New LIS/KM student orientation wrapped up on Saturday, August 22. Dr. Stewart Brower was thankfully present in the flesh to provide a much-needed infusion of life and enthusiasm Saturday afternoon. He gave an overview of the new OU-Tulsa Library, showed off the cool new laptops and cameras available for student check-out, and gave a tour of the present library facility. I think Dr. Brower was just the breath of fresh air that the students needed after watching professors on a TV screen for three 8-hour days. If I one day learn how to give a presentation with just a quarter of Dr. Brower’s energy and charisma, I will consider myself a very successful presenter.
Dr. Brower also let the new students know that the OU-Tulsa Library is available to provide information literacy assistance. I think some of the new students struggling to figure out the Desire2Learn platform will find this helpful, if they aren’t too shy to ask for help. I assisted a couple new students with some D2L navigation tips, and I’m glad that at least one of these students was not afraid to ask for guidance at the library as well. I hope I was of some assistance.
I gave a bit of a pitch for OLISSA and OUTSA on Saturday. I think my delivery needs some work, but I tried to explain to the new students that this LIS/KM program is what you make of it. If the students want to make the program meet their needs, the best way to do this is to get involved with the student associations–advocate for the changes they want, earmark funds for more useful tools and technology in the library, etc. We may not be able to change everything or get everything we want, but we won’t get anything if we don’t ask. I hope my message got across.
In other news, I’m exploring the idea of creating a facebook page for OLISSA. Afterall, the OU-Tulsa Library is on Facebook now. Might be a good way to get the word out about upcoming meetings. We could post past comps questions in the notes section, share URLs for the portfolios of students who have successfully defended, LIS/KM student blogs, student-created comps preparation wikis, etc.
OLISSA also has an ancient blog that could be updated. A blog would be accessible to everyone, even students without facebook accounts. But since so many students are on facebook, it seems useful to go where the students are, and have important postings appear on a webpage that students are already looking at. I think a webpage, a blog and a facebook page would all be useful to their niche audiences.
A Facebook profile and/or a blog would be easier to update than the OLISSA webpage. I think we should still have a webpage, but if you’ve looked at it recently, you can see it’s out of date. Unfortunately I don’t know how to update it at the moment. It can only help to have up-to-date information about our organization out there–how else can students find us? How can students think OLISSA is relevant if we’re outdated?
Creating a facebook page and/or blog for OLISSA could serve as one of my accomplishments/artifacts for my portfolio I’m working on.