January 12, 2008

Thinking About Teaching, and Other Things

I've been so busy filling up my spring dance card that I haven't been blogging. Here's what I'm up to, if you want to follow along at home.

Teaching 454, Digitial Information Services & Providers for Simmons GSLIS. Still teaching Dialog. What a great class this is! See online materials (all still under construction, but essential built):
... all of the above created with Google Pages. Notes maintained online using Zoho planner. Sites remembered using del.icio.us tag 454.

I'm going to be blogging periodically (monthly or so) over at ACRLBlog. The topic will be about academic librarians and faculty blogs. I've been reading quite a few lately (see some of my favorites tagged with teaching at del.icio.us), and thought a lot about what Steven Bell posted on ACRLBlog last year about the carnival of the professoriate. I've got a lot of ideas for blog posts -- themes mostly, sort of a continuation of the carnival -- but I'm open to new ideas, too. Let me know your favorite faculty blogs or faculty blog topics. I'm especially interested in finding more LIS faculty (adjunct or not) who blog.

And I'm going to give a version of a terrific presentation I saw at ASIS&T on usability at the Connecticut Library Association meeting in April. Paul Marty did a "Live Usability Lab" session in which he had members of the audience actually participate in usability testing of institutional repository sites -- he showed rather than explained how valuable usability testing is. Steve Cauffman and I will do a similar presentation using iCONN's resources as a test environment.

I promise I'm still thinking about cog sci, too -- just that my head is full of LIS for the moment ...

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1 comment:

John Dupuis said...

For what it's worth, I follow CompSci faculty blogs pretty closely:

See Jane Compute

Knowing and Doing

Shtetl-Optimized http://www.scottaaronson.com/blog/

Female CS Grad Student

My Biased Coin

Computational Complexity

Plus, I think it's also really important to follow blogs of some practitioners:

Joel Spolsky

Schneier on Security

Adventures in Applied Math

Applied Abstractions

Coding Horror

Plus, I think you could do a whole blog post on Scienceblogs.com. It's great because it covers some many different disciplines, including history & philosophy of science as well as having blogs from science journalists, students and other perspectives.