Top Ten of 2017, Part One

Where has the year gone?!  Already it’s time for my top ten articles of 2017.  In alphabetical order (by first author’s name) here are the first five: Deitering, A., & Rempel, H. G. (2017). Sparking curiosity–Librarians’ role in encouraging exploration.  In the Library With the Lead Pipe. Retrieved from http://www.inthelibrarywiththeleadpipe.org/2017/sparking-curiosity/ The authors discuss different types of Read More…

Info lit as participation

I am participating in a professional development program called 23 Framework Things.    “Participating” is the operative word. On the site we participants comment on the readings and on each other’s posts.  Since it is self-paced, we can participate at our own convenience. 23 Framework Things uses game elements, and what’s a game without participants?  Read More…

Photos and information skills

After Thanksgiving I completed a photo book for my brother, who lives out of state.  The process involved a number of real -world information skills. First of all the book’s intended audience guided my choice of photos.  I picked ones that my brother either had never seen or at least would find meaningful.  In other Read More…

Sharing resources for veterans

Information literacy involves “communities of learning” (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016, Introduction section).  Librarians learn from each other, and that learning includes the sharing of research/resource guides.  Since Veterans’ Day was last week,  I’ll share some guides for veterans. The Connecticut State Library has a Service to Veterans and Military Families guide.  This Read More…

Learning from Failure

Earlier this semester a database demonstration went awry.  Listeners gave me topics that in no way resembled my prepared topics.  Because improvisation is not my strong suit, I let a teachable moment slip away. Even experienced searchers rarely strike gold on the first try (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016, Searching as Strategic Exploration Read More…

Dr. Rebecca Wyke Keynote Address

On October 27, University of Maine at Augusta President, Dr. Rebecca Wyke delivered the keynote address to the UPCEA conference. What follows is the full text of that speech. I’d like to talk to you about something I’m incredibly passionate about. And, as a numbers person, It’s a number. It’s a number that haunts me. Read More…