IS Lab Patron Update 20S Week 5

By Diana Ascher May 4, 2020
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Dear Patrons,

As we begin the sixth week of classes, I’m writing to provide you with a synopsis of recent news and links to useful resources and events of interest for the next five days. We trust you’re connecting to digital resources without difficulty. However, if you run into any trouble our IS Lab Staff, as well as our dedicated Information Studies librarian, Diane Mizrachi, are available to assist you. Please make sure that you have VPN or proxy set up to access resources from off campus.

Mindful Matters—May the Fourth Be with You

For those moments when remote work challenges and the uncertainty arising from the pandemic feel overwhelming, this week’s mindfulness resource is this CNN article. If you have found mindfulness resources that would be useful to others in our community, please send them my way to include in a future update.

Practical Concerns

Week 6 has begun, and we remain at the ready to provide assistance as described in last week’s update.

Alumni engagement

In response to student requests, we have added a new page to the IS Lab website with links to digital portfolios. If you have a digital portfolio you’d like to add to this page, please let us know. I’m happy to report that we’ve matched more than 50 alumni with MLIS students for practice portfolio presentation reviews. If you registered to participate in this initiative have not received an email about your match, please let us know.  Coaching sessions via Zoom are coordinated by the participants.

Circulation & due dates

A reminder: We have extended the due dates for resources borrowed from the IS Lab through June 10, 2020. All fees and fines that would have accrued since March 1, 2020, will be waived; however, items that are lost and not returned will still be assessed replacement fees. Therefore, if you prefer to return items you’ve borrowed, please contact me to arrange for shipping to a secure address.

Interesting links

In an effort to stop bombarding family and friends with interesting links at inconvenient times, I’ve created a new page for coronavirus-related resources that provide historical context through various forms of expression, including investigative journalism, narrative storytelling, and art. Feel free to submit links for inclusion.

Jobs board

Following our well-attended Forum Friday panel on non-traditional LIS careers, you may want to revisit our jobs board. Aside from front-line medical personnel, information professionals are among the most instrumental hires an organization can make during a pandemic—across industry sectors. Also, please submit job postings when you find great opportunities. Using this system will cut down on the email deluge, and broadcast the opportunities to our students.

Virtual assemblage

Student groups need a place to meet? Need reference support? Want help delivering compelling instruction via Zoom? Need to pick up new practical skills? For all of these needs, and more, we invite you to the new instantiation of the IS Lab as a virtual assemblage.

I hope you find these resources useful. We welcome your feedback and suggestions to help us support instructional continuity.

My best wishes for your continued health and safety.

Diana Ascher, PhD, MBA
Director, IS Lab
Digital Instructional Support Librarian