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Information Literacy Grants Awarded

May 23rd, 2016 · No Comments

LTS has awarded five Information Literacy Grants to faculty members who will work with librarians to integrate information literacy into a course during the 2016-2017 academic year. Congratulations to this year’s recipients! Each faculty recipient will receive a $2,000 stipend. Librarians look forward to working with these classes and building upon the success of the first year of the Information Literacy Grant program.

Summer 2016 — Grant Award Winners:

Faculty member: Kerry Chase
Librarian: Aimee Slater
Class: IGS 10A: Introduction to International and Global Studies

Faculty member: Charles Golden
Librarian: Alex Willett
Class: Course on the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in archaeology

Faculty member: Lucy Goodhart
Librarian: Aimee Slater
Class: POL 119: Red States, Blue States

Faculty member: Caren Irr
Librarian: Zoe Weinstein and Lisa Zeidenberg
Class: Graduate seminar on capitalism and the American novel

Faculty member: Kathrin Seidl-Gómez
Librarian: Anne Woodrum
Class: German 30A: Intermediate German

Comments from faculty members who participated in the first year of the program (2015-2016):

“The information literacy grant for my Science on Trial class proved to be invaluable. With Aimee Slater’s help, I used it to develop a series of five mock trial scenarios, each of deep contemporary interest, dividing the class into ten teams. Each of the teams had to research a complex issue involving scientific evidence, and find ways to explain that evidence to the class as a whole during the trials themselves. The feedback from the students regarding preparing for and then participating in these exercises was overwhelmingly positive. Many of them described it as the highlight of their semester, because they were able to get a sense of how to find information, assess its relevance and then distill it into the kind of short, precise arguments that must be made at real trials. In other words, they got the chance to bring science into legal settings–which is what the whole class is about. Without the information literacy grant, I would not have developed the mock trial exercises, and the class would have been greatly diminished.” – Daniel Breen, Legal Studies

“This was a great opportunity to collaborate with Gina Bastone and work collaboratively on a product we could jointly use to teach literature reviews. I learned a lot and the guide we created made my teaching better.” – Wendy Cadge, Sociology

“The Information Literacy Grant has enabled me to design and teach a new course I might not have been able to offer otherwise. I have received logistical, financial and substantive support from the Library and Technology staff that has facilitated everything from trips to the archives to the integration of digital techniques and resources into the classroom in a way I’ve never used them before. This is a terrific opportunity for any faculty members looking to take greater advantage of the services the library can offer or to use technological innovations in their teaching.” – Winston Bowman, History

“The information literacy grant facilitated the development of an online module to complement course projects and work. Working with Melanie Radik, our science librarian, we were able to develop a module that consisted of curated and co-created content that help students understand the role and value of information literacy in Biol23A Ecology and Biol17B Conservation Biology. This blended online/face-to-face model allowed for Melanie and I to facilitate application of the skills together in-class while students prepared for those sessions online. Both courses used elements of the online materials we developed in different ways. In Biol23A Ecology, students were able to apply the skills a several junctures in the course including in-class group assignments, longer writing pieces and on formal assessments. In Biol17B Conservation Biology, students experienced the module and then applied the skills in an asynchronous discussion where they were asked to also critique the use of those skills by peers. Overall, this was an enriching experience from both the student and instructor perspective as it allowed for a way to improve information literacy skills that complemented coursework and did not take away from or compete with other course learning objectives.” – Colleen Hitchcock, Biology Department & Environmental Studies

“We both felt it was incumbent upon us to instruct graduate scholars-in-training responsibly in navigating issues of pressing professional significance in a digital age that have not yet become standard in Ph.D.-level training. We received the aid of LTS in this endeavor. We were in a uniquely ideal position to create a forum for informational literacy in this course because it already created a dialogue between the disciplines of History and Sociology. It further produced a built-in conversation between an established senior faculty member who could speak to changes and adaptations in scholarly practice and a junior faculty member newly minted from a graduate school program productively roiled by the challenges of navigating best practices in the Age of Information. Laura Hibbler was invaluable as a point of first contact, meeting individually with instructors and students alike, directing us to valuable historical resources. Aimee Slater led an intensive, giving us the tools to navigate federal government resources. Alex Willett directed us in geospatial technologies, looking at both tools and scholarly models. Graduate students were especially motivated to be highly involved in the process, as they saw information literacy as central, not peripheral, to the development of their craft.” – Abby Cooper, History, and Karen Hansen, Sociology

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Library Summer Hours

May 12th, 2016 · No Comments

Summer library hours begin Friday, May 13!

