World Book Night 2017: Pleasure reading and social justice

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 […]

By April 20, 2017 0 comments InfoSavvy, Library
National Library Week and Alumni

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 […]

By April 13, 2017 0 comments InfoSavvy, Library
ACRL conference, Part 2

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 […]

By April 8, 2017 0 comments InfoSavvy, Library
ACRL Conference, Part 1

ACRL Conference, Part 1

I had the privilege of attending the Association of College & Research Libraries conference in Baltimore.  Though I can’t do justice to every session, I’ll share some highlights from Thursday, March 23. In the first session Leanna Jantzi, Nicole White, Mary-Ellen Kelm (Simon Fraser University) and Andrea Cameron and Sean McLaughlin […]

By March 31, 2017 0 comments InfoSavvy, Library
Reflections on embedded librarianship

Reflections on embedded librarianship

Two weeks ago I mentioned an embedded librarianship (EL) course.  It had me thinking more deeply about certain issues. Assessment We can gain important insights from data we already collect.  We can look, for instance, at students’ sources or their search strategies.  We can use pretests and posttests.  Depending on […]

By March 16, 2017 0 comments InfoSavvy, Library
Info lit and a hybrid source

Info lit and a hybrid source

Have you heard of a bookazine?  As the name implies, it is a book/magazine hybrid.  Bookazines are formatted like magazines, though with a longer shelf-life and more niche appeal.  Sturdivant (2012) uses Mark White’s example of an empty-nester couple choosing a special Cooking for Two edition of Cooking Light over a full […]

By March 10, 2017 0 comments InfoSavvy, Library
Embedded Librarianship Defined

Embedded Librarianship Defined

I’m taking an online course on embedded librarianship.  Though I’m still in the course, it is already helping me better articulate what embedded librarianship means. Definitions vary, but Shumaker and Talley (2009) describe how embedded librarianship involves “building relationships with these groups, developing a deep understanding of their work, and […]

By March 3, 2017 0 comments InfoSavvy, Library
The Fifth Annual Savvies

The Fifth Annual Savvies

Wow, the fifth annual InfoSavvy Movie Awards are here!  To honor this milestone I have focused on comedies (with one romantic suspense movie).  This year’s Savvies go to: For Overall Film: The Associate (1996): Dir. Donald Petrie; Written by Jenaro Prieto (Book), Jean-Claude Carrière, René Gainville, & Nick Thiel (Screenplay); […]

By February 25, 2017 0 comments InfoSavvy, Library
Info Literate Notetaking

Info Literate Notetaking

While weeding out some papers I found some pages about double-entry journals.  This format uses two columns (or opposing pages).  One side is for paraphrases, quotes, or summaries from a source.  The other is for responses to those notes (Ballenger, 2007, pp. 140-148).  In other words it sets up a […]

By February 16, 2017 0 comments InfoSavvy, Library
Info Lit and Fake News

Info Lit and Fake News

Lately we’ve heard so much buzz about fake news.  As fake news has long been with us–perhaps as long as we’ve had news, let’s keep the hype in perspective.  Still, we can’t ignore the context in which we currently share news. Social media allow us to share news on an […]

By February 9, 2017 0 comments InfoSavvy, Library