Library Photo of the Week

This week a UW Tacoma writing class got to play our prototype of “Research-to-Research,” a card game inspired by Mattel’s popular Apples-to-Apples. This is one of the ways our librarians bring innovative instruction exercises to the research environment! Look forward to learning more about this evolving activity in a future blog post. For now, please Read More…

Teaching for the first time

I had the honor to provide some basic source-seeking instruction for a class two weeks ago. After consulting with our first-year experience librarian, Alaina Bull, I prepared some materials and went to class. It was a writing class in which the students had chosen topics and begun their initial search for information in order to Read More…

Finding and Using Open Resources

Finding openly licensed resources is not difficult, and with the help of Washington’s Open Attribution Builder it is very easy to correctly attribute the work to its’ author. In Google Images, use the “Tools” button after you run a simple search to limit your results to openly licensed images. Choose a license from the drop Read More…

Intro to instructional design

What is instructional design? Looking back at my interview for my position as UW Tacoma’s instructional design librarian, one question stands out: How do you explain instructional design to other people? There is, of course, a short answer. Instructional design is an iterative process that guides the development and delivery of instruction, from the earliest Read More…

Open Access Week 2018 at UW Tacoma

Open Access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, free of most copyright and licensing restriction. – from Open Access (MIT Press) by Peter Suber, This year, the UW Tacoma Library is partnering with the UW Libraries Scholarly Communication Outreach Team to host a series of events for Open Access Week. Through these activities, we seek Read More…

Evaluating Information

  A recent New York Times article caught my attention: “Hoaxers Slip Brestaurants and Dog-Park Sex Into Journals”, the title reads. What struck me, however, was not the provocative title, but rather the hoax itself.  By getting a fake article published in a peer-reviewed journal, the hoaxters were purposefully showing that the cycle of fact-checking Read More…