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The Fun of Motivation: Crossing the Threshold Concepts

Fun of Motivation coverACRL announces the publication of The Fun of Motivation: Crossing the Threshold Concepts by Mary Francis, book number 71 in ACRL’s Publications in Librarianship series. This innovative book combines theory with specific lesson plans and assessment options to help readers explore, implement, and assess this powerful means of motivation.

What’s the place of fun in education? When students learn something new, they reach a learning edge, a threshold, where learning becomes uncomfortable because the material is difficult or beyond their understanding. To avoid this discomfort, some students can simply fall back on what they already know. This is a critical point, because if they do not move beyond the edge, they are stuck with both limited knowledge and a negative feeling about learning. Fun can be used as a motivating technique to help students get past this learning edge, and to meet an established goal or learning objective.

The Fun of Motivation: Crossing the Threshold Concepts is organized into two parts—Part I examines the theories behind motivation and fun in the classroom, and offers three instructional techniques that highlight their benefits. Part II is the application of the theories explored in Part I, and its six chapters each address one of the threshold concepts provided in ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. Each chapter contains three lesson plans addressing the threshold concept, one for each of the three fun instructional techniques. Assessment opportunities are provided throughout, with formative assessment strategies as well as summative assessments, including sample rubrics to apply to a range of student work. Each lesson plan ends with a section on possible modifications and accommodations and additional ideas on how to adapt the lesson for different student populations.

The threshold concepts within the Framework need to be facilitated with deliberation by librarians integrating them into their instruction sessions. Students must be motivated to learn these concepts that help them master skills across disciplines. The Fun of Motivation can help you utilize this compelling means of motivation.

The Fun of Motivation: Crossing the Threshold Concepts is available for purchase in print and as an ebook through the ALA Online Store and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

Disciplinary Applications of Information Literacy Threshold Concepts

Disciplinary Applications of Information Literacy Threshold Concepts coverACRL announces the publication of Disciplinary Applications of Information Literacy Threshold Concepts, edited by Samantha Godbey, Susan Beth Wainscott, and Xan Goodman. In 25 chapters divided into sections mirroring ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education—Authority is Constructed and Contextual, Information Creation as a Process, Information has Value, Research as Inquiry, Scholarship as Conversation, and Searching as Strategic Exploration—Disciplinary Applications of Information Literacy Threshold Concepts explores threshold concepts as an idea and the specifics of what the concepts contained in the Framework look like in disciplinary contexts.

The definition of threshold concepts has been expanded over the years based on the work of many educational scholars and practitioners, but are essentially described as a portal, transition, or threshold to additional learning and deeper understanding for a learner. Threshold concepts are transformative, integrative, irreversible, bounded, and troublesome, and can be a valuable tool in both facilitating students’ understanding of their subject and aiding in curriculum development within the disciplines.

Disciplinary Applications of Information Literacy Threshold Concepts provides a balance of theoretical and practical to help readers both conceptually and pragmatically with their work in supporting student learning, including chapters in which librarians have designed learning outcomes aligned with the frames of the Framework. These examples demonstrate different approaches to working with information literacy threshold concepts and how librarians are incorporating them within their disciplinary and institutional contexts. The chapters cover many disciplines, including the humanities, social sciences, life sciences, and physical sciences, and a range of students, from first-year undergraduates to doctoral students. As Ray Land says in the Foreword, “This volume marks a significant new departure in the development of the threshold concepts analytic framework.”

Disciplinary Applications of Information Literacy Threshold Concepts is available for purchase in print and as an ebook through the ALA Online Store and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage – Fall 2017

RBM Fall 2017 coverThe Fall 2017 issue of RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage is now freely available online. Visit the RBM website for complete contents of RBM and its preceeding title Rare Books & Manuscripts Librarianship from 1986 to the present. RBM became an open access journal in Spring 2016.

Editor’s Note

Richard Saunders. “Editor’s Note.”

Research Articles

D. Courtenay McLeland. “Artists’ Books Collection Development: Considerations for New Selectors and CollectionsArtists’ Books Collection Development: Considerations for New Selectors and Collections.”

