Design thinking and info lit

Braun (2016, p. 80) outlines some common steps in the design process, whatever the particular model: Identify a problem to be solved. Learn more about the problem. Think of possible solutions. Develop a prototype solution. Test the prototype. Refine the prototype and retest. These steps speak to the Research as Inquiry frame from the Information Literacy Read More…

Archives Month and archives events

October brings us American Archives Month.  It will also wrap up a series of special events at USM’s Franco-American Collection. The series, which began in May with a talk by Mary Rice-DeFosse (Bates College), highlights Franco-Americans’ wartime experiences.  It continues on September 20 at 5:00 p.m. with a talk by Susan Pinette and Lisa Michaud (University Read More…

Info lit standards and info lit frames

  At one point the Association of College & Research Libraries had two co-existing information literacy documents: the Standards and the Framework (Hinchliffe, 2016).  On June 25 the ACRL officially rescinded the Standards (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016). I see the two documents as complementary.*  The Framework, for instance, describes authority as “constructed and Read More…

Welcome Back Fall 2016

Welcome (back)!  I hope the summer has treated you well. I’ll start with the usual reminders.  We librarians are more than happy to visit your classes or create customized course guides. More importantly we want to listen to your teaching and research needs.  Perhaps a live visit or a guide would not meet  your needs.  You Read More…