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…

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 (Concordia University) shared their experiences of thesis Read More…

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 the desired outcomes possibilities abound. Read More…

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 subscription (para. 3). What does Read More…

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 providing information services . . Read More…

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); Starring Whoopi Goldberg, Dianne Wiest, Read More…

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 conversation between the researcher and Read More…

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 unprecedented scale, which leaves little time Read More…

Info Lit and Music Videos

Jenny Ferretti (Maryland Institute College of Art) created a research guide to Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade.  The guide helps users learn more about the poetry, films, etc. that inspired the album (Ferretti, 2017). Indeed research can result in products beyond the traditional paper.  Of course papers still have a place (especially in a writing course), and Read More…