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…

Self Care and Strategic Searching

Valentine’s Day honors our relationships.  How do we nurture ourselves, so that we can nurture those relationships?  We can use this question to demonstrate strategic searching. Part of search strategy is finding the right initial scale of a project (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016, Searching as Strategic Exploration section, Knowledge Practices subsection).  For Read More…

Metaliteracies and Useful Conversations

We librarians bandy about the term “information literacy.”  How does it relate to other literacies, though, and why does this question matter? Mackey and Jacobson (2011) relate information literacy to such concepts as media literacy, cyberliteracy, visual literacy, and information fluency.   This discussion can spark conversations between librarians and subject faculty.  What literacies do we Read More…

Welcome Back Spring 2018

We librarians welcome you back to the new semester.  We hope you had a safe, pleasant winter session. As always we’re ready to visit your classes.  The visit can be at time of greatest need.   We can still create customized research guides as well. Please remind your students to make sure that their USM cards Read More…

Managing emails, managing information

Did you make New Year’s resolutions?  If so, was one of them to be more organized?  Here are some resources for organizing your emails: http://www.43folders.com/izero http://content.reviveyourinbox.com/04-how-to-organize-your-email-inbox.html https://www.fastcompany.com/3067012/the-only-five-email-folders-your-inbox-will-ever-need The ACRL’s Research as Inquiry frame lists “organizing information in meaningful ways (emphasis mine)” as a knowledge practice (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016).  While one–or any–of Read More…

The Info Lit of Quotes

As part of a Holiday gift I gave a pair of candles.  I included a slip which read, “A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.”  When I had researched the quote’s source, I found conflicting answers.  How do we manage such inconsistencies (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016, Research as Inquiry section, Knowledge Read More…

Top Ten of 2017, Part Two

Pickard, E. (2017). From barrier to bridge: Partnering with teaching faculty to facilitate a multi-term information literacy research project.  Collaborative Librarianship, 9(3), 175-182. Pickard has collaborated with a faculty member to research information literacy instruction in online classes. Though she and her partner have tweaked the instruction each semester, the article concerns the partnership itself. Read More…