We were just featured in a short article for Emporia State University's school newspaper. We talk a little bit about why we enjoy the process of creating comics and what we're hoping to accomplish. And I have a giant beard that needs to be trimmed...
Rey Junco just posted a new infographic from Project Information Literacy that highlights some of the most important findings from several of their past studies (which are fantastic, by the way). Note the adjectives that students use to describe their research and then take a look at what percentage of students use librarians for research help...frustrating, huh? Collaborating with faculty and promoting our services is vital if we want to have any impact on student success and learning. Take a look at Temple University's 10 Ways to Improve Student Research which are inspired by PIL's research. What can we do differently to
Librarians Kate Wise and Heidi Blackburn were featured in a Library Journal article for their own work on instructional comics. Nice work! (and Mike and I get a nice shout out from them, as well) :)
Well, it has been quite awhile since I last posted. I have taken a new position as Asst. Professor/Reference and Instruction Librarian at Emporia State University. Mike Hall and I have released another comic for Coffeyville Community College and we continue to offer presentations on our work. The photo on the right is from the College and University Libraries Section (CULS) conference in Dodge City in October. It was a small conference, but we had some very interested and enthusiastic attendees. The following presentation was by Kate Wise of Kansas Wesleyan University. She and Heidi Blackburn of K-State - Salina, have worked together to create a comic guide to library skills, as well. Very cool stuff. Mike Hall and I are both very pleased to see other institutions try to create comics using in-house talent and aimed at creating a customized guide to their own institutions. Very cool.
Additionally, we may have some exciting news on the horizon, but that's all you get for now :)
Here's the cover (with colors) for the promotional comic done for Emporia State University's School of Library and Information Management: http://www.scribd.com/doc/88658064/SLIM-Comic-Cover
Here is the uncolored cover for another upcoming library comic. Bookmobiles, tattooed librarians, and a ton of cats...http://cmichaelhall.deviantart.com/#/d4tht7v
Here is a preview of the cover for our new comic "Sundown at the Library: A Spectral Cowboy Adventure" http://cmichaelhall.deviantart.com/#/d4rh566
Although we are nearing the KLA conference date (April 11-13), I've been a bit nervous about advertising the fact that author and activist Cory Doctorow (http://craphound.com/bio.php) will be attending (Wed., April 11). I've was able to work with the libraries at the University of Kansas, Kansas State University, Wichita State University, and my own Emporia State University in an attempt to raise the funding needed to bring Cory over from London. We were successful in that effort, but anytime you're dealing with transatlantic travel, things can be dicey. Nevertheless, these are just my own worries and we expect him to be at the conference. He will have two appearances at the conference, free to registered conference attendees, and one appearance at Wichita Public Library, which, of course, will be free and open to the public. If you'd like to attend the conference or the public lecture you can find schedule and registration information here: http://kslibassoc.org/2012Conf/index.php
David Lankes, who I've mentioned below, will be our opening keynote speaker. Lots of good ideas on the way!
Lankes lists four factors in facilitating knowledge creation in libraries: access, knowledge, environment, and motivation. He sums these up by telling the reader to "think of it as getting people to the conversation, making sure they know what is being discussed, making sure they feel safe to be part of the conversation, and finding the right encouragement for them to engage in the conversation" (page 65). How are you doing this in your library?
My progress through Lankes' Atlas of New Librarianship has been a been delayed, but I think it is important to note that he really preaches the importance of the library's role as a facilitator of knowledge in the community. Librarianship is not about filling a room up with books or other artifacts. It is about providing knowledge creation tools appropriate for your community. Lankes writes: "As a librarian, you must be open to all tools that aid members in their knowledge creation process; you should not start with what you have and market it to fit. It is in the member's success and the increased knowledge of our communities that we must define success, not in the amount of stuff we collect" (page 43).
This seems obvious enough, but are we willing to commit to this ideal when our library ends up looking verrrrrry different than a "normal" library?