Contextual info lit

Last week I ended the post with a reference to the K-12 context.  The theme of context also came up in a recent webinar (Hinchliffe & Brown, 2016). Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and Karen Brown (Dominican University) discussed collaborative team-based assessment.  They described how a collaborative assessment project requires: Team members Read More…

Space for Collaboration

Image from wordle.net On May 8  ACRL’s New England Chapter held its annual conference, “Spacing Out with the Library.”  Both keynote speakers discussed the role of space in fostering collaboration.  Marie Sorensen (Sorensen Partners | Architects + Planners, Inc.) focused on physical space, while David Weinberger (Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University) focused Read More…

The possibilities of collaboration

Image from the American Library Association National Library Week (April 12-18) will soon be here.  This year’s theme is unlimited possibilities.  What could the theme mean for colleges and their libraries? Possibilities abound in terms of curricular collaborations.  Lippincott (2015) describes librarians and instructors working together not only in freshman comp, but also in upper-level Read More…

Not a solo act

Image from wordle.net As group work becomes more common in our classrooms, how do we support team projects?  One way is to educate ourselves about the collaborative features and limitations of some common tools. I started practicing with the Comments and Track Changes features of Microsoft Word.  Thanks to Student Assistant Sonya Clifford for her Read More…

Mutual benefit

Image By liftarn (http://openclipart.org/media/files/liftarn/2604) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons As I was preparing last week’s post, I listened to a webinar that touched upon a theme from the last two SSL Boot Camp presentations. In their session Barbara Esty and Kevin Garewal (Baker Library, Harvard Business School) discussed legal and ethical limitations to data mining.  Read More…

New info lit framework

Image from freeimages.co.uk Often I have mentioned the ACRL Standards (2000) in these posts.  Last month the Association of College & Research Libraries released the initial draft of a new information literacy framework (2014). As useful a starting point as the Standards were, the new framework includes some important concepts they did not address.  These Read More…

A case for collaboration

I went to the New England Library Association conference on October 21.  A common thread ran through all of the sessions I attended: collaboration among libraries makes things happen. BYOD: Supporting patrons’ devices in the library Panelists– Amy Andreasson (Eldredge Public Library; Chatham, MA), Dean Baumeister (Memorial Hall Library; Andover, MA), Mat Bose (Hooksett, NH Read More…

Never too early

Image from www.freeimages.co.uk The Lewiston-Auburn College has an undergraduate capstone course known as Senior Seminar (Senior Sem).  There I can reach the greatest number of students at an important moment in their USM careers.  Already I’m preparing for the fall sections. Since I had worked with one of the instructors before, she wisely had us Read More…

Back from boot camp

Image from Knar Bedian (hyekab25): Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/hyekab25/5635908167, and used according to a Creative Commons Attribution License Last year I attended the annual Social Sciences Librarians Boot Camp (Tufts University).  This year’s event has helped me ask various questions of data. The opening panelists questioned the data used in responding to extreme adversities– economic downturns, Read More…

Info lit beyond the words

Image from http://www.freeimages.co.uk On May 10 the Association of College & Research Libraries New England chapter held its annual conference.  From Worcester, MA it streamed the keynote address and selected breakout sessions to remote sites.  I attended the virtual conference at Bates College in Lewiston.  Here were the highlights: Keynote Address Lynn Sutton highlighted exciting Read More…