Attended a couple of really good sessions today. Most were imparting information at warp speed and I began depending more and more on the slide presentations loaded onto the CIL site. We are being told that these are not available to non-conference viewers, so we promise to spend time in future posts to more fully explore many of the resources those slides impart.
That being said, there were two sessions I particularly want to discuss.
Dealing with Data: From Research to Visualization
This session had two separate speakers. Cheryl Ann Peltier from Nova Southeastern discussed free (mostly) tools for every step along the research process. Her slides listed a number of alternative tools.
Google Scholar to identify the research problem, Zotero for reviewing the research literature, Many Eyes for conceptualizing / planning, Evernote for data /information collection and DeDoose (not free) for both data analysis and quality control.
The second half of this session was on the topic of data visualization by Christopher Belter from LAC Group at NOAA Central Library. Chris said to be patient with the data visualization process: it takes time and trial and error to achieve a representation that effectively imparts your message. He warned that generally up to 70% of his time was spent on wrangling data, not the actual visualization. The key to keep in mind is to figure out the story you need your data to tell. Chris showed us how the same set of data could impart different messages with different data visualization methods.
Tip: Chris said he had heard very good things about the Data Visualization MOOC from Indiana University for people who would like more information on this topic.
Hack the Online Classroom! Inject the Library!
This session was also a combination of two speaker groups.
Elliott Smith talked about his project using edX Edge. This was not a platform used at Georgia Tech, so it was somewhat difficult to follow. He discussed his experience of using edX Edge to shift from a paper-based process to an online platform.
The other two speakers, Alicia Virtue (Santa Rosa Junior College) and Eric Frierson (EBSCO) talked about using the EDS API to make reading lists on course management systems interact seamlessly with library resources. I found this very cool! Mary also had a session discussing this exciting possibility. Check out her session review for more info.
Crystal and I had our presentation, Rethinking and Retooling Academic Research, during the last session of the last day of the conference. Therefore we were not expecting many people, thinking everyone had left to catch a plane, train, or automobile. We were gratified by the number of people who came and who then stayed. Our message was received very well, and we were thrilled with the feedback.