Saturday, April 23, 2016

My Shakespeare Favourites

In honor of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death I'm picking my favourites of Shakespeare. These answers would probably change depending on the day and my mood. That being said, I spent way too much time on this.

Day #1: Your favourite play - Romeo & Juliet

Day #2: Your favourite character - Beatrice

Day #3: Your favourite hero - Benedick

Day #4: Your favourite heroine - Rosalind

Day #5: Your favourite villain - Iago

Day #6: Your favourite villainess - Lady Macbeth 

Day #7: Your favourite clown - Dogberry or Touchstone

Day #8: Your favourite comedy - Much Ado About Nothing

Day #9: Your favourite tragedy - Othello

Day #10: Your favourite history - Henry VI, Part III

Day #11: Your least favourite play - Cymbeline 

Day #12: Your favourite scene - Much Ado, Act 5, scene 2
Day #13: Your favourite romantic scene - Romeo & Juliet, Act 2, scene 2

Day #14: Your favourite fight scene - Romeo & Juliet, Act 3, scene 1 Tybalt/Mercutio fight

Day #15: The first play you read - Romeo & Juliet

Day #16: Your first play you saw - Julius Caesar 

Day #17: Your favourite speech - Act 3, scene 2 Juliet's "Gallop apace you fiery steeds..."

Day #18: Your favourite dialogue - Othello, Act 4, scene 3, Desdemona and Emilia, "Wouldst thou do such a deed for all the world?..."

Day #19: Your favourite movie version of a play - Scotland, PA

Day #20: Your favorite movie adaptation of a play - Baz Luhrman's Romeo & Juliet

Day #21: An overrated play - Richard II

Day #22: An underrated play - Henry VI, Part III

Day #23: a part I haven't played but would like to: not an actor :)

Day #24: An actor or actress you would love to see in a particular role - Rick Blunt as Petruchio and Ben Curns as Orlando (simply for the wrestling scene)

Day #25: Sooner or later, everyone has to choose: Hal or Falstaff? - Hal

Day #26: Your favourite couple - Macbeth and Lady Macbeth

Day #27: Your favourite couplet - So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, So long lives this and this gives life to thee.

Day #28: Your favourite joke - Hamlet, Act 3, scene 2, "Do you think I mean country matters?"

Day #29: Your favourite sonnet - Sonnet 18

Day #30: Your favourite single line - In following him, I follow but myself; or The fault dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.

Friday, February 12, 2016

2016 Conference for Higher Education Pedagogy

My colleagues and I presented on our experiences with the Big Read NRV on Wednesday, February 10 at the 8th annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy in Blacksburg, VA. It was wonderful to be able to share our experiences with this great program. It was very rewarding to reach out the our student veterans on campus and the veterans in our New River Valley community. The presentation was well received, and we had a good discussion at the end of it. I hope we inspired others in academia to take on a Big Read project.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Creating Effective Presentations in Prezis

I taught an Our Turn for RU faculty and staff last week on Creating Effective Presentations in Prezi. I wanted to give best practices for using Prezi as a presentation medium. Of course the presentation turned into something else. Most of those in attendance had never used Prezi. I think for the next Our Turn I will just have a drop-in session where people can come and ask questions about Prezi.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Presentation Academy 2015

I am currently one of the faculty members for the VLA Presentation Academy. The Presentation Academy is a hybrid experience that: matches prospective presenters together for panels and co-presentations, assists people in writing successful conference proposals (VLA or other), provides Webinars on effective presentation design, and gives feedback to participants on presentations.

We held our initial meeting at UVA on March 2. We had 35 attendees for the half day event. This day was focused on brainstorming activities, and activities focused on creating effective proposals.

After this workshop, participants could submit proposals to us that we would then offer feedback on. Many of these proposals were submitted to the VLA annual conference. Presentation Academy proposals had an acceptance rate of 92%. In June and July we offered webinars on Designing Effective Presentations and Engaging Audiences. Candice Benjes-Small and I presented the webinar on Designing Effective Presentations and Rebecca K. Miller and Nathan Flinchum presented the webinar on Engaging Audiences. The Designing Effective Presentations PPT can be seen below.

