Making information less scary

  In honor of Halloween and Information Literacy Awareness Month  let’s address a real-life information horror: organizing information.  Fortunately a number of tools exist to help us with this task: Database tools The University of Minnesota Assignment Calculator Refworks Zotero Share these tools with your students.  Try them out for your own publications.  For more Read More…

Pecha Kucha firsthand

Pecha Kucha Den Haag no2 Image from Marco Raaphorst: Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/raaphorst/4194303003/ and used under a Creative Commons Attribution License 2.0 In April 2009 I had written about the concept of Pecha Kucha, where presenters can use only 20 slides each and have only 20 seconds per slide.   In January 2010 I wrote about the Read More…

Saluting and informing musicians

Image courtesy of http://www.freeimages.co.uk/ I dedicate this entry to my mother, a former accompanist and one of the most info-savvy people I know.  Her love of music reminds me of musicians’ information needs. Abromeit and Vaughan (2004), for example, discuss how opera performers use certain resources to prepare for roles.  At the Oberlin Conservatory of Read More…

Learning from information overload

Image courtesy of http://www.freeimages.co.uk/ Recently I found myself reading and viewing patient education materials.  With all due respect to the health professions I found the experience overwhelming. I began to think about my own teaching.  Like the health professionals I have to cover a great deal of content at one time–often at a time when Read More…