American Archives Month 2019

  October is American Archives Month.  When we think of archives, do we consider what people are represented, what people are underrepresented, or how people are represented? For example the University of Maine has digitized early back issues of Le F.A.R.O.G. Forum, a Franco-American newspaper.  A December 1976 cartoon shows a grandmother frog–The frog is Read More…

Banned Books Week 2019

Welcome to Banned Books Week 2019!  This year’s theme (“Censorship leaves us in the dark.”)  brings to mind–to my mind, at least–footlights and spotlights. What plays have been censored, or their productions banned?  Where did these incidents happen, and under what circumstances?   The book Banned plays : Censorship histories of 125 stage dramas explores such Read More…

Welcome Back Fall 2019

Welcome back, everyone! I hope the summer treated you well.   Over the summer I have been weeding both my home office and my library office.  I have discussed weeding before, most notably in my 05/18/17 post.  As weeding needs to be done periodically, though, shouldn’t we revisit the topic every so often? The ACRL Framework Read More…

Listicle Literacy

As I write my staycation to-do lists, I think of how listicles play a large role in blogging culture.  According to Wikipedia, a listicle “uses a list as its thematic structure, but is fleshed out with sufficient copy to be published as an article” (Listicle, 2018, para. 1).  Examples include my 2018 Top  Articles post. Read More…

Info lit and International Zine Month

July is International Zine Month.  What are zines in the first place?  Vassar College Libraries (2019) describe them as “a DIY, self-published medium, incorporating voices and narratives frequently absent from more traditional publishing venues (What’s a Zine section).” How do they relate to information literacy?   The ACRL Framework includes informal channels for distributing information (Association Read More…

Series Reading and Info Lit

Do you enjoy the novels in a given series?  If so, you may be enjoying some info lit lessons. For example I followed Daughtry family series by Kasey Michaels.  Since each novel has one family member as a central character, the reader sees the overall story arc through multiple lenses.  Most romance novels–these stories included–alternate Read More…

Food safety and Information Literacy

  However we celebrate July 4, food will play a role in our festivities.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s  Food Safety Page has  tips for safe food handling. Scientists publish studies about food safety.    For example Gogou, Katsaros, Derens, Alvarez, and Taokis (2015) look at temperature control as food gets to Read More…

ACRL New England Conference 2019: Opening Doors for Each Other

On May 6 I attended the Association of College & Research Libraries New England Chapter conference. The theme was Opening Doors for Each Other. Indeed the sessions spoke to the value of collaboration. My first session concerned a cross-institutional learning community. The initial planners sought partners who were geographically close and could meet consistently. Though Read More…

OERs: Textbooks and more

On April 26 I attended a day long workshop on open educational resources (OERs).  Though high textbook costs are an important driver in the OER movement, OERs go beyond low-cost textbooks. Morning speaker Marilyn Billings (UMass Amherst) mentioned the 5 Rs of the open movement: reuse, revise, remix, redistribute, retain.  Afternoon speaker Karen Cangialosi (Keen Read More…