Maine Academic Libraries Day 2017

June 15 brought us this year’s Maine Academic Libraries Day.  Margarita Noriega’s keynote speech highlighted some useful resources and drew thoughtful questions from the audience. Nancy Lewis, Amber Gray, Grace Liu, and Jen Bonnet (University of Maine) showcased four initiatives at the Fogler Library : a student book club, a faculty “Books in my Life” Read More…

ACRL conference, Part 2

My first full day at ACRL was full in every sense of the word.  My second day was equally full. Kaijsa Calkins and Rick Fisher (University of Wyoming) looked at course syllabi.  They also interviewed faculty to learn more about how they see research and student researchers.  Such research can spark conversations around how writing, thinking, Read More…

ACRL Conference, Part 1

I had the privilege of attending the Association of College & Research Libraries conference in Baltimore.  Though I can’t do justice to every session, I’ll share some highlights from Thursday, March 23. In the first session Leanna Jantzi, Nicole White, Mary-Ellen Kelm (Simon Fraser University) and Andrea Cameron and Sean McLaughlin (Concordia University) shared their experiences of thesis Read More…

Maine Larger Libraries Day 2016

  We share feelings and information through stories.  At Maine Larger Libraries Day on June 10, James LaRue (The American Library Association) encouraged us listeners to tap into the power of library stories. Since these stories concern how libraries transform lives, we start by listening to our users’ life needs.  For example Larue’s librarians interviewed local Read More…

SSL Boot Camp Part 2

  Between the morning sessions was an informal discussion on, among other topics, finding data sets.  The afternoon sessions addressed this issue. Crystal Orjiako (Bureau of Labor Statistics) introduced us participants to BLS resources.  I found the American Time Use Survey and the Beyond the Numbers publication most interesting.  Overall the site has plentiful information Read More…

SSL Boot Camp Part 1

The Social Science Librarians Boot Camp remains the highlight of my conference-going year.  As usual the morning featured two research panels. The first panel dealt with urban data.  In different ways both panelists raised questions of data quality.  Catherine D’Ignazio (Emerson College) started with an important question: why does urban data matter in the first Read More…

UMS Faculty Institute Part 2

  Last week I wrote about the UMaine System Faculty Institute keynotes.  Now the sessions deserve some attention.  Certain themes emerged across them: Intercampus Collaboration The first session (on virtual, multidisciplinary service learning) showcased a  project spanning multiple courses from different UMS campuses.  Intercampus collaboration also came up in the second and third sessions (on Read More…

UMS Faculty Institute Part 1

  Usually a conference has a keynote speech.  The UMaine System Faculty Institute (May 20) had two extraordinary keynotes. The first speaker, Dr. Lodge McCammon, showed his one-take video technique in action.  As the name implies, he records short lecture videos in a single take.  Then he shows the videos in class, as he makes Read More…

An afternoon with librarians

Image by John George Sowerby (1850–1914) and Henry Hetherington Emmerson (1831–1895) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons The other week I posted about my morning at Maine Academic Libraries Day.  After lunch how did I spend my afternoon there? Karen Gillum (Colby College) gave us attendees a tour of her research guides.  The design was grounded Read More…

Customer service–by whatever name

Image by WiNG (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons Maine Academic Libraries Day (June 16) concerned the customer experience.  Though I can’t do justice to the morning program, I can give you the highlights. Keynote speaker Kelly McDonald (McDonald Marketing) spoke of understanding our customers’ lives and tailoring our services accordingly.  To Read More…