OCLC WorldShare Management Services expands mobile capabilities
New Digby app increases productivity for student library workers
“We partnered closely with member libraries in the PALNI consortium to develop and pilot the Digby app to ensure that it delivered the right experience and simplified their work. Their input was invaluable in making this app user-friendly. We look forward to working with our members to enhance and refine this app, and to find other opportunities to leverage the power of WMS,” said Sauer-Games.
Staff and student library workers from Butler University Libraries, part of PALNI, were among those who provided advice and input in development, and then tested the Digby app before the pilot ended last month. According to Laina Ridenour, Collection Management Associate, Butler University Libraries, student workers found the app extremely useful. “My students have asked me almost daily when they can have the (Digby) app again,” she said.
PALNI Library Innovation 2016 Grantees and
Call for 2017 PALNI Library Innovation Grant Applications
September 2016 – Executive Director, Kirsten Leonard
The second annual PALNI Library Innovation Grant cycle awarded funding to three programs in February of this year. We have already received inspiration reports from the projects and look forward to seeing more in the next PALNI Library Innovation Grant cycle. The funding provided by PALNI Library Innovation Grants aims to optimize library resources and services in ways that significantly expand the ability of supported organizations to support teaching and learning at PALNI institutions. Funded programs, projects, and initiatives must align with PALNI strategic priorities and support PALNI deep collaboration.
2016 Grant Recipients
Heather Loehr, Hanover College
Information Now! On-demand and Embedded Learning Modules for Information Literacy Instruction
The project will purchase the recently published graphic novel, Information Now: A Graphic Guide to Student Research (Upson,
Hall, Cannon, University of Chicago Press 2015), for 350 first year students, to offer a comprehensive, fun, and engaging mini-course in information literacy skills. The Coordinator of Library Instruction, and the Director of the Center for Learning and Teaching, plan to adopt this title as a required text for first-year students, and to use it as the basis developing seven learning modules which librarians may use to supplement direct or embedded instruction, faculty can adopt for DIY-instruction in any course, or which students may use independently for self-learning. Each module will incorporate a lesson plan, tutorials in various media, critical thinking exercises, and assessment tools. We will work with a pilot group of faculty in the First Year Experience, and in each WSAC area: Writing 1, Writing 2, and Speaking, who will volunteer to collaborate with librarians on the implementation and assessment of the modules in their courses. Materials developed will be shared to other PALNI member libraries.
For more information see the LibGuide on the Project http://libguides.hanover.edu/infonow
Tim Salm, Saint Joseph’s College
Re-Engineering an Academic Library for Student Success
Saint Joseph’s College is developing and hosting an eight-part workshop series focusing on productivity and creativity tools
specific to academic work products. Each workshop will be recorded as well so as to support future blended learning activities on-campus. The workshop series is designed to assist students in improving their skills and knowledge specific to desktop publishing, graphic design, slideshow presentations, college-level research, interlibrary loan, alert notifications, spreadsheets, and relational databases. It is through these new skills and knowledge that students will be better prepared to meet the challenges present in their current studies and their future careers. Tim Salm has been sharing reports and samples of the workshop outcomes as the work progresses. The workshops will be made available to the PALNI libraries to spur further innovation.
Caroline Gilson, Associate Dean of Libraries and Coordinator, Prevo Science Library, DePauw University
Learning Together: Continued Exploration of Arduino & Related Emerging Technologies
This grant funded attendance at a weeklong SparkFun Electronics workshop (Microcontrollers for Educators, July 11-15, 2016; https://learn.sparkfun.com/events/116 ) in Niwot, Colorado for PALNI librarians and supported project exploration and creation after the workshop. The July 2016 SparkFun workshop will continue the conversation among the participants and across PALNI on how librarians can work together to explore and create emerging technology projects. Funds will also help with developing and constructing physical projects after the workshop. (Previous PALNI Innovation grant funds have funded the July 2016 workshop registration fees for three librarians.) One of the outcomes of the workshop was demonstrated at CAMP RIO in the creation of a wearable technology item.
Indiana Librarians Gather for Two Day Camp Themed Workshop
September 2016 – Information Fluency Coordinator, Ruth Szpunar
Over a campfire on a warm August evening friends shared stories, s’mores, and… insights into pressing librarian topics such as the ACRL information literacy framework. On August 11th and 12th, 2016, 25 librarians employed by member schools of the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) gathered together for a two day camp adventure, supported by the Reference, Instruction and Outreach (RIO) group of PALNI. Camp RIO was held at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center, a 1,100 acre nature sanctuary located near Goshen College in Northern Indiana. Each session came with pre-readings and reflection time in nature, giving participants a chance to engage in discussion and activities around 3 central themes: library anxiety, evaluating scholarly sources, and work/life balance, as well as the opportunity to attend additional break-out sessions to ponder serendipity in research, assessment, and social media.
The RIO Coordinators and Steering Committee led the workshop sessions as well as a wide range of camping activities, such as crafts, hiking, and a book club discussion. Different teaching methods were demonstrated, and campers walked away with new practices and approaches. Librarians in PALNI schools work closely together on shared projects, but meet only one to two times a year in person. Camp RIO provided an opportunity to not just share professional ideals but to grow closer together as a peer group.