"As somebody once said: There's a difference between a failure and a fiasco. A failure is simply the nonpresence of success. Any fool can accomplish failure. But a feeassscoe, a fiasco is a disaster of mythic proportions. A fiasco is a folk tale told to others that makes other people feel more alive because. It. Didn't. Happen. To. Them." - Orlando Bloom, ElizabethtownAs a library director, I fail a lot, so it was really just a matter of which failure to present. I chose this one in part because I consider it our, my, most epic spectacular failure.
|Our fair campus. All photos, charts, gifs, graphs,... from the slides.|
|Main Reading Room, State Library of NSW, Sydney (NSW)|
|Drie pantertjes geboren in Artis, Nationaal Archief|
Speaking the language of assessment, we came up with student learning outcomes as well.
- become better and more rigorous researchers
- be assisted in developing better critical thinking skills in organizing and executing their research assignments become better academic writers to include more knowledgeable use of citations, references, and bibliographies
- become greater consumers of library services
|Profit!, icanhazcheezburger.com, Initial image via KSB Photos|
|Theory v. Practice, Scott Brinker, chiefmartec.com|
|Airplane! gif, From the film, thegameboycolor.tumblr.com via Giphy|
|Spongebob, from the show, Reaction Gifs|
Three! Three interactions!
|McNulty, The Wire, Reaction Gifs|
|Three flamingos, Unknown 8-bit video game, pixelian.tumblr.com via Giphy|
|Overly Attached Couple, Patrick Gill and Laina Morris, Know Your Meme|
"As somebody once said: There's a difference between a failure and a fiasco. A failure is simply the nonpresence of success. Any fool can accomplish failure. But a feeassscoe, a fiasco is a disaster of mythic proportions. A fiasco is a folk tale told to others that makes other people feel more alive because. It. Didn't. Happen. To. Them." - Orlando Bloom, Elizabethtown
|Elizabethtown poster, Paramount Pictures,
Based on that horrible data, library staff pivoted to the autopsy.
|Captain America Prop Auction - Iron Man 2
Flickr user Doug Kline |
|Facepalm from The Naked Gun, Paramount Pictures, Reaction Gifs|
|Dr. Who in the Rain, from the television show, Reaction Gifs|
As it turned out, our LMS was responsible for a non-trivial amount of traffic to our website.
While we cannot control for time, and there are certainly other factors at play, traffic is clearly up in the second semester of LMS use. It could be the case that students were getting used to the LMS in the second semester, and that they were using the library more as a result of our one-shot library instruction sessions and information literacy efforts, for example. We chose to interpret this data as even though the discussion boards and embedding were a disaster, there was a silver lining here.
That second link from our MLS to the library website is actually from the gradebook section. That is, students check their grades, then directly head to the library website. Pretty impressive.
So at the least, this aspect of embedding made us happy.
|Happy Dog from Analog, Japanese game show, Reaction Gifs|
|Cornell West on Real Time with Bill Maher, HBO, Reaction Gifs|
- Library staff can’t be everywhere, all the time
- There’s such a thing as being too “high-touch”
- Trust your communities
Failure, Organizational Culture, and Library Management.
A Modest Defense of QR Codes in the Library.
Copyright for Educators.