Another cohort of the Presentation Academy began at the 2015 VLA annual conference. Our second meeting of that cohort is in March 2016 in Staunton, VA.

We also offered an ALA webinar on our experience planning and facilitating the Presentation Academy. The webinar can be seen here.

We are also scheduled to hold pre-conferences at the upcoming Tennessee Library Association Conference and the joint Maryland/Delaware Library Association Conference.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Big Read NRV

Last year I joined a committee that was tasked with bringing the Big Read to the New River Valley. Librarians, faculty and staff from Radford University, Virginia Tech, New River Community College, Radford Public Library, Montgomery/Floyd Public Libraries, Pulaski Public Library, and the Glencoe Museum and Gallery joined together to make this happen. My co-worker, Lisa Vassady, was the chair of this committee, and so RU took point on this initiative. We chose the book The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien. Thankfully we were awarded a $15,000 grant, and the Big Read NRV began.

Our programming began October 2, 2015, with the kick-off event at New River Community College with at presentation by, Hendrix College professor, war literature scholar and Tim O'Brien expert, Alex Vernon. Dr. Vernon's presentation, "Field Notes from The Things They Carried," was insightful and a wonderful way to start off our programming. Throughout the next 6 weeks there were book groups, art exhibits, a health and wellness event, events focused on children and teens, presentations, movie showings, panel discussions, a conference and a concert.

The Big Read NRV concluded with a presentation by the author himself, Tim O'Brien. The grand finale was held at Virginia Tech, and featured an outstanding talk from Mr. O'Brien. The Grand Finale wrapped up with him sticking around to talk to attendees and sign books.

The copy of The Things They Carried that author Tim O'Brien signed for Lisa, Alyssa and I.

Big Read NRV committee members with author Tim O'Brien at the Grand Finale event.
Photo by Lora Gordon.

My co-worker, Alyssa Archer, and I were there to assist Lisa every step of the way. At the time we took this on, we had no idea what we had gotten ourselves into. This was a huge undertaking, and there is no telling how many hours we put in on this project alone. This project was immensely rewarding though. It was wonderful to see the community come together to share this beautiful work of literature. It was wonderful to be able to reach out to the veterans on campus and in our community. Working with our different partners was a very gratifying experience. We created partnerships that I am sure will continue in the future. It is wonderful to be apart of such an amazing community.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The Innovative Library Classroom Conference 2015

This is year two of The Innovative Library Classroom Conference, and I am very fortunate to be a co-chair of the conference for another year. It was held at Radford University on May 12, 2015. This year's conference had a proposal acceptance rate of 41%. There were 82 attendees, and 38 different institutions were represented from 10 states. I am so very proud of the way this conference has grown.

This year I also co-presented a conversation starter with Katelyn Tucker. This conversation starter was focused on online instruction videos. We wanted to get a dialogue going about how different libraries are handling online instruction videos. We had a great conversation and I feel like everyone left with new ideas on how to create and manage their online instruction videos. Below is the Prezi we used to guide the discussion.

We also published an article on using Prezi to create online instruction videos based on this presentation and the poster that we presented at Metrolina and VLA. The article was published by Internet Reference Services Quarterly in November 2015 and can be seen here.

Friday, October 30, 2015

2015 VLA Annual Conference

The 2015 VLA Annual Conference was held in Richmond, VA on October 21-24. This year I had the honor to be a member of the VLA conference committee and the volunteer coordinator. This was a huge undertaking that I began working on in the spring. I had to manage volunteers for the entire conference. We could not have done it without the wonderful people who volunteered their time. There were 80 sessions and 80+ volunteers that helped everything run smoothly. Volunteers moderated sessions, pointed conference goers in the right direction and assisted with lunch distribution as well as luncheon and social gatherings. It was a great conference, and I got to meet a lot of wonderful librarians. Virginia libraries have created a community like no other.

I'm so proud to have been a member of this committee.
On top of being the volunteer coordinator I also co-presented a session with Candice Benjes-Small on Urban Legends and Practical Pedagogy, and co-presented a pre-conference that began the new cohort of the Presentation Academy with Candice Benjes-Small, Rebecca K. Miller and Nathan Flinchum. It was a busy 3 days for me.

I've agreed to be the volunteer coordinator at next year's VLA annual conference as well. The fun continues.