Banned book information

Image courtesy of the American Library Association. October 1 marks the end of Banned Books Week.  Do you have some favorite banned books?   Though I have many favorite books, I often use dictionaries, and The Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary was in Robert P. Doyle’s  Books Challenged or Banned in 2009-2010, a list compiled from reports in Read More…

Constitution Day resources

U.S.S. Constitution, from aft Image from kirinqueen (Erin Stevenson O’Connor): Retrieved fromhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/kirinqueen/142059489/, and used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike License 2.0 . In honor of the recent Constitution Day (September 17,  observed September 16) here are some important links from Core Documents of U.S. Democracy: The Articles of Confederation The Bill of Rights The Constitution Read More…

Celebrating knowledge from people

Image courtesy of http://www.freeimages.co.uk/ As the fall semester begins, I enjoy seeing people return.  I get to hear how regular patrons spent the summer.  Thinking about people reminds me of how people can be important information sources. Lloyd (2005) mentions the “social (emphasis mine), physical, and textual sites of knowledge . . . (¶ 7).”  Read More…

Inspiration for topic formation

Image courtesy of http://www.freeimages.co.uk/ Many courses require a final paper or project.  Since a better-developed topic usually results in a better project, here’s my topic development advice to students: The best topic is one where your interests meet your instructor’s expectations.  Be sure you know what those expectations are.  Ask plenty of questions. Then think Read More…

Notes on being a co-learner

As an undergrad I took a seminar on the Faust legend.  The instructor, a music professor, told us students that he would be a co-learner of the course’s non-musical content.   Now that I am an instructor myself,  I further appreciate this approach. I am co-teaching a section of FRS197 (Information Power Unleashed).   Obviously I’m sharing Read More…