Friday, October 7, 2016

Radical Teacher, Lesbian Herstory Archives

Radical Teacher: A Socialist, Feminist, and Anti-Racist Journal on the Theory and Practice of Teaching
open access, of course!

Lesbian Herstory Archives : is this where my diaries & letters should go after my death or while still alive if I become demented?
The donation form is here: and must be printed out.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy

Conference presentations at

New insights gained: Library-wide support makes creating instructional videos easier [] by having extensive guidance documentation [], shared “intro” (introduction) and “outro” screens saved on a shared drive, and a small team who reviews videos before posting them to Vimeo (which allows editing or substituting new videos while maintaining the same url, and consistent branding, without advertising (which lessens the cognitive load), unlike YouTube). This allows librarians familiar with software like Captivate to make 2-minute screen-capture videos in half a day.

CUNY libraries have a mobile app for checking out items directly from the shelves: this is something GVSU libraries could use to increase inclusion and equity (reduces fears about library use and privacy).

UNC Wilmington has 9 hours of information literacy competency built into the curriculum via a first-year seminar, first-year writing (e.g., WRT 150), a 200-level writing course; and a 200-level course in each major (e.g., COM 275 Research Methods) which includes a pre-test, homework created by librarians, 4-5 50-minute library sessions taught by librarians, a research log with a reflection component, and a post-library-session exam. An interesting question posed as a reflective prompt was, “Did you find a resource that you didn’t expect or anticipate?”

Eli Arnold, Oglethorpe University, created a good library subject guide for a course assignment using archival material [] and emphasized the need to have a rubric for both instructors and students to evaluate primary sources used in assignments.

April Schweikhard from University of Oklahoma Tulsa, referred to tutorial using the “guide on the side” format with instructions on the left menu and the live website on the right [], to help students conduct searching. She also has students (social work) assessing a situation by creating a word cloud, demonstrating a search then having students practice with their own topics (already approved by instructor), having students work from a research question or problem statement to break it into its people/audience affected, interests, etc. (PICO modified), and then using the abstracts they find to decide if the research question/problem statement is answered in the article.

William Dooling, Creighton University, discussed pre- and post-tests for extra credit participation points that had 3 open-ended questions. A scenario (research question in a disciplinary topic) was presented, asking students to “tell us in a few sentences (including multiple steps) how you would find 1) two journal articles, 2) locate two books, and 3) locate a specific cited article (citation provided from a bibliography). Dooling used a 4-category scoring rubric which added a quantitative value to the qualitative answers, shared results with the faculty, and had “debriefing” conversations with the faculty members. This assessment would be easily doable by GVSU library faculty.

Significant contacts made: Kelly McBride, Coordinator Information Literacy and Instruction, Belk Library and Information Commons, Appalachian State University (instruction and assessment); Carrie Moran, Rachel Mulvihill, Rosalie Flowers and Karli Mair, University of Central Florida (instructional videos); Vonzell Yeager, University of North Carolina at Wilmington (Communication Studies liaison librarian - a comprehensive computer based training module and the related library instruction session); Sheila Devaney, University of Florida (advertising library subject guides).

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Anishinaabe reading

I read Dirty Copper by Jim Northrup. It is mostly narrative, but an interesting read - about an Ojibwe man, Vietnam vet, who became a police officer first on the reservation, then in an urban area.

Next, I read Ogimawkwe Mitigwaki (Queen of the Woods) by Simon Pokagon (Pokagon band, Potawatomi). He lived from 1830-1899, and this is named as the 1st Anishinaabe novel, an autobiographical novel about colonialism and its effects, set in southwest Michigan. It contains many Anishinaabemowin words and phrases, but apparently Pokagon used a mixture of Potawatomi, Ottawa, and Ojibwa, and the new edition published by Michigan State University Press standardized the Anishinaabemowin. I read the 1899 edition, but even so, recognized words I have seen and heard in other contexts. I enjoyed the descriptions of life and wildlife in the woods but felt the negative effects of white society on Native Americans keenly.

I  also read parts of the nonfiction book Imprints: The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and the City of Chicago, by John N. Low(with bits about Michigan), including a chapter on Leroy Wesaw, born in Michigan but moved to Chicago for work, who created the Chicago Canoe Club. Chapter 1 explains the history of the Pokagon band, why some Potawatomi were able to stay in Michigan, and mentions Julia Wesaw, a well-known basket weaver. Chapters 1-2 also discuss Simon Pokagon's life and novel.

Reading a few poems by Margaret Noodin, Weweni, in both Anishinaabemowin and English. Noodin is also the editor of the new edition of Queen of the Woods.

Came across this title, which looks fascinating. A Two-Spirit Journey: The Autobiography of a Lesbian Ojibwa-Cree Elder by Ma-Nee Chacaby. Have requested it.

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

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Saturday, April 30, 2016


10/8/16, Millennium Park:
Pied billed grebes, 4 sandhill cranes, osprey, swan, Canada geese, herring gulls, red-winged blackbirds, sandpiper.

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.