Cool collection development tools

We librarians always appreciate your help in building the collection.  Now we are helping you help us in these efforts. For starters many of the subject guides contain links to publisher catalogs.  The library also has access to the popular selection tool Choice Reviews Online. Finally, an online form allows you to submit a request Read More…

Helpful Hints and Lifelong Learning

On November 12 USM’s own Betty Robinson and Bernice Conklin-Powers presented a webcast entitled “Do what we say (now) not what we did (then): Information for those new to the scene.”   There they shared insights gained as they had transferred courses to online or blended format. Some of the ideas were overall statements of good Read More…

Putting the Learning in Online Learning

On October 30 USM co-hosted the New England Regional Sloan-C Conference.  The gathering brought together educators concerned with the quality of online education.  The attention to quality particularly struck me (Maureen Perry) in two of the presentations. Michael Davis  (Pathfinder Consulting) described a learning module approach to course design.  Instead of having a confusing array Read More…

Firsthand Inspiration Close at Hand

If you or your students need ideas for a research project or creative work, inspiration may be closer than you realize.  USM has special collections of rare primary source materials in a variety of formats: photgraphs, texts, recordings, ephemera, etc. At the Glickman Library (Portland Campus) you’ll find a General Rare Books & Manuscripts Collection, Read More…

Many Delicious Uses for One Tool

You may use bookmarks to keep favorite websites close at hand, but you can only access these bookmarks on a particular computer.  Delicious allows you to organize and access bookmarks from any computer. If your students need to find and share websites in a course, you can create an account for that course.  Dordt College’s Read More…

Homegrown Tutorials

The USM Libraries link to useful tutorials created at other libraries.  You can find many of these resources in the subject guides . Our own staff creates tutorials as well.  The “Tutorials. . .In 3 Minutes” series is one example of these homegrown resources.  Another example is the Finding Aid Help instructional video for the Read More…

Hidden treasuries

If you or your students need ideas for projects, you can look at these electronic reference collections: CredoReference Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) Oxford Reference Online Each one contains resources on a variety of topics.  Each one is useful for collecting background information. For CredoReference and GVRL go to the Subject Guides page.  Then go Read More…

An educational YouTube and more

You know about YouTube, but have you looked at YouTube EDU?  This YouTube subset  features videos from a variety of colleges and universities. Of course YouTube EDU is not the only source for online educational videos.  Explore these sites: Academic Earth Moving Image Archive Research Channel These are just a few examples, but they can Read More…

Keeping in (APA) style

You may have heard about APA Style Manual’s 6th edition, but did you know that the APA website has a tutorial highlighting what’s new in this edition?  You can view this tutorial here.  Of course you can also look at the manual itself: the libraries have copies.  Either way you’ll be in the latest style–APA Read More…

Not your ordinary reminder

The fall semester is nearly upon us.  Instead of offering the usual reminder about scheduling library instruction, let us clear up a few possible misconceptions surrounding library instruction. MYTH 1: A library instruction session takes an hour of your valuable class time. FACT 1: Your class time is indeed valuable, but you can schedule shorter, Read More…