Making and information

    June 17-23 marked the National Week of Making.  You may have heard about makerspaces, often in libraries, where people can create things: See, for example, Scott’s blog post (2016).  Though projects differ, they involve information. Making doesn’t happen in a vacuum.  Makers use information about techniques or equipment.  If they are creating something Read More…

Maine Larger Libraries Day 2016

  We share feelings and information through stories.  At Maine Larger Libraries Day on June 10, James LaRue (The American Library Association) encouraged us listeners to tap into the power of library stories. Since these stories concern how libraries transform lives, we start by listening to our users’ life needs.  For example Larue’s librarians interviewed local Read More…

SSL Boot Camp Part 2

  Between the morning sessions was an informal discussion on, among other topics, finding data sets.  The afternoon sessions addressed this issue. Crystal Orjiako (Bureau of Labor Statistics) introduced us participants to BLS resources.  I found the American Time Use Survey and the Beyond the Numbers publication most interesting.  Overall the site has plentiful information Read More…

SSL Boot Camp Part 1

The Social Science Librarians Boot Camp remains the highlight of my conference-going year.  As usual the morning featured two research panels. The first panel dealt with urban data.  In different ways both panelists raised questions of data quality.  Catherine D’Ignazio (Emerson College) started with an important question: why does urban data matter in the first Read More…

UMS Faculty Institute Part 2

  Last week I wrote about the UMaine System Faculty Institute keynotes.  Now the sessions deserve some attention.  Certain themes emerged across them: Intercampus Collaboration The first session (on virtual, multidisciplinary service learning) showcased a  project spanning multiple courses from different UMS campuses.  Intercampus collaboration also came up in the second and third sessions (on Read More…