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…

World Book Night 2019: Poetry Chapbooks

    How do we honor both National Poetry Month and World Book Night (April 23) in a single post?  Let’s honor the poetry chapbook. The American Heritage Dictionary (2016) defines a chapbook as “a small book or pamphlet containing poems, ballads, stories, or religious tracts.”  (Chapbook, 2016).  Chapmen were the door-to-door peddlers who originally sold them (Chapmen, Read More…

National Library Week (April 7-13)

National Library Week has the theme Libraries=Strong Communities.  How does an academic library help strengthen its community?  More specifically how does a library contribute to student learning?  As a profession we librarians are exploring this question. We can assess our instruction in a one-shot session.  We can measure the effectiveness of a flipped model, for Read More…

For Our Soon-to-be Alums

With graduation in sight I’ll share my annual resources for our graduating students.  This year they come as a course guide for COR 400, Launching into Life After College.    For those graduating seniors who didn’t take the course, the resources might still be useful (Some of them are still useful to those of us Read More…

Novices and Experts

This semester I’m taking an online course.  As I learn content, I’m learning once more to see things from the student’s perspective.   An expert in one field can be a novice in another, so we can take opportunities to be a novice. On the flipside novices in one realm can be experts in another (Foasberg, Read More…

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…