Melissa McMullan and Joanna Cobley. “Lessons in Ephemera: Teaching and Learning through Cultural Heritage Collections.”

Eddie Woodward. “The Epidemic in the Archives: A Layman’s Guide to Cellulose Acetate Lamination.”

Colleen Hoelscher and Sarah Burke Cahalan. “Rethinking Special Collections Moves as Opportunities, not Obstacles.”

Book Reviews

Jennifer K. Sheehan. Michelle Levy and Tom Mole. The Broadview Introduction to Book History.

Eric C. Stoykovich. Science in the Archives: Pasts, Presents, Futures. Lorraine Daston, ed.

C&RL News – November 2017

C&RL News-November 2017The November 2017 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online. The continued focus on the accuracy of information in both traditional and social media provides an important opportunity for academic and research librarians to provide information literacy instruction that is meaningful to students beyond their classroom assignments. In their article “Says who?” librarians from Aquinas College provide insight into a variety of classroom approaches to addressing “fake news” with undergraduate students.

Librarians at the University of California-Merced took a variety of approaches to highlighting media literacy on campus, including a library exhibit, faculty workshop, special events, and a social media outreach campaign. Sara Davidson Squibb writes about their efforts in her article “Be aware: Elevate your news evaluation.”

The ACRL Publications Coordinating Committee recently conducted a demographic survey of ACRL’s editorial boards as part of their committee workplan. Emily Ford, Wendi Arant Kaspar, and Peggy Seiden discuss the results of the survey in “Diversity of ACRL publications, editorial board demographics.”

In this issue’s Scholarly Communication article, ACRL President Cheryl A. Middleton discusses “Closing the divide” between subject and scholarly communication librarians to help reach common campus goals around open access and other scholarly communication issues.

Librarians continue to use the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy in creative ways. Four art and design librarians from different institutions write about their collaborative efforts to apply the Framework to Studio Art classes in their article “CREATE.”

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including a look at applying user experience design principles to library signage, Internet Resources on “Community engagement in higher education” by Anne Marie Gruber, a The Way I See It essay on “Reference, reading, and nonreading” by Evan F. Kuehn, a preview of the November issue of College & Research Libraries in the C&RL Spotlight department, and the ACRL 2019 Call for Participation.

Undergraduate Research and the Academic Librarian: Case Studies and Best Practices

Undergraduate Research coverACRL announces the publication of Undergraduate Research and the Academic Librarian: Case Studies and Best Practicesedited by Merinda Kaye Hensley and Stephanie Davis-Kahl. In 25 chapters featuring 60 expert contributors, Undergraduate Research and the Academic Librarian is a detailed guide to how librarians can help students go beyond a foundation of information literacy toward advanced research and information management skills, and align the library with institutional goals of engagement and retention.

Undergraduate research is often conflated with standard end-of-semester research papers, featuring APA style bibliographies and a certain number of sources. But in fact, undergraduate research is one of several high-impact educational practices identified by George Kuh and the Association of American Colleges & Universities, and is increasingly seen as a vital part of the undergraduate experience. Research helps students connect the dots between their interests, general education courses, writing requirements, and major coursework, and increases learning, retention, enrollment in graduate education, and engagement in future work.

Undergraduate Research and the Academic Librarian explores the strategic new services and cross-departmental collaborations academic libraries are creating to support research: publishing services, such as institutional repositories and undergraduate research journals; data services; copyright services; poster printing and design; specialized space; digital scholarship services; awards; and much more. These programs can be from any discipline, can be interdisciplinary, can be any high-impact format, and can reflect upon an institution’s own history, traditions, and tensions.

As higher education becomes more competitive—for dollars, for students, for grant money, for resources in general—institutions will need to increase their development of programs that provide the experiential and deep learning, and increased engagement, that research provides. The scholarly and extracurricular experiences of college are increasingly becoming a major part of marketing college education. Beyond the one-shot, beyond course-integrated instruction, Undergraduate Research and the Academic Librarian examines how the structures that undergird undergraduate research, such as the library, can become part of the core infrastructure of the undergraduate experience.

Undergraduate Research and the Academic Librarian is available for purchase in print and as an ebook through the ALA Online Store; in print 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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