Best of 2015, part 1

 Image from freeimages.co.uk/ As the year ends, I salute my favorite professional readings of 2015.  I mix books, articles, and other formats in this year’s list.  Here they are in alphabetical, not rank, order: 1. Bell, S. (2015, July 8).  AKA “the student success center” [Blog post].  Retrieved from http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2015/07/opinion/steven-bell/aka-the-student-success-center-from-the-bell-tower/ Steven Bell consistently delivers great Read More…

Recipes and developing research expertise

Image from freeimages.co.uk/ During a recent webinar (Hanick & Townsend, 2015) the presenters contrasted how experts work with how novices work.  The remarks made me think of how I gain expertise with my Holiday dishes. Hanick and Townsend (2015) described expert knowledge as tacit and difficult to convey.  They also highlighted the creativity of experts. Read More…

Finals stress and information habits

Image from freeimages.co.uk The semester’s end can be stressful for students, faculty, and staff alike.  Here is a link (Dunn, 2012) with stress reduction tips End Games: Preparing Well for Final Exams (Psychology Today) Notice that the tips (in different ways)  emphasize preparedness.  Preparedness involves using information and developing habits. Likewise the ACRL Framework (2015, Read More…

Presentation resources

Presentations pose some special information needs.  Here are some resources for those end-of-semester presentations: Image Collections http://www.freeimages.co.uk/ https://freerangestock.com/ http://www.public-domain-photos.com/ Sound Clip/Music Collections http://publicdomain4u.com/ http://soundbible.com/ http://www.soundjay.com/ Citing Sources in Oral Presentations Citing sources in presentations (Brock University) Using citations and avoiding plagiarism in oral presentations (Hamilton College)