By Andrew W. Waldron, MEd, BA and Loretta Edwards, Library Web Services Manager.
Collaboration has become one of the primary tools students at UAMS utilize to study course materials and prepare for exams. Students studying in the Library have found that a combination of both low and high tech equipment is useful for these collaboratve sessions. The Library provides rolling white boards with markers and erasers throughout the facility to give groups a chance to draw, write, and respond to materials presented in class and in the curriculum.
Recently students using the Academic Coaching services in the Student Success center asked for small study groups with instructors to help them better understand information presented in class. Jasna Vuk, M.D., Ph.D., Students Learning Specialist with the Student Success Center worked with two faculty members and Libby Ingram, MSIS, Head of Access Services in the Library to arrange study sessions in the conference rooms with SmartBoard technology. These sessions offer a new level of collaboration between the students and instructors that includes traditional methods as well as the interactive component available with the SmartBoards.
As technology continues to change and develop so will the student’s abilities to use that technology.
Holly Gillum is the new Director of the Ashley County Library (Hamburg). The position became vacant upon the retirement of Henrietta Thompson. A resident of Ashley County, Holly was most recently the Library Media Specialist at Anderson Elementary School (1st-4th grade) in Crossett from 2007 – 2016. She has a Masters of Library Media Science and Information Technology from UCA and a Masters of Elementary Education from UA-Monticello. Holly has experience in writing lesson plans, grants, technology plans, etc. She has conducted numerous workshops for various educational organizations. While working in school libraries, Holly has also served as a curriculum writer for the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. In addition, she is a member of the Arkansas Association of Instructional Media (AAIM).
The Council of University of Arkansas College and Research Libraries (CUACRL) has completely revised and updated its Education Portal. The portal “is designed to help teachers and students locate resources developed by University of Arkansas campuses, as well as organizations throughout the state and beyond.” Led by Elizabeth McKee from UA-Fayetteville, a task force of Education and Literacy specialists from around the state reexamined the layout and the links. The new portal includes many new resources and a reorganization of resources deemed most useful for K-12 teachers, and specific to system campuses or focusing on Arkansas.
The new URL for the portal is http://uark.libguides.com/CUACRL-Portal.
We hope Arkansas librarians will share this site with teachers and use the “Suggestions” link on the portal to note corrections or to send along ideas for other websites that teachers might find helpful.
Task Force members included Kathy Anderson (UAM), Carolyn Filippelli (UAFS), Carol Macheak (UALR), Louise Montgomery (UAMS), and Evelyn Elaine Yates (UAPB).
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