Top ten of 2020, Part 1


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Despite COVID-19 and political unrest, professional development continued through 2020.  If anything, professional development was more crucial than ever this year.  The tradition of sharing my top ten readings of the year continues as well.  Here are the first five, in alphabetical order:

Douglas, V. A. (2020). Moving from critical assessment to assessment as care. Communications in Information Literacy, 14(1).

Why do we assess in the first place?  Douglas envisions assessment for building relationships with our students, instead of assessment for satisfying stakeholders.

Ince, S., Hoadley, C., & Kirschner, P. A. (2020). Research workflow skills for education doctoral students and postdocs: A qualitative study. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 46(5), 102172.

This article got my attention because I work with a new doctoral program.  Organizing information is an important part of information literacy for everyone, though.

Kallaher, A., Eldermire, E. R. B., Fournier, C. T., Ghezzi-Kopel, K., Johnson, K. A., Morris-Knower, J., Scinto-Madonich, S., & Young, S. (2020). Library systematic review service supports evidence-based practice outside of medicine. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 46(6), 102222.

Evidence-based practice figures heavily in my health science liaison areas.  This article will help me apply the same knowledge to my other areas.

Kranich, N., Lotts, M., Nielsen, J., & Ward, J.H. (2020). Moving from collecting to connecting: Articulating, assessing, and communicating the work of liaison librarians. portal: Libraries and the Academy 20(2), 285-304. doi:10.1353/pla.2020.0015.

Though we want to move beyond satisfying stakeholders, as I mentioned in the Douglas reference, we still need to tell our story to stakeholders.  Kranich et al note how relationship-building can help us tell our story.

Peacock, R., Grevatt, H., Dworak, E., Marsh, L., & Doty, S. (2020). Developing and evaluating an asynchronous online library microcredential: A case study. Reference Services Review, 48(4), 699–713.

The authors developed a microcredential to scale first-year instruction.  Likewise the USM Libraries have developed information literacy modules, and this article can inform our efforts.


Stay tuned for the remaining five entries.  In the meantime I wish you a happy and well-informed new year!

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