For the period May 13 to June 5, we’ll be open Monday through Friday from 8:30AM to 5:30PM. From June 6 through August 12, we’ll be open Mondays and Tuesdays 8:30AM to 9:00PM, Wednesdays through Fridays 8:30AM to 6:00PM, and Sundays noon to 5:00PM.

May 13 – June 5
Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 5:30pm
Saturday/Sunday: Closed

June 6 – August 12
Monday – Tuesday: 8:30am – 9:00pm
Wednesday – Friday: 8:30am – 6:00pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 12:00pm – 5:00pm

For a list of holidays and other exceptions to these hours, please visit our website at: http://lts.brandeis.edu/location/hours/mainlibrary.html

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Library Unveils New Scanners

May 11th, 2016 · No Comments

New, high-tech scanners have been installed in the Goldfarb Library Information Commons.

The “high-speed, face-up” KIC Click scanners capture the image of the scanned object from the top, saving wear on book spines, and simplifying the process of scanning multiple book pages (users simply flip the pages as they normally would). The scanners are operated by easy touch-screen controls, can scan in multiple formats, and can send the scanned file to Google Drive, iCloud (Apple), DropBox, OneDrive (Microsoft), Amazon Cloud Drive, and Box (Box.com).

New Library scanner makes scanning easier!

New Library scanner makes scanning easier!

Drop by to try them out!

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The HistoryMakers Digital Archive

May 5th, 2016 · No Comments

We’re excited to bring Brandeis students, faculty, and staff access to The HistoryMakers Digital Archive!

history makers

The HistoryMakers is the largest African American video oral history archive. It includes more than 2,700 oral histories, totaling 9,000 hours from historically significant African Americans, as well as African American organizations, events, and movements that have made significant contributions to American society and culture. The collection includes interviews with President Barack Obama (then an Illinois State Senator), civil rights leader Julian Bond, and children’s advocate Marian Wright Edelman.

In the HistoryMakers Digital Archive, you can search for interviews and oral history videos by individual HistoryMaker names, gender, birth year, job type, as well as themes, subjects, and historical context. Transcripts for the interviews are available and searchable.

The HistoryMakers was founded in 1999 by Brandeis alum Julieanna Richardson. The mission of The HistoryMakers is to interview and preserve the oral history of 5,000 African American HistoryMakers, and to establish an online database that will educate and show the breadth and depth of the accomplishments of individual African Americans across a variety of disciplines.The HistoryMakers recently partnered with Brandeis and Carnegie Mellon to modernize the technological foundations of the digital archive.

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Social Justice Forum: Ford Hall, After the Occupation

April 12th, 2016 · Comments Off on Social Justice Forum: Ford Hall, After the Occupation

You are warmly invited to join us at the next Social Justice Forum!

Ford Hall, After the Occupation:
A Conversation with Ford Hall Activists, Interim President Lynch, and You

Thursday April 21
12:00 PM
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room

Speakers:
Lisa Lynch, interim president
Ford Hall activists

Last Fall, campuses across the country were energized by a number of protests against campus racial inequity. Here at Brandeis, this culminated in the occupation of Ford Hall. The university and Ford Hall activists negotiated a multi-point agreement to address the concerns raised.

What has happened since? Join key participants in the occupation and resolution to learn how the agreement has been implemented, what changes have been made, and what still remains to be done.

The Social Justice Forum is a conversation series that encourages the Brandeis community to connect and discuss pertinent and compelling issues related to social justice on campus. In particular, we aim to do more than talk about social justice: we hope to organize to improve life on campus where we can. SJF is a collaborative effort of Graduate Student Affairs, the Office of the Chaplaincy, the Intercultural Center, the Student Union, and Library and Technology Services. Recent forum topics have included campus sustainability, transgender awareness, campus accessibility, and our conflict minerals policy.

To join the planning team, request more information, or to suggest topics, please contact Forum administrator David Wedaman wedaman@brandeis.edu.

Please forward this email to any you think may be interested! No RSVP required.

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