Thankful for different source types

As holidays go, Thanksgiving gets overlooked.  In our fondness for scholarly journal articles, do we overlook other information sources? For example do we pay enough attention to trade magazines or professional association newsletters?  Students will use such sources in their working lives: Shouldn’t they encounter some during their college careers? Likewise government information would serve Read More…

Scary genres and info lit

Some librarians are taking part in an All Hallow’s Read book swap.  When participants sign up, they list their favorite scary genre and/or scary elements.  If our giftee likes a genre less familiar to us, we learn a little about it.  After all, how can we recognize a genre we haven’t encountered before?  We can Read More…

Food safety and Information Literacy

  However we celebrate July 4, food will play a role in our festivities.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s  Food Safety Page has  tips for safe food handling. Scientists publish studies about food safety.    For example Gogou, Katsaros, Derens, Alvarez, and Taokis (2015) look at temperature control as food gets to Read More…

Best of 2018, Part 2

Here are the remaining five picks for 2018: Lambe, A., Anthoney, F., & Shaw, J. (2018). One door closes, another opens: Surviving and thriving through organizational restructure by ensuring knowledge continuity. Business Information Review, 35(4), 145–153. doi: 10.1177/0266382118802651 Part of information literacy is using information effectively, and an organization can’t do so if the information Read More…

Best of 2018, Part 1

Image Credit: Imama Lavi, from pexels.com As the year draws to a close, I’ll continue my tradition of sharing ten favorite articles of 2018.  Here are the first five in alphabetical order by author: Bonnet, J. L., Herakova, L., & McAlexander, B. (2018). Play on? Comparing active learning techniques for information literacy instruction in the Read More…

Why information containers matter

Though I chiefly use APA style, I’ve brushed up on MLA format.  In MLA style the container, such as a specific DVD or DVD set, matters greatly.  Why does it matter? The Information Creation as a Process frame acknowledges that information–including a TV episode–can be packaged and disseminated in different ways (Association of College & Read More…

Vintage Recipes and Information Sharing

October was American Archives Month, and Thanksgiving is coming.  Why don’t we bring the two themes together with vintage recipes? USM’s Franco-American Collection has recipes in a range of formats: formally published cookbooks, Church/community cookbooks, handwritten recipes, and notebooks of  recipe clippings.  These formats show the varied ways in which information–in this case, recipes–can be Read More…

Cyber Security and Information Literacy

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.  Issues of information privacy and security can be seen in the ACRL Framework. The Introduction notes the need to monitor the changing information landscape and use information ethically (Association of College and Research Libraries, 2016).  Privacy concerns are part of the information landscape, and honoring another’s privacy is Read More…