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, […]

By August 20, 2009 Comments are Disabled InfoSavvy

Current technologies, timeless insights

On June 5, 2009, the USM Libraries hosted the NELIG (New England Library Instruction Group) Annual Program, Tapping into Learning Environments of the Future.  While speakers indeed used new technologies, the technology did not eclipse the solid insights on student learning.  Two particular examples come to mind. Keynote speaker Donald […]

By July 17, 2009 Comments are Disabled InfoSavvy

A distance education book worth examining closely

Beck, E., & Greive, D. (2005). Going the distance: A handbook for part-time & adjunct faculty who teach online. Ann Arbor, MI: Adjunct Advocate, Inc. Those of you developing online classes may find this book extremely useful.  Despite its title it addresses online instructional issues that concern all faculty.  The […]

By July 1, 2009 Comments are Disabled InfoSavvy

MERLOT: Discover it, rediscover it

If you’ve never heard about MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching), it is a collection of peer-reviewed online learning materials from many disciplines.  Even if you have heard of it, did you know that contributors are regularly adding new materials to it? Developed by the California State […]

By June 24, 2009 Comments are Disabled InfoSavvy

Sharing the learning: WILU 2009

In the interest of modeling lifelong learning I (Maureen Perry) am sharing what I have learned at the 2009 WILU (Workshop on Instruction in Library Use).  Since I already have a professional development blog, Bridges, you can catch my conference posts there.  Please feel free to ask questions via comments […]

By June 8, 2009 Comments are Disabled InfoSavvy

Talk Back!

Did you know that you can offer us librarians feedback about our subject guides and course guides?  In fact we welcome your feedback! Did you know that you can offer this feedback directly from within any guide?  Look at the box with the content you wish to address.  At the […]

By May 12, 2009 Comments are Disabled InfoSavvy

Google Docs, Part 2: Why not use it?

My last post covered the most suitable uses for  Google Docs .  This time let’s discuss the least suitable uses for it. While Google Docs has many options (for ex. most of the popular fonts), it has somewhat fewer options than does standard word processing.  The same observation applies to […]

By May 1, 2009 Comments are Disabled InfoSavvy

Google Docs, Part 1: Why use it?

I will begin this series with a disclaimer: I am not formally endorsing Google.  Nonetheless I would like to draw attention to a potentially useful tool, Google Docs. If  you are collaborating on a document and using a standard word processing program, the process usually involves an exchange of numerous […]

By April 23, 2009 Comments are Disabled InfoSavvy

Pecha Kucha: PowerPoint made Cooler

Many of us have sat through boring PowerPoint presentations.  Pecha Kucha (from a Japanese term for the sound of chitchat)* offers a solution to the problem. Devised by architects Mark Dytham and Astrid Klein, the Pecha Kucha format allows each presenter 20 slides: the presenter has 20 seconds per slide.  […]

By April 2, 2009 Comments are Disabled InfoSavvy

Concept Mapping Made Collaborative

Do you draw concept maps to brainstorm ideas?  If so, you might appreciate Mindmeister.  What truly sets Mindmeister apart from other concept mapping sites is its interactivity.  With Mindmeister you can collaborate on maps and share them in different formats.  Check it out at

By April 2, 2009 Comments are Disabled InfoSavvy