Getting into the gray areas with the draft Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

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Getting into the gray areas with the draft Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education instruction, librarianship, libraries, our digital future, social software

by Meredith Farkas on 3/3/2014 with 3 comments

This semester, I’m teaching I new course I developed for San Jose State’s MLIS program entitled “Embedded Librarians/Embedded Libraries: Embedding the Library into the Fabric of Higher Education.” It’s been a pleasure so far because the students are so ridiculously smart, insightful, and engaged that I can’t help but be excited about the future of …

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Library DIY infrastructure has been open sourced!

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Library DIY infrastructure has been open sourced! hi

by Meredith Farkas on 2/28/2014 with 7 comments

I wanted to let everyone know that we have just open sourced the Drupal-based Library DIY infrastructure. You can find it at https://github.com/pdxlibrary/Library-DIY We have documentation on how to get it installed on a server, how to get started using the system, and how to add/organize content. Unfortunately, we do not have the staff time …

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Don’t go it alone. On the benefits of collaboration.

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Don’t go it alone. On the benefits of collaboration. free the information!, instruction, librarianship, libraries, Work

by Meredith Farkas on 1/31/2014 with 4 comments

I don’t have all the answers. There, I said it! I’m a pretty smart person who did well in school and has been relatively successful in her career, but I don’t consider myself an “expert” in anything. However, when you teach, write a column for a major magazine in your profession, or even express yourself …

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Aloha Hawaii Library Association!

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Aloha Hawaii Library Association! speaking

by Meredith Farkas on 11/7/2013 with 3 comments

This week I’m in stunning Oahu speaking at the Hawaii Library Association. I’m super thrilled to have been invited to this amazing place and to have been lucky enough to bring my family along. Mahalo HLA!!! This post contains my presentation slides and links to the things I mentioned in my presentations. I hope these …

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Opening up knowledge on the tenure track

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Opening up knowledge on the tenure track free the information!, librarianship, libraries, open access, research, tenure track, writing

by Meredith Farkas on 10/23/2013 with 9 comments

I’m not a hero. I’m not an open access warrior. I’m not one of those people who would risk their career on the cross of Open Access. I’m not a badass who makes demands of publishers. I ask nicely. I’m on the tenure track and the idea of walking away from an opportunity to publish …

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Understanding why errors happen is more important than spotting them

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Understanding why errors happen is more important than spotting them assessment, instruction, librarianship, libraries

by Meredith Farkas on 9/10/2013 with 13 comments

People incorrectly using “big words” has always been one of my pet peeves. When I see a fancy word used incorrectly in a cover letter (and I have seen way too many… we’re librarians people!!!), I cringe. There’s something about it that rubs me the wrong way; like someone is trying to be something they’re …

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Good for what? Considering context in building learning objects.

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Good for what? Considering context in building learning objects. hi, instruction, librarianship, libraries, reference, tech trends, Work

by Meredith Farkas on 8/19/2013 with 12 comments

I’m working with a colleague of mine (Amy Hofer of Threshold Concepts fame) to create a suite of tutorials that are going to be integrated into online University Studies (think General Education) classes. One of the learning objects we plan to create is envisioned as being called “good for what?” Students tend to look at …

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Our new model for Freshman instruction and how it went

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Our new model for Freshman instruction and how it went instruction, librarianship, management

by Meredith Farkas on 7/17/2013 with 5 comments

One year ago, I became our General Education Instruction Coordinator, which meant that I was in charge of our instruction to Freshman Inquiry and Sophomore Inquiry (our first and second year general education courses), 100 and 200-level writing classes, Speech classes, and the Intensive English Language Program. Last summer, I wrote about the new model …

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Library DIY: Unmediated point-of-need support

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Library DIY: Unmediated point-of-need support instruction, librarianship, libraries, management, MPOW, our digital future, reference, tech trends, Work

by Meredith Farkas on 7/2/2013 with 17 comments

I recently realized that while I write about a lot of things, I do not often write about the work I’m doing at Portland State and through the Oregon Library Association. I think it comes partly from a desire not to toot my own horn, but it also reflects my nervousness about writing about work …

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Mobile Learning: The Teacher in Your Pocket

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Mobile Learning: The Teacher in Your Pocket free the information!, instruction, libraries, open access, our digital future, tech trends, writing

by Meredith Farkas on 4/23/2013 with 4 comments

There’s a great new book out on mobile technologies in libraries and I was fortunate to have been asked to contribute a chapter on mobile learning and mobile instruction in libraries. The book is called The Handheld Library: Mobile Technology and the Librarian and it was edited by the undeniably awesome Tom Peters and Lori …

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My critique of Value of Academic Libraries and a happy update

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My critique of Value of Academic Libraries and a happy update assessment, instruction, librarianship, libraries, writing

by Meredith Farkas on 4/21/2013 with 0 comment

My critique of the Value of Academic Libraries initiative has just been published in OLA Quarterly (it’s the first article in the PDF). I wrote it on the fly after a desperate request for content from the Oregon Library Association President, so it’s not my most thoughtful work, but I’m pretty happy with how it …

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