Monthly Archives: December, 2011

Skills for the Future

Skills to pay the bills

Image by netzanette via Flickr

A blog entry by Jessica Stillman tells about a report titled “Future Work Skills 2020″ (available for free download here) that “analyzes some of the key drivers reshaping work” including connectivity and the new media. The report enumerates the skills that students will need to compete in the new work place:

  • Social intelligence. The ability to connect to others in a deep and direct way, to sense and stimulate reactions and desired interactions.
  • Novel and adaptive thinking. Proficiency at thinking and coming up with solutions and responses beyond that which is rote or rule-based.
  • Cross-cultural competency. The ability to operate in different cultural settings.
  • Computational thinking. The ability to translate vast amounts of data into abstract concepts and to understand data-based reasoning.
  • New-media literacy. The ability to critically assess and develop content that uses new media forms and to leverage these media for persuasive communication.
  • Transdisciplinarity. Literacy in and ability to understand concepts across multiple disciplines.
  • Design mind-set. Ability to represent and develop tasks and work processes for desired outcomes.
  • Cognitive load management. The ability to discriminate and filter information for importance and to understand how to maximize cognitive functioning using a variety of tools and techniques.
  • Virtual collaboration. The ability to work productively, drive engagement and demonstrate presence as a member of a virtual team.

Schools will need to adapt curriculum to the changing needs of students. Check out the complete report for a detailed description of each of these skills.


Library Hours During Semester Break

The library will close tomorrow December 22 at 3:00 p.m. We will reopen January 3. Our hours January 3-13 are 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. We will be closed Monday January 16 for Martin Luther King Day. We will return to our regular hours January 17th. We wish a very happy holiday to all the students, faculty and staff.


Primary Documents on the Web

DochsTeach, a site hosted by The National Archives, is a database of more than 2500 primary documents. Search by subject, such as the Great Depression, the Civil War & reconstruction, etc. Access the documents at


Information Literacy Resources from the Association of College and Research Libraries

This site provides the ACRL Information Literacy Coordinating Committee’s resources about  information literacy. “These resources will help you understand and apply the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education to enhance teaching, learning, and research in the higher education community.”

Pictures of Beautiful Libraries World Wide


Image via Wikipedia

View pictures of beautiful libraries around the world posted by Flavorwire. View them at In these reading rooms students learn from the vast collections of resources and collaborate on projects. This gives me a mind full of beautiful images.

Academic Libraries by the Numbers

For those of us crazy for statistics, here is an NCES report about Academic Libraries the first look for 2010. This report summarizes services, staff, collections, and expenditures in two and four-year institutions in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Happy Belated Birthday to Melvile Dewey

Portrait of American Library Association president

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December 10 was the birth date of Melvil Dewey. He was born in Adams Center, New York in 1851. He graduated from Amherst College with his Master’s degree in librarianship in 1877. In 1876, he published the Dewey Decimal System.

Dewey also founded the American Library Association in 1876 and in 1887 he established the first library school in the United States.

New Books

My Paper Chase: True Stories of Vanished Times by Harold Evans: “In My Paper Chase, Harold Evans recounts the wild and wonderful tale of newspapering life. His story stretches from the 1930s to his service in WWII, through towns big and off the map. He discusses his passion for the crusading style of reportage he championed, his clashes with Rupert Murdoch, and his struggle to use journalism to better the lives of those less fortunate.”-Amazon

Urban Mindfulness: Cultivating Peace, Presence & Purpose in the Middle of It All by Jonathan Kaplan: “Respectful of the challenges and advantages that arise when you live or work in the city, Urban Mindfulness provides practical advice for transforming everyday experiences into opportunities for contemplation, stress relief, and fulfillment.”-Amazon

Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other by Sherry Turkle: “In Alone Together, MIT technology and society professor Sherry Turkle explores the power of our new tools and toys to dramatically alter our social lives. It’s a nuanced exploration of what we are looking for—and sacrificing—in a world of electronic companions and social networking tools, and an argument that, despite the hand-waving of today’s self-described prophets of the future, it will be the next generation who will chart the path between isolation and connectivity.”-Amazon

Horton Foote: America’s Storyteller by Wilborn Hampton: “From his Pulitzer Prize-winning play, The Young Man From Atlanta, to his film adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird, which received an Oscar, millions of people have been touched by Foote’s work. He has long been regarded by other playwrights and screenwriters, actors, and cognoscenti of the theater and cinema as America’s master storyteller; critics compared him to William Faulkner and Anton Chekhov.”-Amazon

 Who Do You Think You Are? The Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family History by Meagan Smolenyak: “Featuring step-by-step instructions from Megan Smolenyak2, one of America’s top genealogical researchers, this book offers everything readers need to know to start the journey into their past, from digging through old photos, to finding the best online resources.”-Amazon

See the lists of new items at:



Carnegie Libraries in Iowa

Between the years of 1892 and 1917, 99 communities in Iowa received money from Andrew Carnegie to build public libraries. Carnegie also gave funds to build seven academic libraries in Iowa. Iowa received the fourth highest number of grants. Iowa also acquired the 3rd highest number of academic libraries during the period of Carnegie’s program.

The Carnegie Libraries in Iowa Project (CLIP) created a publicly accessible digital library of images as well as other documentary and statistical information. A digital collection of images of the libraries is available through the University of Iowa’s Digital Library.

Two Methods of Library Instruction

We encourage all faculty to schedule a date and time for library orientation. Students will discover library sources and how to make the most proficient use of them.

Another good time to teach most students is when they need information. The session is individualized to include articles, books, and websites that give them the information they need for their topics. For the indi­vid­ual stu­dent who needs to learn specific resources to research a particular topic, a one-on-one meeting at the reference desk is the best instruction.

Scott Community College Library staff wants to connect with students, staff, and faculty with the information they need. The goals we have for each of our students are to be successful in their research assignments and to prepare them to become life-long learners.

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