Monthly Archives: January 2017

Sue Conant’s Retirement

Sue Conant celebrating her retirement!

Sue Conant celebrating her retirement!

On January 5, 2017, the library staff celebrated the retirement of Sue Conant, the Associate Director of the Library and Circulation Director who had worked in the library for 34 years. We are currently conducting a search to fill the position. However, while the job is open, please contact Cheryl McGrath, the Library Director, with all Circulation questions and concerns: cmcgrath2@stonehill.edu or 508-565-1223.

Learning Starts at the Library: Spring 2017

A recap of Fall 2016 classes taught by librarians.

A recap of Fall 2016 classes taught by librarians.

Space in the DisCo and the Info Cafe are going fast! We already have 45 sessions booked for the Spring 2017 semester. Last year, Librarians conducted 117 information fluency sessions, with an additional 105 Info Cafe research consultations for individuals and small groups.

 

This semester we also have a new eLearn module available to faculty for their courses. You can read more about our “Recognizing Fake News” resources here.

We offer a wide variety of ways for students to work with the library, including information fluency sessions in the DisCo, small group consultations, one-on-one research consultations, and participation in your course eLearn site.

For Faculty interested in having librarians teach information fluency sessions in the DisCo:

  • Visit our website to learn more about the DisCo
  • Visit our Classroom Policies Libguides page to learn more about using the space
  • Visit our Teaching Templates Libguides page to see examples of interactive class sessions
  • For additional information on the technology in the classroom, including instructions for its use, visit the Flynn DisCo LibGuide.
  • The LibGuide will continue to be updated as we receive feedback and determine additional applications for the classroom technology.

For Students interested in using the Flynn DisCo:

  • Visit our website to learn more about the DisCo
  • Visit the Flynn DisCo Libguide for instructions on using the technology for group work and studying

Fighting Fake News

This week’s Monday Morning Update featured a story about how Stonehill Faculty and Librarians are working together to teach critical news literacy. In December, the Center for Innovative Design (CID) offered a Lab-n-Lunch session for faculty. One of the breakout sessions was a table discussion about fake news.

 

Lydia Emmanouilidou, a producer from WGBH’s “On Campus” program, attended the session and talked with faculty and librarians for her story, “News Discretion 101: Teaching Students to Identify Fake News.”

 

As Professor Karen Teoh pointed out during the Lab-n-lunch session, Stonehill students and faculty need a “concerted, consistent strategy to show…that in pretty much every discipline, every course…discrimination when it comes to sources is key.”

 

To assist students and faculty, the Library has created a “Recognizing Fake News” module that can be added into any eLearn course site. This module helps students discern the difference between real and fake news sites and provides resources for evaluating online content.

 

“Recognizing Fake News” includes 5 steps:

·        Step 1: Pre-test

·        Step 2: Background reading

·        Step 3: Case study: The Denver Guardian

·        Step 4: Resources for analyzing news sources

·        Step 5: Post-test

 

For Faculty

The library has also compiled additional resources for faculty. The module is available to any faculty member who would like to include it in their spring courses. To include this module, email Liz Chase, echase2@stonehill.edu for more information and instructions.

 

The Library plans to develop additional information skills modules that will be available to all faculty; we are currently working to create “Digging a Little Deeper,” focused on deeper analysis of sources, including when and how to use Wikipedia. Based on faculty feedback, we will then work to build modules that focus on research skills specific to each of the COR disciplines. If you have any questions or would like to suggest information skills modules for future development, please email reference@stonehill.edu or call 508-565-1203.

 

Subject liaisons are also available to meet with faculty about spring courses, to collaborate on research skills instruction, and to work with students through in-class sessions, an online presence in eLearn classes, and/or one-on-one research consultations during the semester. Please contact your subject liaison if you’d like to set up a meeting to discuss library instruction offerings for your spring courses.