Social Science Librarians’ Boot Camp 2018

  The eighth annual Social Science Librarians’ Boot Camp took place on June 1.  Dr. Claire Wardle (Harvard Kennedy School) talked about First Draft,  which fights misinformation by conducting research, training journalists, and more.  Eric Huntley (MIT) talked about data visualization, especially around climate change data.  Both speakers mentioned the importance of local context–either fostering Read More…

University College Faculty Institute 2018

Another week brought another conference, the University College  Faculty Institute.  This year’s theme, Access+Success, came through in each session. Early bird presenters Sarah Lucchesi (University of Southern Maine) and Stacey Brownlie (Off-campus Library Services) explored–with audience participation–what adult students need for research success.  In her keynote Rena Palloff, PhD spoke of how learning communities contribute to Read More…

Association of College and Research Libraries Roadshow

On May 11  ACRL’s  Roadshow came to town.   Anali Perry (Arizona State University) and Rachael Samberg (UC Berkeley) helped us participants unpack the seemingly obvious idea of scholarly communication. We considered the different stakeholders involved in the process.  To think of the scholars we most often serve, we developed personae representing them.  Since I couldn’t Read More…

Conference self-care and information sharing

In February I posted about self-care.  In April I posted about conference keynotes.  This week I’ll combine the two themes: How do we take care of ourselves–in body mind, or spirit–at conferences? At a conference Richards (2014) asked a similar question to a group of nursing leaders.  The nurses shared their thoughts.  Then she shared Read More…

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…