Technology Integration: Faculty Spotlight
Mr. Ron Epps
Reference & Print Resources Librarian
“I am a Reference & Print Resources librarian at Wiggins Memorial Library. This means that I help students locate materials and resources for their research, teach library classes about our resources and how to use them effectively, and am involved in the ordering and procurement of print books and journals. I use a lot of different technologies to help keep track of all of this.
I am a devoted Google Drive user. I use drive to store PowerPoint presentations for the various classes I teach during the semester; this keeps me from having to worry about losing a flash drive. I’m starting to use Google Slides for quick presentations that don’t need any elaborate animations, and for presentations that I want to share with others. I use Google Forms and Google Sheets to help keep track of library statistics. Google Docs is a great tool for collaborating with my colleagues, and I’ve used it in the past for in-class exercises where I want members of an entire class to collaborate with each other. I can’t imagine life without Google Calendar for scheduling shifts on the Research Assistance Desk and library classes.
I use Evernote to help keep track of details of classes and meetings. I can use Evernote to keep track of meeting handouts, as well as any notes that I take during the meetings. I also use Evernote to keep track of my self-assessments for the various classes that I teach so I can tweak my approach to make them better. Evernote is also useful for keeping track of test scores over many classes to see if there are any trends that I need to be concerned about. Finally, I use Evernote to keep track of web pages that I am using for projects; I can keep the URL and save the entire page inside of Evernote as insurance against the page getting deleted or changing URLs.
Other tools that I use include Trello for keeping track of where items are in a process, Captivate for making tutorials, and Microsoft Office for writing and elaborate presentations. I’m always trying new tools to see how they will help me become more effective.” –Mr. Ron Epps