DAY TWO ~ Saturday, July 29 ~ One of my challenges for this year’s ALA convention is to master the tablet. I humbly report that I have a way to go. I observed many librarians using their smart phones and iPads to take notes. Initially, I tried this method, too. It slowed me down and I reverted to my favorite note-taking method of pen and paper. While I am reporting at day’s end via tablet and keyboard, I find myself hampered by the lack of a computer mouse. With this challenge in mind, I will briefly report on today’s informative events and will follow-up when I return home to my laptop by adding hyperlinks where they are needed.
Highlights of ALA Day Two include the following:
- BEST WEBSITES FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING ~ Included highlights of the award-winning websites with recorded interviews with many of the sites’ creators. Most impressive to me were:
- Flipsnack – converts pdf files to online flipbooks and can be embedded
- Edcanvas – a presentation tool – presenters used this tool to showcase all 25 award winning sites
- iCivics – founded by Sandra Day O’Connor
- Science Netlinks – produced by AAAS
- TedEd – lessons centered on YouTube videos
- Digital Public Library of America – more on this site following a program tomorrow
- THE GUIDE ON THE SIDE: A TRANSFORMATION IN DATABASE INSTRUCTION ~ An overview of an interactive open source program developed by Arizona University Libraries. My follow-up activity will be to give this program a try when I return to work.
- WHY DOES INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM MATTER TO ACADEMIC LIBRARIES? ~ Barbara M. Jones, ALA Director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom, shared stories of the more nuanced and complex issues that take place in public and private colleges and universities. More to follow on this program shortly.
Reference, Systems, and Instruction Librarian