Open Textbooks For Blended Librarians

Blended Librarians should rightly be promoting the adoption of OER and open textbooks at their institutions. What about our own instruction? Where are the open textbooks we’d want to use? This post points to two open textbooks that give Blended Librarians new options for pointing students (and their faculty) to an open resource. Continue reading Open Textbooks For Blended Librarians

Beyond Instructional Designer to Learning Experience Designer

Learning Experience Designer (or LX Designer) is still quite rare a job position in higher education. It’s a blend of instructional designer and user experience design. But what exactly does an LX Designer do? A job description and EdSurge article may shed some light on that question. Continue reading Beyond Instructional Designer to Learning Experience Designer

Time Well Spent At the Teaching Academy

This spring I attended my Teaching & Learning Center’s Provost’s Teaching Academy. Me and mostly non-librarian faculty. Find out what my big takeaways were and why Blended Librarians have much to gain from attending a teaching academy. Continue reading Time Well Spent At the Teaching Academy

When Digital Becomes the Norm

Whether we talk about digital libraries or digital humanities, it must only be a matter of time until the digital is so fully developed and firmly embedded in practice that it will seem redundant to keep prefacing our professions and disciplines with the “digital” qualifier. What about Blended Librarianship? Does it still make sense in a digital world? Continue reading When Digital Becomes the Norm

Librarians and Teachers: Not Exactly Eye-to-Eye on Data Privacy

How should academic librarians respond when administrators request data on student use of research products, attendance at instruction sessions or number of books borrowed? What about K-12 educators? They and their schools collect considerable amounts of student data. Perhaps a conversation about big data and student privacy is the next fertile area for discussing common interests and having a united front on privacy policies for student data. Continue reading Librarians and Teachers: Not Exactly Eye-to-Eye on Data Privacy