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Nov
2016
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Library Lockdown: An escape room by kids for the community

In Brief Hoping to bring the unexpected to Nebraska City, the Morton-James Public Library applied for an ALA Association for Library Service to Children Curiosity Creates grant to undertake an ambitious project: build an escape room. In a library storage room. With children. The hope was  by trying something completely different, we could increase interest...
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9
Nov
2016
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The Information Literacy of Survey Mark Hunting: A Dialogue

In Brief: This article makes connections between the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education and the activity of survey mark hunting. After a brief review of the literature related to geographic information systems (GIS), information literacy, and gamification of learning, the authors enter into a dialogue in which they discover and describe the...
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12
Oct
2016

Putting Critical Information Literacy into Context: How and Why Librarians Adopt Critical Practices in their Teaching

In Brief Critical information literacy asks librarians to work with their patrons and communities to co-investigate the political, social, and economic dimensions of information, including its creation, access, and use. This approach to information literacy seeks to involve learners in better understanding systems of oppression while also identifying opportunities to take action upon them. An...
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23
Sep
2016
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The Collective Approach: Reinventing Affordable, Useful, and Fun Professional Development

In Brief:  In 2014, a small group of librarians at the University of Tennessee set out to redefine the library conference landscape. Frustrated by the high cost and lack of tangible skills and takeaways at professional organization gatherings, they conceived of a low-cost, high-value symposium where academic librarians might learn, create, and collaborate together. The...
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19
Aug
2016

Pre-ILS Migration Catalog Cleanup Project

Image by flickr user ashokboghani (CC BY-NC 2.0) In Brief: This article was written to describe the University of New Mexico’s Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center’s (HSLIC) catalog cleanup process prior to migrating to a new integrated library system (ILS).  Catalogers knew that existing catalog records would need to be cleaned up before the...
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29
Jun
2016
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Inclusivity, Gestalt Principles, and Plain Language in Document Design

In Brief: Good design makes documents easier to use, helps documents stand out from other pieces of information, and lends credibility to document creators. Librarians across library types and departments provide instruction and training materials to co-workers and library users. For these materials to be readable and accessible, they must follow guidelines for usable document design....
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18
May
2016

Beta Spaces as a Model for Recontextualizing Reference Services in Libraries

In Brief: Reference services are at a cross-roads. While many academic libraries continue to offer reference services from behind a desk, others are moving to roving and embedded reference models. Meanwhile, libraries are also engaged in the development of collaborative learning spaces—often rich with technology, such as makerspaces and learning labs—but these spaces are often...
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4
May
2016
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Considering Outreach Assessment: Strategies, Sample Scenarios, and a Call to Action

In Brief: How do we measure the impact of our outreach programming? While there is a lot of information about successful outreach activities in the library literature, there is far less documentation of assessment strategies. There may be numerous barriers to conducting assessment, including a lack of time, money, staff, knowledge, and administrative support. Further,...
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24
Feb
2016

Change In Publication Schedule

by Editorial Board Hello friends and readers! We’re writing to let you know about a change in our publication strategy, effective immediately. Moving forward, we will be publishing articles on a rolling basis, instead of on every other Wednesday. At the moment, fewer submissions are coming in, but we still think In The Library With...
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11
Feb
2016

And we’re back!

by Editorial Board The In the Library with the Lead Pipe board has been investigating the hacked/malware warnings related to the site and are pleased to report we’re in the clear! Many thanks to @librarieshacked, who was able to pinpoint obfuscated code on the site. We’ve removed that and have passed the subsequent Google review....
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