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Meet Jason Cimock, unCOILed Presenter!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Remember, Preregistration for unCOILed 2011: Get Schooled is now open!  Sign up to see these wonderful speakers in action.

Welcome to the Database Derby: Beyond Lecture into Bibliographic Pandemonium

Have you ever had a class that just seemed to lose interest with every passing database or website?  Emily Brown and Jason Cimock have devised a devilishly fun game to keep those hum-drum classes on their toes and using their brains.

The Database Derby pits teams of students in a race to the finish, where the winners get chocolate and the losers sometimes also get chocolate.  After Librarians demonstrate the databases, they divide their students into teams and ask them to use what they learned to compete in a relay race. The team that learned the most usually comes out on top.

Emily and Jason will talk about the origins of the Database Derby and teach you how you can keep those students interested, working hard, and having fun!

*Jason will be presenting with Emily Brown, who we’ll highlight next week!  Stay tuned!

A little bit about Jason:

Jason Cimock graduated with a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from Grand Valley State University in 2004 and an MLIS from Wayne State University in 2006.  He has served as an Adjunct Librarian at Grand Rapids Community College and is currently employed as a Reference and Instruction Librarian at the University of Central Oklahoma.  Jason is currently pursuing an MA in English Literature with an emphasis on Creative Writing.  He has also served as a board member for the Oklahoma chapter of ACRL from 2006 to 2008, as the board’s secretary in 2009, and is the current president-elect.

We asked Jason a few questions:

1.  What made you want to present at this years unCOILed Workshop?

I wanted to present at COIL because I heard it was the quickest way to get rich.

2.  How long have you been a librarian?

I’ve been a librarian since 2006, but if we’re counting past lives, 867 years.

3.  What is your favorite thing about instruction?

My favorite thing about instruction is the opportunity to raise my voice and use lots of hand gestures.

Thank you, Jason!  We’re looking forward to your presentation on July 22nd, at unCOILed 2011: Get Schooled!

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