Building academic communities

Image courtesy of the American Library Association National Library Week begins this coming Sunday.  Since librarianship is a highly collaborative field, I salute my fellow librarians: I am honored to share ideas with you on a daily basis.  I also salute you, my non-librarian readers.  After all, we librarians are here to work with you.  Read More…

Not only about the technology, part four

Image from http://www.freeimages.co.uk/ The Sloan-C conference highlighted innovative uses of technology, but the technology served a larger purpose.  The last session brought home the point that the innovations were not only about the technology. USM’s Maureen Ebben, Julien Murphy, and Glenn Wilson spoke of a productive discussion among their respective media studies, philosophy, and computer Read More…

Not only about the technology, part one

  Last Friday I attended the 3rd New England Regional Sloan-C Conference.  Though the conference dealt with technology, it was not only about technology. Scott Voisine (University of Maine at Fort Kent) described the HIRE Education partnership between UMFK and MSAD 27 Adult & Community Education.  In this relationship k-12 schooling, adult education, and higher Read More…

Info lit as professional learning, part 1

Image from http://www.freeimages.co.uk/ Since information literacy goes with lifelong learning (ACRL, 2000), Employee Learning Week (December 5-9) merits two posts.  This week let’s look at professional learning needs. Carnell (as cited in Carnell & Lodge, 2002) highlight four approaches to professional development: didactic, empowering, co-operative, and community.  Both the didactic approach and the empowering approach  Read More…

A reminder before fall

Image courtesy of  http://www.freeimages.co.uk/ As you prepare for fall classes, don’t forget about the libraries in your plans.  We librarians are always happy to visit your classes, but we can also help you and your students in other ways. We can create course guides to meet specific goals.  They can supplement a librarian visit or Read More…

Profiles in Collaboration Four

Word cloud created at http://www.wordle.net On May 13 I attended the Association of College & Research Libraries New England Chapter conference.  Collaboration was even a formal theme of this event, “Creative collaborations: Remake, remix, remodel.” Though the opening keynote speaker, Dr. Mark Rice (Worcester Polytechnic Institute School of Business), emphasized the creative aspect of the Read More…

Profiles in Collaboration Three

Word cloud created at http://www.wordle.net On November 4, 2010 and again on December 2, 2010 I showcased particular librarian/faculty information literacy collaborations.  This time I would like to discuss a day full of  different types of collaborations.  April 15 marked the 3rd Annual Maine Academic Libraries Day.  This year the event took place at Colby Read More…

Profiles in Collaboration Two

Word cloud created at http://www.wordle.net On November 4 I posted the inaugural Profile in Collaboration and invited you to share yours.  Tim Lynch, Reference Librarian, kindly shared the following: Over several years, Tim Lynch, USM reference Librarian, and Karen Day, Lecturer in Adult and Higher Education, have cultivated a professional relationship that serves students taking Read More…

Profiles in Collaboration One

Word cloud created at http://www.wordle.net Instead of mentioning our librarians’ willingness to collaborate with you, I’ll share one real-life example of such a partnership.  This one features the Lewiston-Auburn College’s Library Director Evelyn Greenlaw and Social & Behavioral Sciences Professor Jan Hitchcock. In the Spring 2007 semester Hitchcock and Greenlaw co-taught LCC 200, Creative Critical Read More…