Poetry and the research conversation

My National Poetry Month posts are self-indulgent.  This year’s is particularly so. Please bear with me, though, as I’ll make an information literacy point (or two). I’m preparing an essay for the Franco-American magazine Le FORUM.  The piece recounts how a certain poem worked with surrounding items in Le F.A.R.O.G. Forum (Le FORUM‘s precursor).  In Read More…

World Book Night 2017: Pleasure reading and social justice

When you hear the phrase “economic well-being,” does pleasure reading come to mind?  Dewan (2016) links pleasure reading to not only economic well-being, but also social justice. Dewan (2016) starts by linking pleasure reading to literacy.  Reading skill develops with practice, and we’re more likely to stick with practice that is pleasurable (pp. 558-559).  Improved Read More…

National Library Week and Alumni

We want to think of our alumni, especially as commencement draws near.  What do the USM Libraries have to offer them?  Let’s start with the current version of the Alumni Card page. Then let’s consider resources available through our library networks. Cloud Library is an exciting collection of ebooks and electronic audiobooks. Though I’ve mentioned Marvel! Read More…

ACRL conference, Part 2

My first full day at ACRL was full in every sense of the word.  My second day was equally full. Kaijsa Calkins and Rick Fisher (University of Wyoming) looked at course syllabi.  They also interviewed faculty to learn more about how they see research and student researchers.  Such research can spark conversations around how writing, thinking, Read More…