Meet the Military & Government Collection

  Image by Ron Cogswell: Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/22711505@N05/7818500462/ and used according to a Creative Commons Attribution License Today finds us between Election Day and Veterans’ Day.  This is a perfect time to look more closely at the Military & Government Collection.  Though the database name is self-explanatory, sample searches tell a fuller story. In the Read More…

Preserving our treasures

Image from http://www.freeimages.co.uk The Society of American Archivists observes May Day by drawing attention to disaster preparedness for archives.  Though May Day was weeks ago, disaster preparedness remains a timely issue in light of recent tragedies. We can also honor the day-to-day work of archives and special collections in preserving our culture.  In that light Read More…

Image tricks and treats

When I chose the above image for this post, I thought of how I choose images on a weekly basis.  Choosing legally usable images is a given.  How else do I choose? Though I could probably do so legally–as long as the people are in a public space and not the focus of the picture Read More…

Technology, curiosity, information literacy

Image from http://www.freeimages.co.uk/ This past Tuesday (Oct. 16) was Ada Lovelace Day.  Who was Ada Lovelace, and what does her story have to do with information literacy? Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (1815-1852), was a British mathematician who worked with the instruction sequences for Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, a prototype computer.  Because of this Read More…

Learning about Digital Learning Materials

Image courtesy of  http://www.freeimages.co.uk/ On August 9 instructional design librarian John Shank (Penn State Berks) talked about digital learning materials (DLMs).  At the risk of oversimplification DLMs are web-based, interactive multimedia items designed to meet specific learning objectives.  Examples include games, simulations, and tutorials. They can engage students and reinforce learning.  A quality DLM needs Read More…