Thursday, August 11, 2016

Informed Learning & art (useful for photo)

Smeaton, Kathleen, Clarence Maybee, Christine Bruce, and Hilary Hughes. 2016. "Crossing Literacy
     and Informed Learning Boundaries with Manga." Access (Online), 30 (1), 12-26. Retrieved from   
"Subsequent review of the workshop indicates opportunities for further development." (23)
"For example, it might have been possible to extend students’ experience of the workshop from an art lesson or a life lesson to an informed learning lesson by encouraging them to examine the types of information they were using as well as how they were using them to complete workshop tasks. The students could also have been asked to reflect on how they might apply these approaches to using information to learn in other situations." (24)

Monday, May 2, 2016

Released: Seventh-day Quaker: A spiritual memoir

Sent: Friday, April 29, 2016 4:28 PM
To: Kim Ranger
Subject: RE: Adding your book to ScholarWorks

Hello Kim,

Thank you for submitting your book "Seventh-day Quaker: A spiritual memoir".
Your file has been uploaded and can be viewed at the following link:

Saturday, April 30, 2016


7/22-29/16, home:
love the backyard birdfeeders. This week: lots of juvenile titmice, chickadees, cardinals, robins. Female Evening Grosbeak. Immature male Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Yellow-shafted Northern Flicker. 6 Blue jays all at once. Male Red-bellied woodpecker. This afternoon Amy saw a puzzled juvenile blue jay that learned how to eat out of the feeder after watching a downy woodpecker.

7/29/16, GVSU arboretum:
Pileated woodpecker

5/20/16, Aman:
Thrushes singing

5/17/16, Blandford:
Indigo bunting

5/5/16, Aman Park:
Black-throated green warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, thrush (probably Swainson's), vireo, pair of Red-breasted Grosbeaks.

4/29/16, at home (morning), GVSU - Allendale (early afternoon), then Blandford Nature Center (early evening):

House Finch,
White-throated Sparrows (a whole flock feeding on the ground at Blandford in the evening), White-crowned Sparrow, House Sparrows, Song Sparrow?
Red-winged Blackbirds,
Tree Swallows,
Canada Geese, Mallard Ducks,
Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Robins,
Nuthatches, Chickadees, Titmouse,
Mourning Doves,
Red-tailed hawk, Turkey Vulture, Crows,
Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker,
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (female?),
4 warblers at the top of a tall tree, mostly yellow, perhaps Pine Warblers?

Usually at home feeders, also lately:
Hairy Woodpeckers,
Bluebird (Amy saw 4/28)

4/27/16, neighborhood:
Great Blue Heron, mute swans

Saturday, April 23, 2016


6/2/16, Blandford Nature Center:
White: Campion, blackberries
Yellow: Goat's beard

5/20/16, Aman Park:
White:  Mayapple,s False Solomon's Seal, False Lily-of-the-Valley, Wild Strawberries
Yellow:  Golden Alexanders
Red: Columbine
Pink/white: Honeysuckle

5/17/16,  Blandford Nature Center:
Pink/purple: Dame's Rocket

5/8/16, Blandford Nature Center:
Blue: phlox
Green: Jack-in-the-Pulpits
Yellow:  Marsh Marigolds, Winter Cress, Buttercups, Downy yellow violets
White:  Trillium, Squirrel corn, Canada white violets, False Rue Anemone
Pink/purple: wild geraniums, spring beauties, violets

brown - Garter snake!

5/5/16, Aman Park:
White: Canada white violets, squirrel corn
Pink/purple: wild geranium

4/29/16, Blandford Nature Center:
Pink/purple: wild geraniums

4/27/16, Blandford Nature Center:
Yellow: winter cress and downy yellow violets

4/22/16, at Aman Park, I saw: myrtle (not a wildflower), redbud trees blooming, and:

White: bloodroot, trillium, Dutchman's breeches, cut-leaved toothwort, false rue anemone
Yellow: dandelion, trout lilies, buttercups, large-flowered bellwort
Pink/purple: spring beauties, spring cress, violets
Green: blue cohosh
Maroon: wild ginger

I was sorry to have missed the hepatica blooming.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Working on my own racism

Today I attended a talk by Dr. Todd E. Robinson, author of A City within a City: The Black Freedom Struggle in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Dr. Louis Moore, about historic racism in GR and how we can do better presently at GVSU and in GR. One of our Financial Aid staff mentioned BL²END, which connects business leaders to
"young professionals of color to learn, network, grow and become engaged in the Grand Rapids community." Today's speakers' advice for caucasians was to go to the neighborhoods and shop at places we might not usually be in, to put ourselves into our discomfort zones, to interact and communicate with people who are different from ourselves. I liked BL²END's fb page.

Earlier in the semester, I worked with a student whose thesis was that the Black Panthers were not a "radical" group in the socially negative sense. I was happy to connect him to the Articles/Databases page of the Library Subject Guide for African American Studies, to find first-hand, participatory and observed accounts from African Americans.

A couple of weeks ago, we watched The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, a documentary which was fascinating and worth watching multiple times. I also just finished reading Rita Williams-Garcia's book One Crazy Summer, which set 3 young girls in Oakland, CA, in 1968, interacting with the Black Panthers. Both the film and book showed me that there were really positive aspects of the Panthers, e.g., African American men cooking and serving free breakfasts, the summer camps for youngsters, and the power of a kitchen printing press-produced poster of 20 copies bringing over 1,000 people to a rally.

Bias in search result algorithms

Matthew Reidsma recently posted about his research into search results from the Summon tool, and his work was referred to and built upon by both Barbara Fister and Dani B. Cook. Imperfections (aka bias) exist not only in information, but in tools which are meant to help us find information. It isn't just a matter of "question everything" or "question authority" but action too - not just looking for the best (that of god) in everyone but creating ways of finding the best in people and information. Creating and sharing meaning and purpose in community. Matthew's ways of allowing all users to participate in scrutinizing and questioning judgments made by corporations in order to improve information access is truly radical information literacy (Drew Whitworth). 

Friday, March 11, 2016

Advertising psychographics databases

SRDS database is not really being supported well; it is a "failing" database as far as I am concerned. However, its Local Market Audience Analyst reports data comes from Nielsen Demographics and PRIZM Segmentation, and Experian Simmons Lifestyle data. has the following info:

Nielsen Claritas PRIZM is the industry-leading consumer segmentation system which defines every U.S. household in terms of 66 demographic and behavior types or segments, identifying those consumers' likes, dislikes, lifestyles, and purchase behaviors.
Nielsen ConneXions
Nielsen Financial CLOUT
Nielsen P$YCLE
(See Databases folder, Nielsen Segmentation E-Resource Discovery Checklist)

Experian Simmons (Experian SimmonsLOCAL) is a powerful targeting and profiling system that provides insights into individual consumer behavior on a local level for all of America's 210 media markets, with 60,000+ data variables, including over 450 categories and 8,000 specific brands.

Excellent tutorials are available: Business Blog of the Ohio University Libraries site: at "Browse by Topic," click on the "SimplyMap" tag in the word cloud to retrieve all of the videos.