ALA Live Webinars: Mindfulness for Librarians

Panel: Dr. Richard Moniz, Martin House, and Kenley Newfeld This post provides describes the panel discussion held in the latest ALA Live Webinar entitled “Mindfulness for Librarians”. The latest issue of American Libraries contains an article on this subject. I have tried to capture as much of the panelists’ discussion as possible, but the full … More ALA Live Webinars: Mindfulness for Librarians

Participatory Decision-Making: The Groan Zone Model

I recently finished another step in the PSAC Union Development Program (UDP). The focus on this session was on strategic action. The session included three days of learning activities including guest speakers, group activities, and hands-on workshops. This post is dedicated to one of the topics from this development program step: the groan zone. The … More Participatory Decision-Making: The Groan Zone Model

Exciting Times for Library and Information Studies at Carleton University

Yesterday I had the opportunity to take a tour of Carleton University’s MacOdrum Library and to learn about Carleton’s new Bachelor of Information Technology – Information Resource Management program. Both the library space and the new program are innovative and student-centric. The MacOdrum Library has undergone a major renovation in which two new floors of … More Exciting Times for Library and Information Studies at Carleton University

Thinking Critically About Thinking

Back in September 2015 I completed a Google online course entitled “Computational Thinking for Educators”.  This free online course was designed to “[help] educators integrate computational thinking into their curriculum”. It is available online at https://computationalthinkingcourse.withgoogle.com/course?use_last_location=true At the time that I took this course I was deep in my grounded theory thesis and was thinking … More Thinking Critically About Thinking

Dialogic Reading

I recently learned the term “dialogic reading” which describes a method of storytelling that encourages children to actively engage with books and stories and to think about what they see and hear. In the same week that I heard this technique mentioned at the Canadian Association for Information Science (CAIS) conference I saw an article … More Dialogic Reading

CAIS 2017 – Information Scientists Working to Empower

I had the opportunity to attend the Canadian Association for Information Science (CAIS) 2017 Conference in Toronto this week. I attended a session entitled “Interactions with Technology” at this conference. At first glance one might think that a session with this title would be focused on technology. The three speakers in this session spoke on … More CAIS 2017 – Information Scientists Working to Empower