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
Discovery, surprises, and info lit

Discovery, surprises, and info lit

To better use it in my teaching I have spent extra time with OneSearch, the library’s discovery tool.  Such tools show us how searching is strategic (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2015).  Strategy does not preclude surprises, though. On July 11 I searched for recent scholarly items on portfolios […]

By July 14, 2016 0 comments InfoSavvy, Library
Some words about information

Some words about information

“A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both.” –James Madison, letter to W.T. Barry [ August 4, 1822] Found in Platt, S. (Ed.). (1989). Respectfully quoted: A dictionary of quotations requested from the […]

By July 7, 2016 0 comments InfoSavvy, Library
Making and information

Making and information

    June 17-23 marked the National Week of Making.  You may have heard about makerspaces, often in libraries, where people can create things: See, for example, Scott’s blog post (2016).  Though projects differ, they involve information. Making doesn’t happen in a vacuum.  Makers use information about techniques or equipment. […]

By June 30, 2016 0 comments InfoSavvy, Library
Maine Larger Libraries Day 2016

Maine Larger Libraries Day 2016

  We share feelings and information through stories.  At Maine Larger Libraries Day on June 10, James LaRue (The American Library Association) encouraged us listeners to tap into the power of library stories. Since these stories concern how libraries transform lives, we start by listening to our users’ life needs.  For […]

By June 23, 2016 0 comments InfoSavvy, Library