New Publications, Fall 2014

I am delighted to share two recent publications I’ve co-authored that have recently hit the press this fall!

First, my Cleveland Public Library colleague Anastasia Diamond-Ortiz and I have co-written a chapter for Reimagining Reference in the 21st Century from Purdue University Press that is part of the Charleston Insights in Library, Archival, and Information Sciences.   Our chapter,
“Participatory Approaches to Building Community-Centered Libraries,” focuses on an expanded conceptualization of “reference” and how community needs and the data we can glean from our community can drive library programming, services, and instruction.   A heartfelt thank you to our editors David A. Tyckoson and John G. Dove for the invitation to write and for their encouragement.

Secondly, Kristin Fontichiaro (University of Michigan) and I have co-authored an article for the September-October 2014 issue of Knowledge Quest, the journal of the American Association of School Librarians.   Our article “Undercurrents” calls into question the traditional precepts of defining school librarian success and invites our fellow librarians to be part of a larger conversation to rethink what it means to be a “good” school librarian today.   A sincere thank you to guest co-editors Beth Friese and Melissa Techman for their efforts with this issue.

Content Creation FTW: Information Literacy in the Wild

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From teacher and librarian extraordinaire Kristin Fontichiaro and her SI 641 / EDCURINS 575 : Information Literacy for Teaching and Learning students comes Information Literacy in the Wild, a class created of compilation of essays reflecting their field experiences in public libraries, K-12 libraries, K-12 classrooms, college classrooms (online and face-to-face), academic libraries, museums, and more.  I can’t find words to say how fierce and awesome this project is! BRAVO!  Read more about this project on Kristin’s blog; in the meantime…

from Kristin:

We hope you will enjoy reading about our observations, projects, and conclusions. Here are some tidbits with which to tantalize you:
– how Lady Gaga’s meat dress is an example of synthesis
– how an AP language teacher plans to teach an information literacy unit
– the importance of a lesson “hook”
– how to sneak an IL lesson into a tech lesson
– how a map can guide even the most experienced researchers
– bird unit sightings in public libraries … and a physics classroom
– how the SCVNGR app can refresh and deepen library orientation

You can download it for your eReader here:

It is also available as a formatted-for-print PDF:

We are eager to hear your feedback:

Kristin & SI 641/EDCURINS575