by Andrea Gillaspy-Steinhilper, Lower Columbia College.
Congratulations all 82 of you people who made it to the Spring 2015 CLAMS conference in Elegant Everett Washington. The weather cooperated, the college cooperated, and our presenters cooperated to make it a wonderful session.
We began with a pre-conference from ExLibris, featuring Tony Gibbons, our new Program manager for the migration from whatever existing ILS we have to Alma/Primo. Tony’s goal is to make sure we feel comfortable with the product we are offering our students and our campus. As a librarian in a previous existence, has worked with ILS migration from both the vendor and the librarian perspective, and will do his best to help us.
The “official” conference began with a presentation from Joe Tennis (University of Washington) on how our use of words and descriptors changes the way we think and learn about the information we get. The conference ended with a presentation from Bridget Nowlin (Cornish College) on how we learn and understand what we see from images. Between them, we understand that both words AND images are essential to our understanding, and to how our students will understand and internalize what they learn.
Brenda Peterson spoke with us about memoirs, sea animals, and how we live in the world with them, and led us on an exploration of our beginnings as librarians. More information on her presentation is in our article by Esther Sunde.
Friday offered us two presentations on the nuts and bolts of library presentations. In the first one, Librarian Heather Uhl and Instructor Deborah Murphey demonstrated how they teach information literacy in an English 102 course, including flipping the classroom so only two sessions with Heather led to thorough research experience for the students. An essential component for both Heather and Deborah was that the student pick something of interest to them, rather than from a canned list – and find the level of information that would address their questions. (This image is from their slide presentation).
The second “nuts and bolts” presentation was from Kevin Seeber of Colorado State University. He discussed his – and our – less fruitful workshops – and his route to a more meaningful workshop which actually led students to think. He has students consider how much editing, time, reviewing, how many words, and other categories go into everything from tweets to scholarly articles. Given that consideration, students need to decide what is the most useful kind of material for any given need. He offered us links to his presentation.
This excellent conference gave us all great ideas to bring home to our colleges.