Practical browsing

  At the start of spring semester I mentioned a new resource called BrowZine.  In case BrowZine is still new to you, here’s a reminder. BrowZine is a visually interesting way to browse journals.  Serendipity has its place in research (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016, Searching as Strategic Exploration section, Dispositions subsection), and Read More…

Podcasts and the Information Landscape

While I was watching a favorite Masterpiece! series, I learned about the Masterpiece Studio podcast.  Then I learned about the Circulating Ideas podcast through one of my professional lists.  What do the experiences say about information literacy? I learned about my chosen podcasts in context, in my recreational setting and my work setting respectively.  Information is Read More…

Welcome Back Fall 2017

Welcome back, everyone! I hope the summer has treated you well.  I welcome our new faculty as well. As always we librarians are happy to visit your classes.  The visit need not be lengthy or during the first week of class: It need not be singular.  We can tailor a visit or set of visits Read More…

Media you can use

With the recent heat I couldn’t resist using a snowman image.  I also use it to make a point about information use. Once I saw a flyer with the image of Olaf, the snowman from Disney’s Frozen.Disney generally protects its copyright.  Stanford University’s Fair Use Project even spliced together Disney footage to make a point about Read More…

Home movies and the value of information

Last summer I had some 8 mm. home movies digitized.  The process brought home–Pun very much intended!–how information has value. The Information has Value frame notes the “skills, time, and effort needed to produce knowledge” (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016, Information has Value section, Dispositions subsection).  I will retain the term “knowledge” here Read More…

Dishware and search strategy

July 4 brought to mind cookouts, which brought to mind some recent research.  I needed a baseline value for some Royal Winton corn-on-the-cob dishes.  Getting it took some strategic searching (Association of College .& Research Libraries, 2016). A keyword search yielded a similar question on an appraisal site.  Thus I picked out a person or Read More…

Museums and democracy

The National Museum of American History has opened three new exhibitions: “American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith,” “Religion in Early America,” and “Many Voices, One Nation” (Frischkorn, 2017).  These shows highlight how museums, archives, and libraries serve as sites for exploring what our democracy means.  Have a safe and happy 4th! Reference Frischkorn, K. (2017). New exhibition Read More…

Maine Academic Libraries Day 2017

June 15 brought us this year’s Maine Academic Libraries Day.  Margarita Noriega’s keynote speech highlighted some useful resources and drew thoughtful questions from the audience. Nancy Lewis, Amber Gray, Grace Liu, and Jen Bonnet (University of Maine) showcased four initiatives at the Fogler Library : a student book club, a faculty “Books in my Life” Read More…

Audiobook Month and info lit

Last time I discussed learning about my new phone.  One of my goals was to download audiobooks from Maine Infonet’s Download Library.  Since it is Audiobook Month, June is an ideal time to plug Maine Infonet’s Download Library and talk about audiobooks. Explore the Download Library for yourself.  There you’ll find a variety of ebooks and digital audiobooks.  Of Read More…