Rhizr’ing with Reference

| June 13, 2018

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… Pangloss used now and then to say to Candide:

“There is a concatenation of all events in the best of possible worlds; for, in short, had you not been kicked out out of a fine castle for the love of Miss Cunegund; had you not been put into the Inquisition; had you not traveled over America on foot; had you not run the Baron through the body; and had you not lost all your sheep, which you brought from the good country of El Dorado, you would not have been here to eat preserved citrons and pistachio nuts.”

‘Excellently observed,”answered Candide, “but let us cultivate our garden.”

— Voltaire, Candide

When I first began using rhizr, a content creation tool designed by EdLab, I was drawn to its ease of use, beautiful color schemes, and flexibility in allowing a range of media, including pictures and video. I quickly discovered that it was an excellent platform for which to share educational information, either by making it public or through invitational links, and began a project to strengthen instructional offerings held onsite throughout the year for our students at Teachers College. As roots and nodes grew, I tackled additional projects, including those for new student and doctoral student orientations — and adopted rhizr to help summarize the work of all library sponsored events (Education Program 2016-2017, 2017-2018), while still archiving them in Pocketknowledge, our institutional repository. One foray into rhizr and you might well never go back to Powerpoint! Oui, il faut cultiver notre jardin….

We are pleased to share an updated collection of resources supportive of library workshops offered via the Gottesman Libraries’ Education Program. You will discover content that encourages information literacy  — with reference to ACRL, the skill of knowing when information is needed, and also being able to locate, evaluate, and effectively use that information. Covered in the rhizr entitled Library Workshops are topics of continuing relevance to our students, with a trail of clues to a broad range of seminal research resources.

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Preserved lemons and pistachios, anyone?

 

 

 

Rhizr is a collection of learning opportunities linked together to support serendipitous discovery. It borrows from the metaphor of a rhizome, a structure of roots and nodes that grow non-hierarchically and randomly beneath a plant.”

Images:

Plants And Flowers (1956), by Roland Brundle, from The Ziegfeld Collection of International Children’s Art, Courtesy the Gottesman Libraries, Teachers College, Columbia University

Workshop (1956), by Shunichi Yasukawa, from The Ziegfeld Collection of International Children’s Art, Courtesy the Gottesman Libraries, Teachers College, Columbia University