New Post Up on Ohio Library Association Blog

In my current position at Sinclair Community College, I’m the librarian in charge of instruction and assessment. That basically means that I coordinate our teaching efforts for all different academic departments. But perhaps the biggest part of what I do is the assessment part of the equation: attempting to track what our students are actually learning…

How to Build an Author Platform to Promote Your Writing

Sinclair Community College 40th Annual Writers’ Workshop Nov. 4, 2013

Upcoming Writers’ Workshop Presentation at Sinclair

On November 4th I’ll be giving a presentation at the 40th Annual Sinclair Community College Writers’ Workshop. My session is titled “Marketing and Promoting Your Writing Today: Building an Author Platform.” In it I’ll cover the importance of building an online author platform for reaching new readers, opening up new opportunities and increasing sales. I plan…

4 Common Misconceptions About Plagiarism

A big part of being information literate is knowing how to use information ethically and responsibly. This includes avoiding plagiarism, which we often define as deliberately stealing a chunk of text and trying to pass it off as your own.  But it’s much more than this, and many times plagiarism isn’t as obvious as “don’t steal…

New Job and Some Other Professional Updates

Two weeks ago I started a new position at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. I’m the Instruction and Assessment Librarian, which means I’ll coordinate the library’s teaching efforts and also work with librarians and faculty to improve student outcomes when the curriculum or assignments include a research component. I’ll also staff the reference desk…

Adventures in Kindle Direct Publishing: New Book “Savvy for the Social Web”

Last week I published a book on Amazon’s Kindle platform. It was a fairly straightforward process, although I had to take some care with the formatting. I wrote my book in Word and was fortunate that I did not have any images or tables. Had that been the case I feel that  using HTML would…

Graduation!

Last week I graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign after finishing up my master’s program in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. It feels great to be finished, although I really enjoyed my time here and can hardly believe it has already come to an end! Over my two years at GSLIS…

Kindle eTextbook Rentals and the Future of Textbook Publishing

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Amazon’s recent unveiling of a Kindle Textbook Rental Service, which allows students to rent electronic versions of “tens of thousands of textbooks,” is the latest news in the radically changing textbook publishing market. Amazon boasts savings up to 80% of the print cover price, offers very flexible rental periods, and enables students to access their…

How Do You Evaluate the Blogs and Websites You Visit?

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If you’ve been in school in the last decade or so, you were probably given a handout at some point explaining how to evaluate internet sources. These documents usually give a list of criteria to inspect on a website so you can determine whether it is authoritative and reliable. I remember being told to investigate…

Getting Blog Visitors From Google Maps and the Growing Impact of Local Search

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Update: Late in June 2011, Google pulled third-party reviews from its Places pages in order to emphasize reviews from Google users. They did keep a small link to other sites around the web with reviews, however, so traffic generation is still possible. As I was checking the analytics for my sites the other day, I…