The info lit of postcards

Image from New York Public Library Digital Gallery Do you collect postcards?  If so, you know how this hobby involves multiple types of information.  As I sort through a box of family postcards, I’m learning firsthand about these sources. I started with what I know best–library resources.  The URSUS catalog yielded the books you see Read More…

Rock and roll info lit

  Rock concert audience Image from http://www.freeimages.co.uk Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page told an interviewer a story about misinformation.  Someone had insisted that a song from one LZ album was actually from another.  When Page asked him about his sources, the person mentioned an inaccurate website and notes from a pirated disc.  “Voilà,” ends the Read More…

A refresher on database searching

By Renee Comet (Photographer) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons What does iced tea have in common with database searching?  Good tea recipes and good search strategies both come from careful refinements. I had blended two types of tea.  When the resulting batch tasted too much like one of them, I used less of that tea–and Read More…

When librarians get together

Portland Public Library By Namiba.Namiba at en.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons The Social Science Librarians Boot Camp wasn’t my only recent conference.  On June 6 I had attended the Southern Maine Library District Reference Librarians’ meeting.  We attendees gained much from getting together. We discussed improvements to the Marvel! statewide resources page.  We offered Read More…

An informed musical for July 4th

Image from New York Public Library Digital Gallery At this time of the year I couldn’t resist mentioning the musical 1776.  The show’s book is  interesting from an information standpoint as well. The book includes historical notes (Stone & Edwards, 1998, pp.153-165).  This section covers both historically accurate details and details changed for dramatic reasons.   Read More…