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…

The Sixth Annual Savvies

Roll out the red carpet and set out the snacks!   Once more the InfoSavvy Movie Awards honor information literacy in film.  Credits come from the IMDB.   This year’s Savvies go to: For overall film A Mighty Wind (2003): Dir. Christopher Guest; Written by Christopher Guest & Eugene Levy; Starring Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy, Michael McKean, Read More…

Framing our info lit conversations

In December I started the 23 Framework Things challenge.  At press time I’ve completed nearly half of them.  Overall the experience is reminding me of the many places where we can talk about information literacy. I’ve been thinking of potential collaborators and initiatives.  An example of the latter would be the National Survey of Student Read More…

The Heart of Attribution

My recent posts have images from two stock photo sites: Pexels and Unsplash.  Since these sites require no attribution, we have few rules for crediting the images we use from them.  Then we think about why we attribute images. First of all we want to give the photographer credit.  Secondly we want to help our Read More…

Honing Your Learning Outcomes – Part 2

  (Read Part One from this link) In Part One of this piece, we took a nice, prefabricated stroll through the process of rehabilitating some unrefined learning outcomes. While we were successful in meeting that goal, we inadvertently pulled a thread which unraveled a horrible truth: Our cake course doesn’t actually teach students how to Read More…