12 Hours at Work…Fun!

It's been an interesting week and it's only Wednesday. I find myself sitting at the Reference Desk twelve hours after arriving to work. Our Director is in Columbus for OPAL (not the one that gets all of the biblioblogosphere hype) and OhioLINK meetings. One coworker is out sick with something that sounds like bronchitis and another coworker is recovering from major surgery.  So, that leaves just two of us and Brian normally works late on Thursdays…so here I am writing this blog post.

I have been able to use this time to catch up on some recent journal articles. Steven Bell has a good article, "Stop IAKT syndrome with student live demos," in the latest issue of Reference Services Review. [OhioLINK link | everyone else link] Steven does an excellent job of laying out the benefits and challenges to turning over the keyboard to a student during instruction.

I don't think we are running into many students that are suffering from "I already know it syndrome" in our classes. If they feel that way, they are doing a good job of hiding their boredom.

Kate and I have been using students to demonstrate searches during instruction this academic year. We don't have student computers (yet) in our instruction room. We reserve computers in the lab on the first floor and have the students work together for about 15 to 20 minutes at the start of class. Then we go back upstairs and ask for volunteers to show us what they searched, what they found, and why they chose certain articles. It has worked out well for introductory speech, composition, and some disciplinary entry level classes as well. We have received positive faculty feedback. We have be doing 3-2-1 assessment and the student comments are positive too. 

So if you're still being the "sage on the stage", you might want to give this a try. 

links for 2007-02-27

  • “OpenCongress brings together official government information with news and blog coverage to give you the real story behind what’s happening in Congress.” Blog and news content is way off base in places (my representative for instance).

February 25 Radio Show

My first radio show of the semester is tomorrow from 5 to 7 p.m. I don't have a theme. All of the songs are sung by women. A potential sub theme in many of the songs is relationships, but isn't that of all songs? Some are repeats from last year. My plan is to start out with the Celtic/Gaelic, on to pop/adult contempoary, then freestyle, and end with dance/techno. Songs include:

  • Tori Amos: Spark 
  • Sarah Brightman: Deliver Me
  • Corina: Temptation 
  • Cover Girls: Show Me 
  • Enya: Caribbean Blue; Orinocco Flow 
  • Dido: Sand in My Shoes; Take My Hand
  • Nelly Furtado: Say It Right 
  • Imogen Heap: Hide and Seek 
  • Whitney Houston: Queen of the Night 
  • JoJo: Too Little, Too Late 
  • Annie Lennox: Little Bird 
  • Madonna: Forbidden Love; Impressive Instant 
  • Loreena McKenneitt: Mummer's Dance 
  • Sarah McLachlan: Posession; Vox
  • Kylie Minogue: Come Into My World 
  • Alanis Morissette: Crazy 
  • Anna Nalick: In the Rough
  • Karen Overton: Your Loving Arms 
  • Heather Small: Proud 
  • KT Tunstall: Suddenly I See 
  • Ultra Nate: Love's the Only Drug 
  • Carla Vallet: Streets of Tomorrow

Plan on tuning in if you are in the area or happen to be driving within 30 miles of New Concord on I-70 or I-77.