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…

The ACRL Framework Sandbox

One of the greatest strengths of the ACRL Information Literacy Framework is its big-picture orientation (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2015, Introduction section).  One of its greatest challenges is its big-picture orientation.  How can the frames play out in the real classroom?  At last the Framework for Information Literacy Sandbox (ACRL, 2016) can help Read More…

Welcome Back Spring 2017

Welcome back, everyone!  I hope the semester break treated you well.  Some interesting things are coming up for the new semester. The libraries are testing a service called BrowZine.  We have it for the next year and a half.  You can search for journal titles, but its true strength–as the name implies–is browsing.  You can Read More…

The Info Lit of Soaps

The recent vacation allowed me to watch my favorite soap operas.  Between vacations I keep up with the shows through a soap magazine.  The magazine contains story recaps, casting news, star profiles, and fan comments.  Indeed it serves an audience of fans. On the other hand an article such as “Studying Soap Operas” (Soukup, 2016) Read More…

My 2016 Favorites, Part 2

2016 was a great professional reading year to the very end!  One last-minute item was so exciting that I moved an entry from last week’s post to this one (to maintain alphabetical order–I have a lot of Bs this year, don’t I?). In the new order here are my last five picks: Bury, S. (2016). Learning Read More…

My 2016 Favorites, Part 1

Can we really be nearing the end of 2016?!  I’ll continue my tradition of sharing favorite professional reads of 2016.  Here are the first five, in alphabetical order: Baer, A. (2016, December 7). Critical pedagogy, critical conversations: Expanding dialogue about critical library instruction through the lens of composition and rhetoric. In the Library With the Lead Pipe. Retrieved Read More…

Scheduling as research

For many of us the Holidays bring many invitations in a short period of time.  Keeping up with them shows the Research as Inquiry frame (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2015) in action. Take any given invitation.  You start with the basic questions of date, time, and place.  Then you ask (at least to Read More…