Banned Books Week 2016: Diversity and dialogue

Banned Books Week 2016: Diversity and dialogue

Banned Books Week 2016 starts on September 25 and highlights diversity.  This year I’m reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot.  A Knoxville, TN parent thought the book had “too much graphic information” for a high school assignment (Doyle, 2016, p.7). It can spark other sorts of conversation as well. […]

By September 22, 2016 0 comments InfoSavvy, Library
Archives Month and archives events

Archives Month and archives events

October brings us American Archives Month.  It will also wrap up a series of special events at USM’s Franco-American Collection. The series, which began in May with a talk by Mary Rice-DeFosse (Bates College), highlights Franco-Americans’ wartime experiences.  It continues on September 20 at 5:00 p.m. with a talk by Susan […]

By September 15, 2016 0 comments InfoSavvy, Library
Info lit standards and info lit frames

Info lit standards and info lit frames

  At one point the Association of College & Research Libraries had two co-existing information literacy documents: the Standards and the Framework (Hinchliffe, 2016).  On June 25 the ACRL officially rescinded the Standards (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016). I see the two documents as complementary.*  The Framework, for instance, […]

By September 8, 2016 0 comments InfoSavvy, Library
Welcome back Fall 2016

Welcome back Fall 2016

Welcome (back)!  I hope the summer has treated you well. I’ll start with the usual reminders.  We librarians are more than happy to visit your classes or create customized course guides. More importantly we want to listen to your teaching and research needs.  Perhaps a live visit or a guide would […]

Workplace info lit

Workplace info lit

I’ve written about workplace information literacy on multiple occasions.  I haven’t written about it in light of the ACRL Framework, though.  With Labor Day around the corner I’ll correct this oversight. In my 5/16/13 post I mention consulting subject experts.  Workplace expertise comes as much from experience as it does […]

By August 24, 2016 0 comments InfoSavvy, Library
The info lit of produce

The info lit of produce

Summer brings us farmers’ markets and farm stands.  These places are interesting sites of information exchange.  Many vendors–and customers–are ready to share recipes and cooking tips.  Indeed such information  is often shared informally. Also the farmers know about the produce from their experience growing it.  In other words they are  authorities. […]

By August 18, 2016 0 comments InfoSavvy, Library
Games of info lit

Games of info lit

  This summer ABC has revived some popular game shows (Gonzalez, 2016).  Because I wish to use them thoughtfully, I have been slow to adopt classroom games.  Still, I’m reviving a game of my own. I posted about games in 2013.  Shortly afterward I took a professional development course where I […]

By August 15, 2016 0 comments InfoSavvy, Library
Tasks behind the research tasks

Tasks behind the research tasks

When I recently sold a vintage glass dish, I saw how one simple transaction involves many tasks behind the task.  So do many research activities. Before traveling with a fragile dish I checked that the dealer would want it.  First I staged the piece.  Then I took a picture.  Then I […]

By August 4, 2016 0 comments InfoSavvy, Library
Survey pitfalls and info lit

Survey pitfalls and info lit

  I have been auditing a research methods class.  Overall the course has been a good refresher on how to evaluate research.  Since they are plentiful, especially during an election year, I’ll focus on polls and surveys. The class covered the major pitfalls common to survey research.   For instance non-random […]

By July 28, 2016 0 comments InfoSavvy, Library
Summer reading and the research conversation

Summer reading and the research conversation

  Currently I am reading Rebecca’s Tale, by Sally Beauman.  The story builds upon Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca.  In a sense the two novels speak to one another.  Likewise we can see research as a conversation (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2015). Rebecca’s Tale takes place 20 years after […]

By July 21, 2016 0 comments InfoSavvy, Library