ALDERMAN LIBRARY STAYING RELEVANT
If you were unable to attend the 75th Alderman Anniversary event on October 16th, you can access the Cavalier Daily’s article and read comments by Sandy Gilliam, Allen Groves, and Karin Wittenborg who spoke about the past, present and future of Alderman Library covering ghosts, tweeting, and the relevance of the library. There is also a podcast of the talks given at the celebration.
Alderman Library was named after former University President Edwin Alderman. During his time as president, Alderman pressed for the construction of a new library. The library was finally approved for construction in 1935 as part of President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal. University President John Lloyd Newcomb’s administration finally developed the plans for what would become Alderman Library and oversaw its construction, beginning in December of 1936. After existing libraries on Grounds ran out of shelving space, the stacks on the north side of Alderman were added in 1967 and a coffee shop in 1993!.
Karin Wittenborg, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, thanked those in attendance. She emphasized, “I want to make Alderman and all other libraries places where students feel welcome, productive, and well served. I am also thrilled to tell you that that the project to create a 21st century Alderman is now in its early stages. This is an opportunity for everyone to participate in the re-creation of one of UVa’s most iconic buildings and a building that is dedicated to helping students above all.” She thanked the members of the student-run UVa Library Council for sponsoring the event. The Library’s Communication Department supplied the photo of Karin Wittenborg.
GOOGLE SCHOLAR and SYSTEMATIC REVIEWS
Most of us at some point use Google Scholar (GS) to locate journal articles, and that tactic works just fine. However, a recent journal article, Google Scholar as Replacement for Systematic Literature Searches: Good Relative Recall and Precision Are Not Enough, found, “… studies on the coverage of Google Scholar rarely used the search interface in a realistic approach but instead merely checked for the existence of gold standard references. In addition, the severe limitations of the Google Search interface must be taken into consideration when comparing with professional literature retrieval tools”
NEW ASHE BOARD MEMBER
Congratulations to Jill Jones, a doctoral student in the Curry School Higher Education program. Jill has been elected to the board of directors for the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). In addition to publishing this top journal, Review of Higher Education (which you can access full text from here), they also host conferences, offer resources for grad students and more. Check out what ASHE can do for you.
ECS MATH REPORT
The report, Math in the Early Years reveals five surprising findings about the strong relationship between early math instruction and later student achievement. Researchers have found that early knowledge of math not only predicts later success in math, but also predicts later reading achievement even better than do early reading skills. This report, The Progress of Education Reform from the Education Commission of the States (ECS), concludes with implications and recommendations for state policy that will support the development of early math competencies and young children.
ADVICE FROM THE APA STYLE BLOG
Question. How do you cite a journal article with 8 or more authors?
Answer. “Authors are generally listed in order of contribution to the research, but the last author can also be a contributor of distinction, often the principal investigator. The 6th edition of the Publication Manual recognizes this with the new rule regarding citing sources with more than seven authors in the reference list (section 6.27). The first six authors are listed; all subsequent authors except the last are omitted and replaced with an ellipsis; and then the name of the last author is listed.” –Chelsea Lee, APA Style Expert
SHOULD YOU ATTEND THESE?
The Curry librarians encourage you to attend the various Works in Progress meetings hosted by Curry. Participating and presenting in them should benefit all graduate students as you engage in the iterative processes of research and scholarship as this type of meeting is foundational and will provide great networking opportunities.
Two of Curry’s research centers, YouthNex and CASTL (Center for the Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning) hold a series of monthly presentations referred to as Work-in-Progress meetings. These are regular forum in which graduate students, postdocs and faculty across disciplines present their research ideas, plans, methods, and results for the purpose of getting feedback, and are open to the public. Presentations will leave ample time for discussion. See the next two entries for more information.
YouthNex Works in Progress Meeting
TOPIC: Measuring Mentoring Processes — Developing a Scale to Measure the Inside of Mentoring
LOCATION: Bavaro Hall (Holloway Hall, First Floor)
TIME: November 21st, 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
PRESENTER: Dr. Patrick Tolan
CASTL Works in Progress Meeting
TOPIC: Why won’t my teacher help me? Exploring variability in teachers’ responsiveness to student help seeking within classrooms
LOCATION: 350 Old Ivy Way, Suite 100 (free parking)
TIME: November 1st, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
PRESENTER: Erik Rusek
PUBMED NOW HAS RELEVANCE OPTION
Regular users of the National Library of Medicine’s database, PUBMED, will be happy to know that you can now sort your search results by relevance. The database recently had an update and users may now sort their results by either choosing “Relevance” from the “Display Settings Sort by” menu or by clicking the “Sort by Relevance” link in the New Feature discovery tool.
For more information, read the NLM announcement which includes some useful screen captures illustrating where to select a relevance sort.
RESOURCES FOR VIRGINIA TEACHERS
Whether you are a pre-service or a current teacher, be sure to check out the Virginia Department of Education’s Teacher Direct , a part of the VDOE website that includes links to resources for all SOL subject areas. In addition, there are links to professional development activities, grant and scholarship opportunities, student contests, and more. Best of all you can subscribe to the TeacherDirect email alert or RSS feed. That way you will never miss out on new resources that can help you in the classroom.
