Keep asking questions

  Commencement speeches often remind us to keep learning.  While I admire the sentiment, how do we keep it from becoming a cliché?  I found one possible answer in a book about questions. Make just one change outlines a system for students to develop their own questions.  It uses varied case studies to illustrate the Read More…

To the information literate student

Image By David Goehring from San Francisco, CA, USA (Graduation Cake Guy) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons Graduation brings to mind lifelong learning.  Lifelong learning brings to mind the phrase “information literate student” from the ACRL Standards (2000).  I had problems with this term.  Now the time has come to rehabilitate it. Let’s Read More…

The commencement of lifelong learning

Image from freeimages.co.uk Commencement was a wonderful reminder of why we do what we do!  To borrow the cliché our graduates are starting on a new learning path.  Let us renew our commitment to lifelong learning as well.  How do we model lifelong learning for our next group of students?  I’ve started to assemble some Read More…

Preparing a graduation poem

Image from http://www.freeimages.co.uk A few weeks ago I mentioned my latest poem, a piece based on some words from Pasteur.  This piece has called for preparation–and information. As I described, I went to the original speech which features the quotation.  I read French, but it is not technically my first language (I learned it at Read More…

Quotes for your commencement speech

Image from http://www.freeimages.co.uk With commencements come commencement speeches.  With commencement speeches come the inspirational quotes.  If you’ve been invited to give a speech, Google (used judiciously–of course) is a handy tool, but don’t forget about the library’s quotation resources: Oxford Reference Online contains quotation books. You can type in a known quote.  Alternately you can Read More…

Lifelong learning after graduation

Image from http://www.freeimages.co.uk/ As graduation approaches, I’d like to remind out soon-to-be alumni about library privileges that they will continue to have.  The alumni card allows for in-library borrowing, as well as  URSUS or MaineCat requests.   With the card alumni can also print from library computers and photocopy.  Check here for more information. Though the Read More…