Updates in Instruction: Libguide Development, Teaching Plans, and ULS Journal Publishing

Internship: July 9th & 11th

Advanced Research Tools: Libguide Development
During this week, I focused on the structure of my libguide (images attached), splitting the guide into the final 7 sections: Home, Notetaking, Managing Citations, Cloud Computing, Communicating, Personal Organization, and Presentation.

Advanced Research Tools, Structure

The organization is intended to match the process of creating a dissertation, moving from the process of Notetaking all the way to Presentation.

I also took note of some possible organization methods for the webpages themselves.

Presentation 7-11
I’m following the F style of web content, I posted about in this post on web readability. The first box your eye is drawn to describes what Presentation tools actually are, and the next box to the left describes specific tools. The final box presents you with the locations to download these tools, and what platforms they are available on.

As you move down the page, you are directed to related research guides. On the opposing side “related tools” (not shown here) will direct you to other tools that may be helpful in this step. More on that in a future post.

I also continued my research on the tools to finalize the list.

Teaching: Finalizing the Lesson Plan
This week I also got approval on my Mendeley and Advanced Mendeley Lesson Plan. The class was scheduled for July 23rd, as a training session for ULS staff on Mendeley.

Here it is:

Still reading book:
I am still reading through the book I described during this post: https://esconway89.wordpress.com/2013/06/04/creating-a-new-class-week-3-at-hillman/ . I find it ironic that as I work my way through it, each section seems to really correspond with the work I’m doing in my class development.

Lunch-Time Talk: ULS Journal Publishing

I also attended a ULS training “Lunch-Talk” this week on ULS Journal Publishing which went into great detail about how Pitt is leading the way as an institutional publisher, as well as a repository.  Although the subject matter was interesting (more on that below), it was also helpful to view an educational presentation aimed at librarian training.

The topic of the lunch talk was viewing Pitt Library as a digital publisher, with a focus on expansion and sustainability. I saw many connections to 2000, when they were discussing the rising costs of publications, and the work to make publications more open-source.


The goals of the project are to:

  • Support researchers with the dissemination of their published work
  • Promote open access
  • Extend our resources to other institutions beyond Pitt
  • Support current and developing Pitt Journals

Why does Pitt publish?

  • Provide a needed service
  • Price of serials increased exponentially (500%), while books maintain the same price
  • Declining collection budget

Publishing Impact

Journals: 35 peer reviewed journals, containing 9 student, 6 faculty, and 19 external partners. Benefits at risk journals, and focuses on creating availability for students to get experience, faculty to publish in-institution. The peer review process for students is different than that of adults.

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