, recordings, databases, literature about music and much more that lie within Milne Library’s music collection. Do you know where to find them or how to use them? What is RILM or Naxos? Learn the “secrets” of advanced searching techniques, how music resources are organized, and how to easily locate and access them within Milne and beyond. The workshop will be held in Milne 208 on Tuesday, March 23, from 2-3 p.m.

In today’s world, the Internet is the information tool used most often, yet students frequently complain about not finding reliable, information-rich websites despite hours of searching. Librarian Sue Ann Brainard will show students how to find “hidden” web pages, and become skeptical investigators and sophisticated searchers, in her Quickly Finding Quality Information on the Web workshop, on Wednesday, March 24, from 2-3 p.m. in Milne 109. (This workshop was previously called C.S.I.: Critically Searching the Internet.)

GOLD (Ruby Certificate) Workshops in Milne — Week of 3/8

Milne Librarians are offering some excellent GOLD Workshops (Ruby Certificate) during the second week of March. First up is Starting Your Research Project: Using MultiSearch and Other Time Saving Strategies, with co-instructors Michelle Costello and Justina Elmore, on Monday (3/8) 2-3 p.m. in Milne 109. The workshop is intended to help students begin research for class assignments and to introduce them to some of Milne’s important resources and services, including a variety of useful catalogs and databases.

On Tuesday (3/9), from 2-3 p.m. in Milne 208, students interested in learning how to navigate the complex landscape of legal research can attend Tom Ottaviano’s Researching Law workshop. Law and legislation can potentially have a profound impact on much of what we study, yet finding this information is often confusing and difficult. Workshop attendees will learn where and how to find discussion about federal and state codes, information about court cases, and reviews of legislation.

Did you know there were laws governing how you can use the information you find on the internet? Join Sue Ann Brainard on Wednesday (3/10) for her workshop on Ethics and Laws of Information Use to learn how students are constantly making ethical decisions and taking legal risks when using the internet. In this workshop, which will be held from 2-3 p.m. in Milne 109, these issues will be explored using scenarios.

To register, go to http://gold.geneseo.edu/register/index.html.

Congratulations to Bonnie Swoger on her MLS

Milne Library is proud to announce that Bonnie Swoger, Instructional Support Associate, recently completed her coursework towards a Master’s in Library Science (MLS). Her degree comes from the University at Buffalo and will be conferred in February 2008. Bonnie has worked in Milne Library since September of 2005, with increasing responsibilities and active involvement in several important library projects, including the redesign of the library website and the SAILS information literacy assessment. Bonnie has a BS from St. Lawrence University in Geology, an MS in Geology from Kent State University and taught Introductory Geology Labs at Buffalo State College for several years before coming to Geneseo. Bonnie’s professional interests include web design, scholarly communication in the sciences, open access, Web 2.0 tools, and information literacy instruction and assessment. Congratulations to Bonnie and all her achievements!

FACULTY: Start thinking about library instruction requests for fall

The Fall 2007 semester is just around the corner and faculty and staff are busy preparing for the first day of classes. Before it slips your mind, request library instruction for fall classes and beat the September rush. Schedule instruction through the Library Instruction page on the library’s website. Or, contact Bonnie Swoger, Instructional Support Associate, for more details regarding rooms and technology support in the classrooms.

Chemistry students learn about SciFinder Scholar

Taking advantage of our access to a new interface for Chemical Abstracts, 157 chemistry students were introduced to SciFinder Scholar during the week of March 26.

Students in CHEM 214, Qualitative Organic Analysis, were able to use the interface to research information for an upcoming lab assignment, and learned how to search for journal articles related to specific chemicals.

Working with Chemistry Professor Eric Helms, Louise Zipp and Bonnie Swoger led the effort with assistance from Jennifer Potter, Theresa Mastrodonato, Justina Elmore and Barbara Clarke.

SciFinder Scholar uses a unique software interface to access information from Chemical Abstracts and several other databases. Researchers can access information based on chemical name, molecular formula, role in a chemical reaction or by natural language searching.