The information cycle revisited

Image from http://www.freeimages.co.uk The tragedies in Boston, MA and in West, TX are headline news.  As the Newtown, CT shootings are farther along the information cycle, we are beginning to hear less about them.  Still, let us keep all of these people–including the first responders– in our thoughts and prayers. We first heard of each Read More…

Sharing books on any night

Image from http://www.freeimages.co.uk World Book Night U.S. will take place on April 23.  This event is about sharing books with light readers and nonreaders.  Actually it is about sharing the love of reading–period.  In that latter spirit I’ll share the books I’m currently reading: Professional Reading Gibson, C. (Ed.). (2006). Student engagement and information literacy.    Read More…

Building academic communities

Image courtesy of the American Library Association National Library Week begins this coming Sunday.  Since librarianship is a highly collaborative field, I salute my fellow librarians: I am honored to share ideas with you on a daily basis.  I also salute you, my non-librarian readers.  After all, we librarians are here to work with you.  Read More…

The poetics of close reading

Image from http://www.freeimages.co.uk With National Poetry Month upon us I’m thinking of the different connections between poetry and information literacy.  I’ll start with a powerful connection: close reading. Poetry–especially when read aloud–encourages close reading.  Take the refrain ‘A terrible beauty is born’ from Yeats’s poem “Easter, 1916.”  Do we emphasize the word terrible or the Read More…