Technology Tools: Power Searching and Instructional Design

Presented by the Council of Chief Librarians

Wednesday, April 23: (SOUTH) Ontario Doubletree Hotel   222 N Vineyard Ave, Ontario, CA 91764

Thursday, April 24: (NORTH)    Embassy Suites in Walnut Creek 1345 Treat Blvd, Walnut Creek, CA 94597



9:00 – 9:30      Registration

9:30 – 11:30    Power Searching: Techniques, Discovery, & New Trends in Search by Greg Notess

11:30-12:15     Lunch (provided by CCL)

12:15-1:30       Tips and Tricks to Improve Your Google Search Skills by Julian Prentice

1:40-2:45        Introducing “Guide on the Side” Active Learning Tutorials in Information Literacy Instruction  by Alicia Virtue

2:45-3:00         Conclusion


Greg R. Notess is a writer, speaker, and consultant focusing on the Internet, online information resources, Web searching, and the search engine industry. He has been researching and covering Internet information resources since 1990. Greg is also a reference librarian and professor at Montana State University. Presentation Description: Power Searching: Techniques, Discovery, & New Trends in Search  Search is changing on the Web and in libraries. Learn new strategies for successful searching in discovery tools, graph search, and multimedia search. Explore the latest trends in search and their impact on teaching our users to search and our own searching.

Julian Prentice is a Search Quality Analyst on the Google Search Quality team. Her work focuses on keeping the search results full of quality sites and helping webmasters understand Google's quality guidelines. Prior to joining Google in 2010, Julian was an academic librarian and instructor at Chabot College and California State University East Bay.  Julian has a MLIS from University of California, Los Angeles and a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric from University of California, Berkeley. She's currently pursuing a Master of Science in Education, Option in Online Teaching and Learning at California State University, East Bay. Presentation Description:  Tips and Tricks to Improve Your Google Search Skills  Knowing how to find answers with Google is an important skill in today’s digital age. This talk will cover a range of Google search techniques and touch on Google’s search education initiatives which provides educational content for teachers and librarians to use in the classroom. Julian will also discuss how search engines work and how to better connect your patrons with the content you want them to find.

Alicia Virtue is the Electronic Services librarian at Santa Rosa Junior College with responsibility for the integrated library system, the library web presence, and database and discovery services. She teaches a six-week online course in information literacy.  Presentation Description:  Guide on the Side active learning tutorials provide a virtual coach that can lead students through the features of library research tools.  Developed by the University of Arizona Libraries, this open source tutorial software presents a wonderful opportunity for academic libraries to introduce interactivity into information literacy instruction.  This presentation will address how the guides were installed, developed, and integrated into the information literacy program of the Santa Rosa Junior College Libraries. Some pedagogical and instructional design aspects of guide development will be addressed, and deployment logistics, user testing, and guide troubleshooting measures will be shared.