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ACRL Releases “Snapshots of Reality”

Snapshots of Reality: A Practical Guide to Formative Assessment in Library InstructionACRL announces the publication of Snapshots of Reality: A Practical Guide to Formative Assessment in Library Instruction by Mary Snyder Broussard, Rachel Hickoff-Cresko, and Jessica Urick Oberlin.

Through ten practical chapters, Snapshots of Reality works from the assumption that classroom-based assessment does not have to take away from invaluable instruction time, nor does it have to be an overwhelmingly complicated task. The book outlines the concept of formative assessment, “bite-sized” assessments that help the librarian get a snapshot of the students’ level of understanding in relation to the learning target(s). These mini-assessments are usually learning tools themselves and can be assessed quickly enough that can be adjusted on the spot to meet the immediate needs of learners.

Snapshots of Reality explores the adaptation of formative assessment theory into something that works for the library one-shot and more advanced instructor-librarian collaborations. It also includes three sections detailing 48 FAST (Formative Assessment Snapshot Technique) ideas for use before, during and after instruction sessions as well as a guided planning template to help librarians seamlessly bring formative assessment into the library classroom. This book is appropriate for all types of academic libraries, school libraries with strong information literacy programs, and library and information school collections.

Snapshots of Reality is available for purchase in print, as an e-book, and as a print/ e-book bundle through the ALA Online Store; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers. Coming soon to Amazon in print and for Kindle.

Environmental Scan of OERs, MOOCs, and Libraries

Environmental Scan and Assessment cover-1ACRL is pleased to announce the release of “Environmental Scan of OERs, MOOCs, and Libraries: What Effectiveness and Sustainability Means for Libraries’ Impact on Open Education,” a research report by Carmen Kazakoff-Lane. Kazakoff-Lane (Extension Librarian at the Brandon University John E. Robbins Library in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada) introduces and provides background on the open educational resources (OER) and massive open online course (MOOC) movements and investigates the effectiveness and challenges to sustainability of each. The report will be of interest to those who are seeking to learn about OERs and MOOCs, as well as to those for whom the roles of librarians in the realm of open education is an interest, and includes a substantial set of references for further investigation. The paper is freely available on the ACRL website (PDF).

Learn more about OERs in the recent Jossey-Bass/ ACRL publication Interactive Open Educational Resources: A Guide to Finding, Choosing, and Using What’s Out There to Transform College Teaching by John D. Shank.

Virtually Embedded: The Librarian in an Online Environment

Virtually Embedded: The Librarian in an Online EnvironmentACRL announces the publication of Virtually Embedded: The Librarian in an Online Environment, edited by Elizabeth Leonard and Erin McCaffrey.

The rise of online education at institutions of higher learning, together with the increasing cost of higher education, lead some to suggest that online (or distance) education will eventually become the dominant form of higher learning. This trend has particular significance for librarians. Virtually Embedded, a blueprint for embedding academic librarians in online environments from undergraduate to science-based graduate schools to MOOCs, is the first book to extensively explore how librarians can play a key role in the virtual academic landscape.

The authors of the book’s 12 chapters, academic librarians representing a broad range of colleges and universities, explore the evolution of the embedded librarian from physical to virtual, suggest how to develop and implement unique programs in and out of the classroom and explain how to scale programs once they are embedded.

Virtually Embedded: The Librarian in an Online Environment is available for purchase in print, as an e-book and as a print/ e-book bundle through the ALA Online Store; in print and for Kindle through Amazon.com; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

Interactive Open Educational Resources

Interactive Open Educational ResourcesACRL announces its sponsorship of the publication by Jossey-Bass of Interactive Open Educational Resources: A Guide to Finding, Choosing, and Using What’s Out There to Transform College Teaching by John D. Shank.

Recent faculty surveys show that some of the most difficult challenges instructors face when teaching are motivating and engaging their students, while making connections to critical course content. And today’s students are “digital natives”–a generation who like to be able to watch, listen, read, and interact with their technology-rich environment. Consequently, interactive learning resources in various formats (including multimedia tutorials, modules, games and simulations) are rapidly becoming vital learning resources for faculty and students to enhance both classroom and online learning. Unfortunately, it is difficult and confusing for faculty, librarians and students to locate and utilize existing high-quality interactive learning resources.

Sponsored by ACRL, Interactive Open Educational Resources is the only resource to weed through OERs to identify which ones are effective. It helps decipher the best tools, resources and techniques for discovering, selecting, and integrating interactive learning resources into the higher education teaching and learning process. Shank examines many of the best repositories and digital library websites for finding high quality materials, explaining in depth the best practices for effectively searching these repositories and the various methods for evaluating, selecting and integrating the resources into the instructor’s curriculum and course assignments, as well as the institution’s learning management system.

These new resources, and new activities centered around them, will increase student engagement with the course content and enhance student learning. Additionally, instructors will learn how to employ and use interactive learning resources for student assessment.

Interactive Open Educational Resources: A Guide to Finding, Choosing, and Using What’s Out There to Transform College Teaching is available for purchase in print and as an e-book from the Jossey-Bass website.

Shank will be available to discuss the book from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26., 2014,  at the ACRL booth (#1045) at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.

Studying Students: A Second Look

Studying Students: A Second LookACRL announces the publication of Studying Students: A Second Look, edited by Nancy Fried Foster. The book revisits the ground-breaking ethnographic work done by the University of Rochester’s River Campus Libraries and serves as a follow-up to the 2007 ACRL release Studying Students.

Studying Students: A Second Look presents the results of further ethnographic projects at the University of Rochester’s River Campus Libraries. Topics range from how college students “learn the ropes” to their use of technology and how they study and write their research papers. The volume also discusses what professors expect of their students along with the similarities and differences among faculty, student and librarian research practices. Filled with ideas for applying the findings, the book provides additional insight into the place and role of libraries in the academy.

“In recent years, we began to ask ourselves whether our undergraduates were still the same as they had been almost 10 years ago when we did the first study,” Fried Foster notes. “Had anything changed about our undergraduates and their work practices? Accordingly, we convened a team and conducted a new study, the Undergraduate Research Refresher, from 2011—2013. This book reports on the new study and draws comparisons to the original work.”

Studying Students: A Second Look is available for purchase in print, as an e-book and as a print/ e-book bundle through the ALA Online Store; in print and for Kindle through Amazon.com; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

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