Using New Skills
Recently I got a chance to finally participate in something I like to call traditional librarianship. Up until a couple of months ago I was only involved with 1 prong of the Library Holy Trinity (Reference, Collection Development, Instruction) I was being called up to the big show.
I had my first shot at in-class Information Literacy instruction. Very generously the Prof of COSC 1P50 gave me 90 minutes of lecture time, plus an assignment worth 5% of final grade, plus some questions on the final exam. All in all a perfect situation. It was nice to lecture again and to be forced to handle some hecklers. (At one point a student apologized to me about the behaviour of his peers. Immediately I was thinking, I used to be that guy how could I get upset?) I offered to mark the assignment too, I really wanted to see first hand what kind of responses I'd get.
What Went Good
- Herpes Jokes.
- Describing the Deep web by saying it's the part of the Internet not accessible by Google, one Robots.txt file and you're excluded.
- Showing screens of Google results full of propaganda contrasted to screens of CBCA results full of actual information.
- The marks on the assignment were stellar, no longer ever will I listen to those that besmirch Millennials because they have never used a Library before.
What Went Bad
- Google has really killed the need to teach Boolean Operators.
- I talk to fast when I'm excited.
- I inadvertently exposed the students to a brand new way to cheat on Math assignments. I'm looking right at you Wolfram Alpha.
- How do you explain that IP authentication enables you to get the full text of stuff you Google on campus but not off campus.
- The assignment was too easy.
I'm psyched that I get to do this as part of my job now. I've lined up time in the September offering of this course and that Professor wants even more computer specific info lit material. I really wish a class like this existed when I was in school. I spent most of my undergrad writing bad C and grumbling.