Self Care and Strategic Searching

Valentine’s Day honors our relationships.  How do we nurture ourselves, so that we can nurture those relationships?  We can use this question to demonstrate strategic searching. Part of search strategy is finding the right initial scale of a project (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016, Searching as Strategic Exploration section, Knowledge Practices subsection).  For Read More…

Metaliteracies and Useful Conversations

We librarians bandy about the term “information literacy.”  How does it relate to other literacies, though, and why does this question matter? Mackey and Jacobson (2011) relate information literacy to such concepts as media literacy, cyberliteracy, visual literacy, and information fluency.   This discussion can spark conversations between librarians and subject faculty.  What literacies do we Read More…

Welcome Back Spring 2018

We librarians welcome you back to the new semester.  We hope you had a safe, pleasant winter session. As always we’re ready to visit your classes.  The visit can be at time of greatest need.   We can still create customized research guides as well. Please remind your students to make sure that their USM cards Read More…

Managing emails, managing information

Did you make New Year’s resolutions?  If so, was one of them to be more organized?  Here are some resources for organizing your emails: http://www.43folders.com/izero http://content.reviveyourinbox.com/04-how-to-organize-your-email-inbox.html https://www.fastcompany.com/3067012/the-only-five-email-folders-your-inbox-will-ever-need The ACRL’s Research as Inquiry frame lists “organizing information in meaningful ways (emphasis mine)” as a knowledge practice (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016).  While one–or any–of Read More…

The Info Lit of Quotes

As part of a Holiday gift I gave a pair of candles.  I included a slip which read, “A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.”  When I had researched the quote’s source, I found conflicting answers.  How do we manage such inconsistencies (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016, Research as Inquiry section, Knowledge Read More…

Top Ten of 2017, Part Two

Pickard, E. (2017). From barrier to bridge: Partnering with teaching faculty to facilitate a multi-term information literacy research project.  Collaborative Librarianship, 9(3), 175-182. Pickard has collaborated with a faculty member to research information literacy instruction in online classes. Though she and her partner have tweaked the instruction each semester, the article concerns the partnership itself. Read More…

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…