Scheduling as Info Lit

To be more consistent I have moved from weekly posts to bi-weekly posts.  I have read up on scheduling blog posts (Danao, n.d.) and learned to schedule in WordPress.  What does this news have to do with information literacy? The Framework (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016, p. 18) mentions organizing information.  So did Read More…

Vintage Recipes and Information Sharing

October was American Archives Month, and Thanksgiving is coming.  Why don’t we bring the two themes together with vintage recipes? USM’s Franco-American Collection has recipes in a range of formats: formally published cookbooks, Church/community cookbooks, handwritten recipes, and notebooks of  recipe clippings.  These formats show the varied ways in which information–in this case, recipes–can be Read More…

Cyber Security and Information Literacy

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.  Issues of information privacy and security can be seen in the ACRL Framework. The Introduction notes the need to monitor the changing information landscape and use information ethically (Association of College and Research Libraries, 2016).  Privacy concerns are part of the information landscape, and honoring another’s privacy is Read More…

A Special Reminder about Library Spaces

While the library has online resources, let’s not forget about its physical spaces.  If you assign group projects, please remind your students that each campus has group study rooms available. We have space for faculty as well.  More accurately the Center for Collaboration and Development has a room available in the Glickman Library. The particular Read More…

National Preparedness Month Information and Inclusion

September is National Preparedness Month.  Though the month is nearly over, preparedness is always relevant.   How we share and create preparedness information is yet another example of real-world information literacy. The American Red Cross, for example,  has a site on disaster safety for people with special needs.  The American Red Cross has experience dealing with Read More…

Banned Books Week 2018

Banned Books Week (September 23-29) is here again.  This year’s slogan, Banning Books Silences Stories, resonates well with information literacy. We have the Authority is Constructed and Contextual frame (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016), for example.  Who is challenging books, and in what settings do they do so?  Who has the authority to Read More…

Database updates

Over the summer the State of Maine changed database providers.  For us this switch has meant the replacement of some databases with new ones.  We still have databases from outside the statewide suite as well.  If you wonder about a specific database, please check our Databases A-Z list.  If you see a favorite database missing, Read More…

Welcome Back Fall 2018

Welcome back! We hope the summer has treated you well.  Here are some reminders for the new semester: We librarians can visit your classes.  The visit need not be lengthy or during the first weeks of classes.  Together we can plan something that meets your needs. If a visit does not meet your needs, we Read More…