Fall 2010 Classes @ Pratt

pratt_sm.jpgI am teaching my three favorite classes this semester. Take one, take them all! Click the course title to view the syllabus.

Projects in Digital Archives
This course provides an opportunity for students to learn how to create a digital archive, and practice the implementation of such a digital archive with a partner library. Additionally, students have the opportunity to exercise their creativity in the design of a tool, program, or project that makes use of digital archives for educational or social purposes.

Social Media
The rise of the networked information environment, currently highlighted by such descriptors as Social Media and Web 2.0, and popularized by such web properties as Facebook and Twitter, will continue to profoundly influence the ways in which humans share information. Such technologies support the use, production, and circulation of knowledge in a peer-to-peer networked arrangement. This arrangement shares some aspects with other forms of communications but is most remarkable in its discontinuity from these earlier forms (for example, the hierarchical communication structure widely used in our lifetimes). This new structural arrangement, which will undoubtedly persist alongside other arrangements, has implications for information organizations and professionals, and goes far beyond, “should my library be Twittering?” Rather, the question this course will be guided by is: how might information organizations and professionals leverage the networked information environment to advance longstanding professional values, such as a commitment to democracy, community building, and individual efficacy and fulfillment. In effort to advance these values, students will engage in a collaborative design project that attempts to take advantage of this new arrangement.

Library Use and Instruction
Education in libraries has focused extensively on: 1) bibliographic instruction (e.g., teaching patrons how to use the library resources), as well as 2) information literacy (e.g., teaching skills needed to evaluate and use information). This course will consider teaching and learning in these areas, but also ask student to think creatively and critically about new areas where teaching and learning could be applied. Essential questions include: 1) how can we make libraries more educational?, and 2) what methods are best used to achieve this goal? Students will engage in a design project to build a tool, service or curriculum to help libraries facilitate knowledge construction in twenty-first century communities.

Seeking a Graduate Assistant

I am looking for a Graduate Assistant (GA) for the Fall and Spring (must be a current Pratt SILS student).
The GA will support my research and teaching activities in a series tasks that require research skills, coordination/management skills, as well as computer skills.

This is a flexible 10-20 hours a week position, paying $12.00 and hour, where the work can be completed remotely or on-campus. The position may require a few trips to Brooklyn throughout the semester.

Ideally I would like a student who has as many of the following qualities as possible:

1. Interest in emerging technologies and their applications within libraries and archives (e.g., digital archives, digital libraries, social media, etc.)
2. Excellent communication and coordination skills. We will be working with outside groups for class projects, and the GA should be able to provide logistical and management support for this project.
3. Interest and ability to work with a LGBT community organization
4. Good computer skills, including enthusiasm about trying out new software and applications, or creating engaging websites.
5. Good writing, and in particular, good editing skills.
6. Ability to conduct independent research, particularly literature searches.

If interested, please send me an e-mail along with your CV.

Using virtual space to compensate for lack of physical space?

columbia_university.jpgBelow you will find a paper I wrote based on some work I did back at Teachers College. I hope you enjoy it.

Cocciolo, A. (in press). Alleviating physical space constraints using virtual space? A study from an urban academic library. Library Hi Tech, 28(4).

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate if virtual space can be used to alleviate physical space constraints for group collaboration in an urban academic library environment. Specifically, this paper looks to uncover if library users will turn to library-provided virtual space when there is a scarcity of physical space.
Design/methodology/approach – This project discusses the design of the physical and virtual environment, and then measures the use of this environment quantitatively over a 47-month period (2005-2009).
Findings – Results indicate that physical spaces for group collaboration are in very high demand, whereas virtual ones are not. A scarcity of physical collaboration spaces does not lead users to library-provided virtual space, but rather to work around the scarcity in the physical world.
Originality/value – Highlights the value of library as a gathering place and the ways in which virtual collaboration space cannot easily take the place of physical collaboration space.