More on BEAM Model for Sources

I was honored to be asked back this week to the Adventures in Library Instruction podcast along with other guests from previous episodes. I learned about a number of interesting projects and ideas from the other guests. Chad Mairn makes use of PollEverywhere in his classes and workshops and finds it valuable for getting instant feedback from his students. He’s also got an interesting “Database Troubleshooting Guide” that helps walk patrons through issues they may be having when accessing library databases. Peter Larsen spoke about using Google Docs for his library’s credit course.

Chad and Peter had to leave after a half hour of recording, which left me to ramble on at the halfway mark with the show hosts about why I find Joseph Bizup’s model for teaching source types to students so powerful, a topic I recently blogged about here.

Not enough time to do it all

I’ve been greatly enjoying a number of podcasts by librarians over the past few weeks. Every night, while I stay up late with my infant son, I listen to them on my iPod. During my 25-minute subway commute, I also am tuned in to them. Over the past few days, though, I’m so eager to get caught up (yeah, like that can ever happen…I know) on conversations in the library community that I’m wishing I could read at the same time that I’m listening to podcasts.

On the train this morning, I was reading the “Technology Brief” (PDF) from the Participatory Networks report while listening to some music. As soon as I got to my stop, I switched from the music on my iPod over to a podcast by David Lankes on the report (MP3), who is one of the three authors of it. I know that multitasking is a myth but I sure would like to try it more often.