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July 20, 2017

Reflections from an assessment newbie

Laura Dimmit

Last week, the librarians here at the UWB/CC library met for a yearly event that is lovingly called the “Assessment Party.” This day was part of a larger project, focused on library learning outcomes for Cascadia’s College 101 course. College 101, also called College Strategies, is one of the primary courses targeted for instruction at Cascadia, and one that nearly…


July 11, 2017

Roles and Strengths of Teaching Librarians: An Update

Laura Dimmit

In November, you may recall reading on the blog about the call for feedback to proposed changes to ACRL’s “Roles and Strengths of Teaching Librarians in Higher Education.” Bringing this process full circle, in the July/August issue of C&RL News, you can read the updated document, accompanied by further details about the revision process, and…


July 6, 2017

Data and the Fine Arts: Thinking Through a New Resource

Laura Dimmit

When we think about research in the fine arts, it is perhaps a little counter-intuitive to think about things that are data-driven, or data-rich. However, a recent release of historical data from the Carnegie Hall Archives in New York City provides a great opportunity to think through the what and why of arts-based data. The…


June 30, 2017

Summer Projects: Analyzing “High Impact” Resources in Our Departments

Kian Flynn

Summer is here, and that means you’re probably embarking on projects that have been simmering on the back-burner over the course of the busy academic year. For one such project, I’m diving into the bibliographic weeds and doing a statistical analysis of resources that my liaison department (Geography) uses for their teaching and research needs….


June 23, 2017

This Summer’s UW Libraries High School Internship: Reaching Out to College-Bound High Schoolers

Kian Flynn

by Elliott Stevens and Kian Flynn   Schools may be out for summer, but on July 5th, three high school students from Nathan Hale High School in northeast Seattle will be arriving at the UW Libraries to take part in a three-week, 20-hour internship. 


June 16, 2017

New Resources: Checking in with the Format Collections

Kian Flynn

As a liaison to departments in the social sciences, my first instinct when helping students find sources for their papers is often to turn to UW Libraries Search or a specific scholarly article database, like Academic Search Complete or PAIS. But often a question will come up that’s better served, or complemented, by a format…


June 14, 2017

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Webinar Reflections

Kian Flynn

Earlier this year, several UW librarians attended a two-part webinar on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning offered by ACRL. Below, Chelsea Nesvig shares some of her takeaways from the webinars, as well as resources for incorporating SoTL practices in our own work.


June 9, 2017

Measures of Central Tendency

Kian Flynn

1, 3, 3, 4, 5, 8, 8, 8, 9. You may remember encountering a data set like this when you were first learning about data and statistics in grade school. And soon after, a teacher probably introduced the concept of “measures of central tendency”—the mean (or average), the median, and the mode—to help make sense…


June 2, 2017

Geospatial Literacy? Yes, Maps Need Critical Evaluation Too

Kian Flynn

In the aftermath of the 2016 election season, “information literacy” and “news literacy” were much buzzed about terms in the popular media, and librarians across the country were called upon to battle the scourge of “fake news” and deceptive information in our “post-truth” world. PBS, The Chicago Tribune, The Seattle Times, and many other news…


June 1, 2017

Cultural Humility and Libraries: An Alternative to Cultural Competence

Nia Lam

Last week, some folks at the Bothell Campus Library got together to watch a webinar titled “Cultural Humility and Libraries: An Alternative to Cultural Competence.” The speakers were Sarah Kostelecky, David Hurley, and Lori Townsend, from the University of New Mexico. The free webinar was sponsored by the the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy &…


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