This spring I had the opportunity to attend the California Academic and Research Libraries (CARL) Conference in April, the LOEX Conference in May, and the California Conference on Information Literacy (CCLI) in June. These were excellent learning opportunities, as always, and I’m happy to share a few highlights from each.
CARL: It was wonderful to see the excellent work being done by librarians throughout California. Elizabeth Horan and Brian Green, two of my colleagues in the community college system, reflected on the results of their recent survey of students about their study habits and preferences. Take-aways included the high number of students at both of their colleges who report studying in their cars. This highlighted the importance of mobile interfaces for library websites and article databases, since many of these students also reported accessing information on their phones or tablets. It also suggests the importance of creating spaces for individual studying, not just group studying, when libraries are redesigned and shows the value of permitting food in study spaces, when possible, in order to ensure that the library is as comfortable for studying as a car. I also got inspired by Del Williams’ presentation about hosting hip hop and spoken word performances by a student art collective in the Cal State University, Northridge library over the past year. The way that this collaboration changed students’ perceptions of the library shows the importance of counternarratives and culturally sustaining services in academic libraries. The artists, the audience, and the librarians/staff learned a lot about the library’s capacity to welcome new voices into the shared space. These papers and the rest of the presentations will be available in the conference proceedings in the coming year.
LOEX: There were many presentations this year about games and gamification in library instruction. We all had a great time playing Search & Destroy, a card game ...continue reading "April’s Spring Conference Round-up"