Every time I try to show a class how to use Google Scholar, scholar.social pops up and I have to type the entire thing.

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Sheila Webber draws attention to a free webinar by the ACRL on June 6th in her Information Literacy Weblog [1]. Titel of the Webinar is "Critical Reading for Learning and Social Change". Unfortunatelly, a registration is needed: zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ba

[1] information-literacy.blogspot.

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I've been helping my library research #OER, and it's exciting to see how far we've come in a few months. 3 professors are looking to replace a first year textbook going up to over $100 next year with texts I found (woot! woot!) and we're having a meeting today of those interested in reviewing open resources this summer.

Just applied for a CV job, and those always scare me a little. I have a lot of work experience, and very little research/presentation experience. Or really, a lot of presentation experience, but I forget what year I presented on how to use Pinterest to get yearbook design ideas at the state high school journalism convention, and I doubt that's what they are looking for.

2011. I'm working on readings for an ACRL Framework workshop.

I feel like I read about Second Life in scholarly articles, and no where else.

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I have gone from citation mining to find articles to read to citation mining to avoid reading the articles I found. If I start printing things off, I can go outside and read, possibly near ducklings, but that would mean actually wading through all this and I'm not sure I'm ready for it.

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I'm giving a 10 minute presentation to a faculty group on how can be helpful and how I can help them find OER. Hence the uptick in talking to myself lately. I'm certain it will go fine, but I'm thinking I need to run through it again.

Anyone else have to close their office doors so they can talk to themselves?

The hidden crisis on college campuses: 36 percent of students don’t have enough to eat
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I wish there was more info on retention and grades, but this is an issue my private liberal arts college is discussing - how to help students who don't have money for food or books.

There needs to be a horror series about a monster that follows people through Google Docs. "Whatever you do, ignore the comments by Anonymous Lemur" "But I turned comments off...wait...NOOOOO!"

WVIK is on a maritime kick this afternoon. I could switch to Iowa Public Radio, but I listened to them this morning, and I want to be fair. you know what, though? maritime all Monday isn't fair, either.

I'm looking for suggestions for internet radio stations. I've been doing local NPR classical, but I think I need to mix it up - anything that goes well with researching library policies?

Today's acronym is BEAM. I think I understand it, I even think I like it, but can I'm still figuring out how to make it useful to undergrads.

Back to my OER research - I'm wondering if a thoughtful conversation early about important resources, paid or not is helpful. We want to teach students that it's good to build a library of useful resources or subscribe to worthwhile periodicals. But I just told my kid she has to get books from the library until payday, so I understand being budget conscious.

Other adventures in info literacy: I found out that if you talk about Google Scholar and RefWorks on the same day, you have to explain to a bunch of sad first year students that RefWorks can't suck metadata from a PDF and they have to enter it in by hand. I would totally trade Google Scholar in for a chance to pet one of the barking service dogs.

My college has a program where students can volunteer to train service dogs, so the chances that there's a half trained golden retriever barking in the middle of an info literacy session are decent. They never bark more than a couple times, so it is pretty much the best.

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Scholar Social

A Mastodon instance for academics

Scholar Social is meant for: researchers, grad students, librarians, archivists, undergrads, academically inclined high schoolers, educators of all levels, journal editors, research assistants, professors, administrators—anyone involved in academia who is willing to engage with others respectfully.

We strive to be a safe space for queer people and other minorities, recognizing that there can only be academic freedom where the existence and validity of interlocutors' identities is taken as axiomatic.

"A Mastodon profile you can be proud to put on the last slide of a presentation at a conference"

"Official" monthly journal club!

(Participation is, of course, optional)

Scholar Social features a monthly "official" journal club, in which we try to read and comment on a paper of interest.

Any user of Scholar Social can suggest an article by sending the DOI by direct message to @socrates@scholar.social and one will be chosen by random lottery on the last day of the month. We ask that you only submit articles that are from *outside* your own field of study to try to ensure that the papers we read are accessible and interesting to non-experts.

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