Association of College and Research Libraries Roadshow

On May 11  ACRL’s  Roadshow came to town.   Anali Perry (Arizona State University) and Rachael Samberg (UC Berkeley) helped us participants unpack the seemingly obvious idea of scholarly communication. We considered the different stakeholders involved in the process.  To think of the scholars we most often serve, we developed personae representing them.  Since I couldn’t Read More…

Conference self-care and information sharing

In February I posted about self-care.  In April I posted about conference keynotes.  This week I’ll combine the two themes: How do we take care of ourselves–in body mind, or spirit–at conferences? At a conference Richards (2014) asked a similar question to a group of nursing leaders.  The nurses shared their thoughts.  Then she shared Read More…

Personal archiving and info lit

The District of Columbia Public Library has a Memory Lab, where people can save outdated media into newer formats and organize the files (Hazlett, 2018).  The ACRL Framework mentions the knowledge practice of organizing information “in meaningful ways” (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016, Research as Inquiry section). The emphasis above is mine and Read More…

Info Lit and Occasional Verse for Commencement

Information literacy places an individual’s information use in a larger social context (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016, Introduction).  Likewise, occasional verse sets one poet’s craft to a larger social purpose.  The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics describes this public function (Miner, Smith, & Brogan, 2012, para. 1). Several years ago I attempted a graduation Read More…

World Book Night 2018: Fact Meets Fiction

Sometimes fiction on a topic can complement more factual sources.  As Baildon (2018) notes, “Those (voices) excluded from higher education can often be found in fiction, music, or other cultural expression” (p. 178).  The ACRL Framework calls us to listen to such voices (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016, Scholarship as Conversation Section). How Read More…

Keynote speeches and Info lit

Will you be attending conferences in the near future?  If so you will probably listen to keynote addresses.  My favorite keynotes had a few things in common. First of all the speeches were relatively brief.  This concern is important at national conferences, where people either have just arrived (for an opening keynote) or have planes Read More…

National Library Week 2018: Libraries Lead

National Library Week (April 8-14) has the theme of Libraries Lead.  What does this theme mean, when even leadership scholars have a hard time defining leadership (de Haan, 2016, pp. 506-507)? De Haan and Kasozi describe leadership as “a process that is devoted to enhancing an organization’s effectiveness” (as cited in de Haan, 2016, p. Read More…

Exploring Web of Science and the scholarly conversation

Recently we librarians explored some features in Web of Science.  These features can help us map out scholarly conversations.  Since the database–despite its name–covers topics outside of science, I’ll search for “leadership development.” The Analyze Results feature allows us to spot patterns.  When, for example, were most of the results published?    In my case Read More…

Information after graduation: The workplace

Soon our graduating students will be embarking on or advancing in their careers.  As they prepare for job interviews, I’ll share some resources for dealing with tough interview questions: The most difficult interview questions (and answers)–monster.com Ten toughest interview questions answered–Forbes.com Three notoriously tough interview questions (and how to answer them)–USA Today I’ll put in Read More…