Monday, August 24, 2015

Musings

Updates:
  • We recently issued a last call for contributor agreements.  As of today we are only missing one.  There was a fair bit of confusion as to who sent what in and who received it.  
  • We will be presenting at the C-EBLIP fall symposium at the University of Saskatchewan this October on contracts - so watch for some key take-aways later in October.  
  • Our publisher requested complete contact information for our contributors
  • And finally, we requested feedback about the contract process from all of our contributors; re: presentation above
As it gets closer to the October 31st deadline for chapter submissions, the work and the need to organize the project is increasing.  I haven't even began to think about my own contribution.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Library Researcher Series

I wanted to share this beautifully written article by Rachel Sarjeant-Jenkins about a team that I had the privilege of working with for the past 3 years. Good friends, colleagues and teachers!  What an honour to be in your company.

http://library.usask.ca/news/2015/our-people-congratulations-to-the-library-researcher-series-team.php

Librarian Journal Club

I have been a member of the C-EBLIP journal club for the past year.  As a member, you are responsible for hosting one of the meetings, choosing an article and then leading the discussion.

Here is my blog post, summarizing the meeting that I hosted:
http://words.usask.ca/ceblipblog/2015/07/14/conducting-research-on-instructional-practices-c-eblip-journal-club-may-14-2015/.

BTW - such a great initiative as part of the C-EBLIP centre activities.  I have enjoyed all of the articles that we have read over the past year, many of which, I would have never read otherwise.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Courage

The greatest thing that I have learned from being an instructor, is to be brave.  It can be incredibly daunting to stand in front of a class and try to convey your message in a way that is interesting and engaging.  Especially when the class may not be interested in what you have to say or it might not be at a time in the semester when they recognize the value of the information.

The strength and courage that I have gleaned from the process of teaching has helped me in every other aspect of my life.  It helps me to be brave when faced with a difficult situation.  It also forces me to never give up.  To ameliorate, to strive for 'bigger and better', to truly seek life-long learning.  It compels me to step out on that stage time and time again, even though I am nervous, even though it would be easier not to.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Impact

Don't underestimate the power of your impact.  I received a book deal based on my very first journal article.  I was offered an international chat forum on flipped classrooms, based on my second article.  And I was recently offered another book deal, based on, I have no idea....  It said social media.  Don't know how they associated that with me, but there you have it.  All of this, and I only have two citations to date of my work.  What that means to me is that I am having an impact, but not in the traditional sense of the word, nor in the traditional sense of impact factors in publishing.

Another example can be found within this blog... One of my posts has been viewed almost 700 times.  What was it on you may ask? Well it detailed a presentation that I had attended at WILU in 2012.  The presenters were Maura Mastesic and Gina Mastesic from York University.  Talk about some powerful altmetrics for these two!!!  It does beg the question however, how do you assess your impact?  Unless I reached out and let them know about this blog post, how would they ever find out?  And even if they found their names in my post through a Google search, how would they know the impact of the post?  As far as I know, I am the only one who can see that information.  

Altmetrics is incredibly interesting and I am eager to learn more about how this emerging trend will affect impact in the library world and beyond!

Second deadline has past

We received 29 proposals from 26 different author(s).  We reviewed all submissions, made comments where we thought the focus of the chapter should be, recorded keywords and then responded to the contributors.

The meeting took approximately 3.5 hours.  I was totally impressed by what we were able to accomplish.  This is due largely in part to the fact that I have found someone to work with that has a similar work ethic to mine.  Doesn't hurt that we also really like each other!

Information from Chandos has been forwarded to the contributors including a sample chapter, abstract and keyword guideline and a reference style document, as well as, permissions information.  Each contributor will receive a contract directly from Chandos publishing.

My advice at this point in the process:
  • pick someone that you work well with, if you are thinking of co-authoring or co-editing a book
  • stay organized 
    • we have many spreadsheets on the go!
  • take a deep breath, because you will have a lot of work ahead of you!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

organize your projects in advance

Something that has become abundantly clear to me is that it is very helpful to design your project, before you start.  I know this seems obvious and you are probably shaking your head at me now - but sometimes, you think, what will it hurt if I starting reading articles now. 

It really hasn't hurt.  I took good notes and highlighted important text while I read, but it would have been much easier (let me say that again - much easier) to read and record on a spreadsheet at the same time.  Instead of reading and now skimming each article.

So that you may benefit from my newly obtained knowledge, my research group is reviewing articles on the following criteria:
  • author, date, title
  • type of article
  • creation (of online materials, ie: Camtasia, Jing, etc.)
  • access (how those materials are accessed by students)
  • assessment
  • outcomes and recommendations
  • other relevant information about the article