UVA LIBRARY PINTEREST COLLECTIONS
Are you looking for spooky images to help you celebrate a literary Halloween? Do you want to see what people and places around the University looked like in the past? Then the UVa Library has a site for you. The folks at the UVa Small Special Collections Library have created several Pinterest Collections using digital images from items in the Special Collections Library. One of the collections is entitled Rare Halloween Images. Browsing the images in the Halloween collection, you will find there is more to literary scariness than Edgar Allen Poe or Stephen King.
NMC REPORT RELEASED
The NMC (New Media Consortium) is an international community of experts in educational technology. The NMC recently released a report, Technology Outlook for STEM+ Education 2013-2018: An NMC Horizon Project Sector Analysis, to inform education leaders about significant developments and trends in technologies supporting STEM+ (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education. The addition of the “+” in the acronym incorporates communication and digital media technologies in the traditional four areas of study.
IDEA EVALUATION REPORT
The Institute of Education Sciences’ National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (NCEE) has released a report titled “National Evaluation of the IDEA Technical Assistance & Dissemination Program.” This report provides information about (1) the primary technical assistance activities carried out by the TA&D national centers, (2) states’ needs for technical assistance and the extent to which these needs are addressed by TA&D centers or other sources, and (3) within specific areas of special education, the extent to which states are satisfied with the products and services received from TA&D Program centers.
HOW COOL IS THIS DATABASE?
Are you looking for a book on a specific topic with a specific reading level? Do you have a list of books you want to use in your instruction, but aren’t sure of the lexile range? Do need to find book reviews of children’s books? The Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD) should be your go to source to help find that information. Once you use the CLCD to find relevant books, you can then use this special Children’s Books in VIRGO link to see if UVa has the books in our children’s collection which is located on the 1st floor of Clemons Library (just to the left of the elevator and stairs).
1. Use the CLCD to look up reviews and to find children’s books on specific subjects for specific grade or reading levels for their methods classes.
2. Use the CLCD to search for children’s books by lexile range, reading level, grade level, or point range date.
Throughout the semester, we will be highlighting information about finding, organizing, analyzing, managing, displaying, and preserving your research data. See this week’s featured data information below.
IES OPENS A TWITTER ACCOUNT
The IES (Institute of Education Sciences) announced today they have started a Twitter account that focuses on education research. Follow @IESResearch on Twitter to learn what IES-funded grantees are discovering about ways to improve education. Click here to view tweets and follow @IESResearch.
TOPIC: Georeferencing – Putting Old maps and Aerial Photos on Your Map
DATE: November 5
TIME: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
LOCATION: Alderman Library, Room 421
DESCRIPTION: Have an old map or an aerial photograph that you would like to use as a spatial layer? This session will teach you techniques to properly place your data and make it useable in GIS software. We will also demo similar techniques for Google Earth. Image from the Society for Georgia Archeology.
PRESENTER: Chris Gist
DATA MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP
TOPIC: Choosing between data sharing repositories for Social Sciences
DATE: November 11
TIME: 10:00 am–11:00 am
LOCATION: Bavaro Hall, CLIC room 306
DESCRIPTION: After all the hard work and labor of producing research data, we hope that you’ll consider what you should do to preserve and share it with others. Beyond complying with many funding requirements and professional association norms, sharing data in an appropriate repository can help you gain a competitive advantage in your research by making your work more widely accessible. This, in turn, may lead to more citations of your work and broader impact. In the workshop, we will cover the steps needed to share data and how to choose the best location for sharing your data. REGISTER
PRESENTERS: Bill Corey and Summer Durrant
NAEP-TIMSS LINKING STUDY RESULTS
With this 2011 study, U.S. States in a Global Context, U.S. states can compare performance of their own students’ with those of various international educational entities. The NAEP-TIMSS Linking study provides a comparative picture of mathematics and science performance of students in all U.S. states against the students educated in about 50 countries, using data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Results are presented by average scores and percentages of students performing at the four international benchmarks used in TIMSS. Visit the NAEP TIMSS Linking Study page for additional resources and information on the report.
NEW DATA ON STUDENT FINANCIAL AID
Do you need to know the average cost of attendance and the net price of attendance over different institutional sectors along with the financial aid provided for undergraduate students for 2011-12? If so, this provisional First Look report, Student Financial Aid, Academic Year 2011–12, will provide you with that information. The purpose of this report is to introduce new data through the presentation of tables containing descriptive information. The report includes fully edited and imputed data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) winter 2011-12 data collection, which, in contrast to previous years, collected only the Student Financial Aid (SFA) component for the 2011-12 academic year.
This newsletter is produced by the CLIC librarians, Kay Buchanan and Carole Lohman.
The newsletter is intended to support faculty and students at the Curry School of Education who are engaged in scientifically based research, evaluation, and teaching by keeping them up-to-date on scholarly resources, trends, and opportunities so they can make a positive impact on education.