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What Does an Information Literacy Coordinator Do?

As I've mentioned previously, I started my position as Information Literacy Coordinator at CSU Channel Islands on July 1 of this year (2014). My libraryfolk have a general idea of what my position entails, but I'm pretty sure my friends and family just nod their heads and smile and have no earthly clue what I do. So, here's a post about what exactly it is that I do all day.

Information Literacy

First, let me start with a brief statement about Information Literacy, since that. Is a huge part of my job. What is it? It's the set of skills and critical thinking applied to a person's need for information. So, the recognition that one needs information to solve a problem or question; determining the best place to find that information; critically reviewing the information and its source for relevance, validity and reliability; deciding on the best way to incorporate that information into decision-making...all of these fall into the realm of information literacy. Generally…

What Does an Information Literacy Coordinator Do?

As I've mentioned previously, I started my position as Information Literacy Coordinator at CSU Channel Islands on July 1 of this year (2014). My libraryfolk have a general idea of what my position entails, but I'm pretty sure my friends and family just nod their heads and smile and have no earthly clue what I do. So, here's a post about what exactly it is that I do all day.

Information Literacy

First, let me start with a brief statement about Information Literacy, since that. Is a huge part of my job. What is it? It's the set of skills and critical thinking applied to a person's need for information. So, the recognition that one needs information to solve a problem or question; determining the best place to find that information; critically reviewing the information and its source for relevance, validity and reliability; deciding on the best way to incorporate that information into decision-making...all of these fall into the realm of information literacy. Generall…

An Aside on Self-Advocacy (or, Colleen Plays Amateur Medical Librarian)

This post is my story, and my charge to you to be your own advocate, particularly when it comes to your medical care. Why am I posting this to my librarianship blog? I debated it. But it impacts my worklife as a librarian, it impacts my colleagues, and it is relevant to my passion for people to educate themselves, to become critical consumers of information.

The Mayo Clinic does a decent job of explaining the disease, and I'm going to lift most of their description and use it here. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease. The arthritis you have in your knee from running, or shoulder from pitching, is more likely osteoarthritis, and it comes from wear and tear of the actual joint. Rheumatoid, on the other hand, affects the lining of the joints, and causes painful swelling, bone erosion, and joint deformity.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease - effectively caused by your body mistaking itself for an invader, and attacking your own fine tissues with your own …

An Aside on Self-Advocacy (or, Colleen Plays Amateur Medical Librarian)

This post is my story, and my charge to you to be your own advocate, particularly when it comes to your medical care. Why am I posting this to my librarianship blog? I debated it. But it impacts my worklife as a librarian, it impacts my colleagues, and it is relevant to my passion for people to educate themselves, to become critical consumers of information.

The Mayo Clinic does a decent job of explaining the disease, and I'm going to lift most of their description and use it here. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease. The arthritis you have in your knee from running, or shoulder from pitching, is more likely osteoarthritis, and it comes from wear and tear of the actual joint. Rheumatoid, on the other hand, affects the lining of the joints, and causes painful swelling, bone erosion, and joint deformity.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease - effectively caused by your body mistaking itself for an invader, and attacking your own fine tissues with your ow…

A Library Day in the Life: November 14, 2014

5:30am - Awoken from sleep study by technician. GRUMPY. Hair full of goop from electrodes.

6:00am - Picked up by husband, returned home.

6:30-7:10am - Showered, dressed, became some semblance of human.

7:15am-7:45am - Opened the library building with a walk around the floors, unlocking things.

7:45-7:55am - Conducted email triage.

7:57am - Emailed our Facilities liaison to ask for deodorizers in the urinals, on behalf of some grumpy menfolk.

8:00am-10:50am - Reference desk shift.

1 major research consult on the WonderBra vs the MiracleBra, the rest was all printing. Also completed IRB application #1, sent to research collaborator in COMM for review. Also typed and emailed minutes and action items from yesterday's Faculty Affairs committee meeting to committee members. Most productive reference desk shift ever.

10:50am - 11:35am - Peer review of teaching (sat in on a COMM/LIB 211 class)

11:40am-11:50am - I took my lunch salad out. With extreme prejudice. It did not taste like a burrito.

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A Library Day in the Life: November 14, 2014

5:30am - Awoken from sleep study by technician. GRUMPY. Hair full of goop from electrodes.

6:00am - Picked up by husband, returned home.

6:30-7:10am - Showered, dressed, became some semblance of human.

7:15am-7:45am - Opened the library building with a walk around the floors, unlocking things.

7:45-7:55am - Conducted email triage.

7:57am - Emailed our Facilities liaison to ask for deodorizers in the urinals, on behalf of some grumpy menfolk.

8:00am-10:50am - Reference desk shift.

1 major research consult on the WonderBra vs the MiracleBra, the rest was all printing. Also completed IRB application #1, sent to research collaborator in COMM for review. Also typed and emailed minutes and action items from yesterday's Faculty Affairs committee meeting to committee members. Most productive reference desk shift ever.

10:50am - 11:35am - Peer review of teaching (sat in on a COMM/LIB 211 class)

11:40am-11:50am - I took my lunch salad out. With extreme prejudice. It did not taste like a bu…