Monday, October 29, 2007

Global Modules Hit the Big Time!

The Chronicle of Higher Education has caught on to the coolness of Global Modules and highlighted them in this article. Congratulations Gary and everyone involved in making Global Modules a success.

If you are still wondering what the big deal about Global Modules is, here is Gary giving you the skinny in 9 minutes (bravo to Rob Williams for the video and the editing!)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

So What is a Global Module?

You've heard about it.
You've maybe even participated in it.
But what is a global module?

Thre are a couple of ways to find out:
1. Track down that elusive Gary Scudder and latch on to his enthusiasm for the project. Oh wait...he's traveling the world right now making connections for further modules but keep your eyes on the blog roll to the right to find out when he'll be back!
2. Check out the Global Modules website or blog to learn more.
3. Check it out in YouTube. (Yes, educational uses for YouTube!)
Here is our own Bob Mayer:

And here is Cinse Bonino's explanation of it:

Thanks to Rob Williams for capturing these "Champlain Stories" and sharing them with the rest of us.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Meaningful Books Series highlights Angela Batista

The Miller Information Commons’ “Meaningful Books” Series highlights

Angela Batista, Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Wednesday, October 24th at Noon,
Miller Information Commons, Vista Room
(Refreshments will be served)

Welcome and get to know Angela Batista, the new director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Angela's list of meaningful books reflects her journey and many transitions from a simple childhood in the Dominican Republic to a complex immigrant experience in New York City and later in Vermont.

Although Angela did not own any books as a child, her love of reading was inspired by the stories she listened to on the radio and the oral tradition passed down from generation to generation by her family members.

The first book Angela owned by Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes, a gift by a beloved high school teacher. The story opened a whole new world of possibilities and dreams for Angela as a young woman trying to find her way out of a challenging and at times dangerous neighborhood in Brooklyn.

Join us on October 24th to find out more about Angela's journey and the books that have made a difference in her life.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Champlain Gamers noted in the Library blogosphere

Rock on Jenny Levine, (aka the Shifted Librarian) for highlighting Champlain College's gaming students in this post. All of us at the Library wish them the very best of luck in this hard core contest. I know they will rock it in Orlando!

These are the same students that are working with the Library to develop an information literacy game to complement are developing IL program. We met for a brainstorming session last night and they are a rowdy, smart, creative bunch. They latched onto key IL concepts and ran with it, offering a slew ideas as to how to make information literacy exciting to college kids everywhere.

More to come on the project. Exciting stuff coming out of Champlain...

LexisNexis: let's put it to good use!

Have you used LexisNexis recently and noticed a change or just interested in learning more about this online database?

Information Professional Consultant Andrea Sevetson is coming to Burlington on Thursday October 11th to provide a training session for Librarians on the new LexisNexis interface.

You are welcome to attend this session scheduled in GBTC 112 from 2:00 to 3:30. Handouts will be provided.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Brown Bag at the Library

On Tuesday, October 2nd, Michele and Paula hosted a Brown Bag at the Library from 1-2 featuring ARTstor. The appreciative audience, Cinse Bonino, Al Capone, and David Kite, enjoyed fresh Vermont apple cider and chocolate “autumn foiled wrapped” kisses while Michele Melia, the library’s ARTstor guru, presented introductory and intermediate features of ARTstor. Paula showed an alternate way to access ARTstor images through JSTOR. The display of portraiture books we had set up for the presentation in MIC308 also showed off our rich collection of art books, and generated an idea from the crowd to move the books to the display area at the Circulation Desk for all to see, and check out! We plan on offering more Brown Bag Informals in the future.