Cheers to my ALA friends

This weekend, thousands of librarians will descend upon the city of New Orleans for the American Library Association annual conference. It's a big deal in our profession, and for the first time in ages, I'm not there.    There's a number of reasons I decided not to go, but they all boil down to just... Continue Reading →

10 things to do on a long, snowy weekend

Supposedly there's a decent-sized storm heading this way.  All basketball games and kids activities have been cancelled for tomorrow.  The fridge and freezer are stocked.  The semester starts on Tuesday, and we're off on Monday for the MLK Holiday.  Here's a few things on my to-do list for the weekend: Finish Harry Potter and the... Continue Reading →

I made my students 49% smarter and I can prove it

"Well looky there, you learned something!  You're 49% smarter than you were 5 minutes ago!"  This aha! moment  occurred while teaching over 400 business students this fall.  Using Tophat in my business research instruction sessions, I was able to assess that my students did in fact learn something through my teaching. The Challenge Each semester... Continue Reading →

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