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Open House Event -- Library Resources for Writing 1

Date: Monday, August 13th
Time: 1pm to 3pm
Location: KL 3rd floor, facing COB2

Join your UC Merced librarians for an informal event where we will highlight library resources, learning activities, and lessons available for Writing 1 instructors. We are offering 15-minute sessions on five different topics in five consecutive time slots. This “choose your own adventure” format allows you to attend all sessions, or just the ones of most interest to you. All five sessions will take place on the 3rd floor of the library. 

We will also be serving light refreshments starting at 1pm outside of KL 371.  *We appreciate a quick RSVP, at the bottom of this page, if you think you may attend.  This will help us plan for refreshments.


1 pm light refreshments (outside KL 371)
15-minute sessions start at the following times in ALL locations.

  • 1:10pm
  • 1:30pm
  • 1:50pm
  • 2:10pm
  • 2:30pm

Topics & Locations

1. Using Newsbank & Flipster   KL 361    Lindsay
2. New Learning Activities in CatCourses KL 371 Elizabeth S.
3. Exploring the Library Tour   table 3rd floor Elizabeth M-T
4. Lesson Plans: Deep Web & Evaluation table 3rd floor Sara
5. Using Credo & Opposing Viewpoints KL 397 Joe


Topic Details:

Using Newsbank & Flipster  -- In this session, Lindsay will showcase Newsbank, a newspaper database, and Flipster, a magazine app. Newsbank includes a Hot Topics feature that highlights trending issues, and, for this academic year, UC Merced is also testing out a new Suggested Topics feature. Flipster, which is partially funded by ASUCM, can also be used online without the app. Lindsay will share how the tools could be potentially used in your course(s). 

New Learning Activities in CatCourses -- In Canvas, we’re created some short independent activities intended to introduce students to the basics of accessing and using information. Elizabeth S. will highlight these activities and show you how to locate them in Canvas’ Commons for use in your own CatCourse section(s).  

Exploring the Library Tour  -- Get a taste of the library tour! Elizabeth M.-T. will explain the tour’s goals and scope, and will introduce a short section via iPad Mini. She will also share tour updates and potential ways the tour might be used with Writing 1 students.

Lesson Plans: Deep Web & Evaluation  -- In this session, Sara will briefly share the content of a couple lesson plans we’ve created that some of you have already adopted in your courses.  “Where Should I Search? It Depends!” introduces your students to the value of free and deep web resources, and “News Evaluation – Beyond the Checklist” introduces students to evaluating news information. Sara will also provide updated articles for the news jigsaw lesson.

Using Credo & Opposing Viewpoints  -- Both CREDO, a collection of reference titles, and Opposing Viewpoints in Context, a database focused on social issues from multiple perspectives, offer background information that can be useful for exploring a variety of topics. In this session, Joe will highlight content and possible uses of both databases.

Monday, August 13, 2018
1:00pm - 3:00pm
KL 371
  Professional Development  
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Event Organizer

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Elizabeth Salmon
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Elizabeth McMunn-Tetangco
Joe Ameen
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Lindsay Davis
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Sara Davidson Squibb

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