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New ResearchReady Platform Developments

If you haven’t heard, the creators of EasyBib recently released a new product, ResearchReady, to help educators and librarians teach their students important information literacy and critical thinking skills. My colleague, Emily Gover, who developed the curriculum for ResearchReady, spoke about the product’s launch here.

ResearchReady is currently in beta until June, so our development team is constantly working to improve the platform and the content based on the feedback we hear from librarians, educators, and students.

This week, our content developers can give different schools/groups new courses and lessons. This will allow the ResearchReady team to create courses that are specific to younger or older students, or for certain subject areas for interested schools and institutions. It also means that we can help educators and librarians create courses that are specific to your school and share them with all your classes.

It also means that when we are updating content in the platform on end, like making sure that our assessment examples and links are current, you won’t have to see it until it’s finished!

Based on some of the comments made by our educator and student users, we have also made some style changes so that there is less scrolling on each of our content pages. This will help us make sure that students are not missing important content “below the fold,” and makes the overall user experience more enjoyable.

Please contact me if you have any questions about these new developments or are interested in learning more about ResearchReady. We would be happy to set you up with a free trial or a webinar!

Caity Selleck is an in-house librarian for EasyBib and ResearchReady. You can find her on Twitter, @Caity_EasyBib, or posting news you can use at the EasyBib Librarians Facebook page.

Information Literacy: Transitioning from High School to College

Even 12 years later, I still remember the anxiety I felt walking into my college library or finding sources for my research projects. As a graduate of a pretty good, but very rural, high school I hadn’t had that much exposure to electronic databases or overwhelmingly large library collections. And Inter-Library loan? Forget about it. Despite my slightly better than average grades, I don’t think I got over this anxiety until Junior year when I had a wonderfully helpful professor who made us all go to a one-shot instruction class. Twice actually.

As a MLIS and an EasyBib librarian, I now read study after study about students who feel the same anxiety that I did. But many of them are even worse off than I was. I graduated high school before standardized testing cut into time for self-guided learning. I also went to college before everyone was constantly inundated with online content, user-generated or otherwise, through social media, and our constant dependence and connection to our devices. My flip-phone also had better reception and a longer battery life. 🙂

But how can we as librarians and information professionals help students overcome their academic research anxiety? First-year experience programs are popping up all over the place. Librarians are developing comic books and scavenger hunts. The ACRL now has a first-year experience list-serv full of strategies for acclimating college freshman to academic research.

But it also helps if both academic librarians and high school one thing we can do is be aware of and sensitive to the problems students face and recognize the support that graduating high school seniors and first-year college students will need.

My colleague Emily and I will be talking about the transition years for students and their information literacy skills via webinar on Tuesday, April 2nd at 3pm EST and on Wednesday, April 3rd at 12pm EST. You can register for those webinars below. If you’re reading this after the fact, we’d be happy to provide you with a recording.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 3:00 pmRegister

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 12:00 pmRegister

Thanks, and happy researching!

Caity Selleck is the in-house librarian for EasyBib and ResearchReady. You can find her on Twitter, @Caity_EasyBib, or posting news you can use at the EasyBib Librarians Facebook page.

Open Access: Making Use of the Creative Commons License

Last week my colleague Emily Gover co-hosted a webinar with Creative Commons’ Director of Global Learning, Dr. Cable Green.  I had the privilege of listening to Cable make his case for Open Educational Resources (OER) as a business model and, of course, for the benefit of education.

If you’d like to receive a recording of this webinar, you can e-mail me here.

Cable also gave a wonderful shout-out to librarians and the work that they do bringing information to users and supporting resource-based learning. But he also asked what can librarians do to promote and use open access, or Open Educational Resources.

Well the answer is… a lot!  Cable mentioned a couple of easy ways you can find open access materials to use in your research, classroom, and with your students.

  • Flickr has a section where you can search for images that are shared under Creative Commons licenses.  The cool thing about this page is that it teaches you a little bit about the different kinds of licenses, so you can easily find out how you can use these images.
  • Use Google’s advanced search option to search for sources by their usage license. If you like, you can limit your results to free sources that you can modify and share.  This is really an incredible searching option that I didn’t know existed until this webinar!
  • Use proudly borrowed content in your classroom (you’ll notice that all of our student guides, lesson plans and popular handouts are listed under a Creative Commons license) and use and adapt it!  Your colleagues may have shared their classroom exercises and put them under a Creative Commons license, as well. Use your networks to find quality material that you can adapt for your students.

But Open Access is a two-way street! If you are a librarian or educator, content you create might be of use to others as well. Put a Creative Commons license on guides, lesson plans, etc. that you’ve created for your students. Other teachers might be interested in using and adapting what you’ve created. We’re all in this together after all!

If you are interested in learning more about using and contributing to open access in education, the Creative Commons School of Open is launching its first set of courses during Open Education Week (March 11-15, 2013). You can sign up for courses for that week, or anytime after.  The School of Open is a community volunteers who run and create online courses teaching you how to use and contribute to “openness” of digital materials as an educator or any other creator and user of information.

To learn more about the School of Open, visit:

Caity Selleck is an in-house librarian and content developer for EasyBib and ResearchReady. This is her very first blog post! You can find her on Twitter, @Caity_EasyBib, or posting news you can use at the EasyBib Librarians Facebook page.

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