The Seventh Annual Savvies

The InfoSavvy movie awards are upon us once again.  This year’s Savvies go to: 9 to 5 (1980). Dir. Colin Higgins, written by Patricia Resnick (story and screenplay) & Colin Higgins (screenplay). Starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, & Dolly Parton. Hidden Figures (2016). Dir. Theodore Melfi, written by Allison Schroeder  & Theodore Melfi (screenplay), based on Read More…

News Sources in the Research Process

At this point in the semester students are still doing initial research.  Though scholarly journal articles have their place, let’s give other information sources their due.  Let’s take newspaper articles, for example. News articles can inspire potential research topics.  Think of the “bug lists” that we encourage students to create. These articles can serve as Read More…

Welcome Back Spring 2019

Welcome back, everyone! I hope you had a nice intersession.  As always we librarians are happy to support you in your research and–especially–your teaching. We can visit your face-to-face classes.  We have online course guides and information literacy tutorials.  We can use a combination of these strategies. Of course these are not the only ways Read More…

Best of 2018, Part 2

Here are the remaining five picks for 2018: Lambe, A., Anthoney, F., & Shaw, J. (2018). One door closes, another opens: Surviving and thriving through organizational restructure by ensuring knowledge continuity. Business Information Review, 35(4), 145–153. doi: 10.1177/0266382118802651 Part of information literacy is using information effectively, and an organization can’t do so if the information Read More…

Best of 2018, Part 1

Image Credit: Imama Lavi, from pexels.com As the year draws to a close, I’ll continue my tradition of sharing ten favorite articles of 2018.  Here are the first five in alphabetical order by author: Bonnet, J. L., Herakova, L., & McAlexander, B. (2018). Play on? Comparing active learning techniques for information literacy instruction in the Read More…

Why information containers matter

Though I chiefly use APA style, I’ve brushed up on MLA format.  In MLA style the container, such as a specific DVD or DVD set, matters greatly.  Why does it matter? The Information Creation as a Process frame acknowledges that information–including a TV episode–can be packaged and disseminated in different ways (Association of College & Read More…

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…