Popular to scholarly, Halloween style

Every so often I demonstrate how a non-scholarly source can lead to scholarly ones: that’s why I write my summer reading posts.    Halloween inspired yet another example. A blog post (Gibrich, 2015) described incorporating costume elements into a work wardrobe.  This piece sent me in two directions. Since Gibrich (2015, Before You Begin section, para. Read More…

Blogs and scholarly conversation

Image by Lisa Risager from Denmark (WordPress 10th anniversary  Uploaded by palnatoke) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons As a blogger I follow some favorite blogs.  A recent post in one of them highlighted research as a conversation. LaGuardia (2015) summarized the first two phases of a Project Information Literacy study.  Phase 1 interviews Read More…

Open Access and Your Work

Information literacy includes developments in scholarly communication (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2015).  With this point in mind I salute Open Access Week (October 19-15). McKinnon and Helge (2014) offer a good basic overview of open access as a concept.  They explain the difference between green open access, where the item is freely available, Read More…

Learning about altmetrics

Image from freeimages.co.uk As useful as the peer review process still is, it does not account for the new and varied ways in which research is being shared.  How do blog posts about an article, for instance, reflect its impact?  What does a scholar’s Twitter following measure?  These are the types of questions addressed through Read More…

American Archives Month 2015

Image from freeimages.co.uk The ACRL Information Literacy Framework (2015) mentions the information ecosystem.  Both material and digital sources are part of that ecosystem.  The materiality of archival sources complements the increasingly digital nature of regular library collections (Samuelson & Coker, 2014).  American Archives Month serves as a good reminder of this fact. References Association of Read More…