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One thing that our librarians did during the collaborative learning days over the Thanksgiving break was to host a session for Kirkwood faculty. We did it twice and filled up all the slots on both. (We’re considering raising the number of slots available if we do it next year.)

First faculty were welcomed to the library and then broken up into small groups that wound their way through stations around the Cedar Rapids campus library.

Wrangling Faculty

Wrangling Faculty

Station 1 – Our newest librarian Sue Miller and Julie Petersen introduced faculty to the new catalog we’re going to be rolling out in the new year.

Introducing the New Catalog

Introducing the New Catalog

Station 2 – Jennifer Bishop walked them through a short version of her popular zombie concept mapping activity.

Concept Mapping and Zombies

Concept Mapping and Zombies

Station 3 – Sarah Uthoff toured them through the upstairs and the services provided there with a special focus on the areas of the collection that were their specialization. We have established a KCELT program to help give faculty credit for helping us strengthen our collections in their subject areas.

Providing Collection Input

Providing Collection Input

Station 4 – Nicole Forsythe took them through the process of creating a LibGuide. Also she talked about the ways the librarians can collaborate with faculty and the subjects we can talk about. The fact that a librarian can return to your class more than once, that we can help with Google Docs, and encouraging reading of all kinds were especially popular with faculty.

Available Services

Available Services

Thank you to everyone for allowing us to photograph and share the event. Special thanks to Carol Glandorf who took the photos.

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.

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