Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Celebrating the new David L Cooperrider Appreciative Inquiry Center

On Saturday, Champlain celebrated the opening of the David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry. Want to learn more about Appreciative Inquiry? Stop by the display at the main desk in Miller Information Commons and check out a book on the topic!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Victory Parade, 1918

Ninety-six years ago, on November 11, 1918, a victory parade was held in downtown Burlington to mark the end of World War I. This postcard from Champlain's Llewellyn Collection of Vermont History commemorates the moment when crowds gathered to watch soldiers march up Church Street. The following year, November 11 would become a national holiday honoring veterans, now known as Veterans Day.

Postcard of 1918 Victory Parade by C.H. Bessey, 
Llewellyn Collection #2010.1.517

C.H. Bessey, the photographer who took this image, was probably standing in an upper-story window of what was then the Ethan Allen Fire House, now the Firehouse Gallery for Burlington City Arts. He aimed his camera down Church Street towards its intersection with Main Street. The three-story building on the corner with the flat roof, the 1876-1877 Exchange Block at 150-154 Church Street, remains standing.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Pres. Laackman's Meaningful Books List

Did you miss President Laackman’s book talk? Here are his choices:

Thucydides - Peloponnesian War
Jane Austen - Persuasion
Mark Helprin - Winter's Tale
Neal Stephenson - The Diamond Age
Stephen Covey - Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
Thomas Neff - You're In Charge - Now What?
David Eggers - Hologram for the King
Andrew Solomon - Far From the Tree
Rohinton Mistry - A Fine Balance
William Shakespeare - King Lear

Monday, November 3, 2014

Meaningful Books with President Don Laackman

Join us this Wednesday, November 5th, 2014, 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm Vista Room, Miller Information Commons 

In a 2012 post to his blog Don’s Desk, Champlain President Don Laackman wrote of his quest to read more, “I don’t want to just read more; I want to read more stuff with which I can connect. Books that move me, provoke me and enrich me.”  

Which books are they? Please join us in welcoming President Laackman as our next speaker in the Champlain College Library’s Meaningful Books series. Don will highlight a set of titles that have been especially influential in his career and life. 

About Meaningful Books: Several years ago, Professor Jim Fry suggested that the Library host displays and “books talks” showcasing members of the Champlain College community and their choice of books: books they have found insightful, influential, current, or just plain entertaining. Over the years, College faculty and staff members have shared their most meaningful reads, inspiring all of us to think more about our own reading, both past and future. 

Note: Seating is limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis, with a room capacity of about 25 people.

Thursday, October 30, 2014


Happy Haunting everyone. We love Halloween here at the Miller Information Commons! Stop by and check out our wonderful display of  books about ghosts, witches, monsters and other frightening creatures. Be sure to grab a  Halloween button and a bookmark on the table near the display. And remember.... Read something spooky and have a safe and wonderful Halloween! Check out a few links below on Halloween:


Halloween facts...

Halloween Fantasy and Folklore

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

7th Annual Library Chili Cookoff!

The days are getting shorter, the leaves are in need of raking, and there’s a distinct chill in the air which can only mean one thing: time for CHILI!

On Thursday, Nov. 6th from 3-4 pm the library is happy to present the 7th Annual Library Chili Cookoff!

There will be categories for best vegetarian, judge's choice, and people's choice. In addition to the chili cookoff, some chefs will also compete in the Fantastic Cornbread Hootenanny.

Come join us in the front Tower Room to eat FREE chili and cornbread and vote for your favorite!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Open Educational Resources

In yesterday's post, Mike Lange discussed his experiences with open access publication. There is another set of open access information available for faculty: open educational resources.

What is an Open Educational Resource (OER)?
An open educational resource (OER for short) is a curriculum item that is freely available for use. In general, it is released with a more open Creative Commons licensing structure that allows it to be reused and remixed with varying degrees of responsibility for attribution, re-mixing, and sharing. One can even mark an item as "public domain", which means that it is available for use without attribution and can be remixed and shared without breaking copyright.

Where can I find OERs for my courses?
There are a number of great resources available for finding and sharing OERs. Here is just a small sampling:
  • Open4Us.org: Hosted by the Open Professionals Education network, this site is a resource for searching for OERs broken down by material type.
  • OER Commons: This site breaks down OERs by topic. You can also search geographically and by intellectual level. The content is shared under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC-BY-NC-SA) 3.0 License unless otherwise noted.
  • Open Education Consortium: This group aggregates content from a number of sources, including MIT's initiative called OpenCourseWare (OCW). 
  • College Open Textbooks: While it does not collect OER textbooks, COT points to the repositories and sites where OER textbooks are located, as well as advocating for creating more open resources for college students in particular.
SPARC has a great resource page to help you learn more about OERs and how to create your own - and how to get support for doing it.

How can I make sure the resources are worthwhile?
Many OERs are peer-reviewed and carefully vetted before they are published in the open access world. As always in the academy, one must be careful to use sound professional judgment about sources; resources from proprietary publishers can sometimes have problems!

Where can I find more?
Many universities have offices devoted to scholarly publishing and open education. While we don't have one at Champlain, we can take advantage of the work that they're doing and publishing on the web.

How might you use an OER in your course or in your classroom? Share your thoughts in the comments!