Dishware and search strategy

July 4 brought to mind cookouts, which brought to mind some recent research.  I needed a baseline value for some Royal Winton corn-on-the-cob dishes.  Getting it took some strategic searching (Association of College .& Research Libraries, 2016). A keyword search yielded a similar question on an appraisal site.  Thus I picked out a person or Read More…

Museums and democracy

The National Museum of American History has opened three new exhibitions: “American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith,” “Religion in Early America,” and “Many Voices, One Nation” (Frischkorn, 2017).  These shows highlight how museums, archives, and libraries serve as sites for exploring what our democracy means.  Have a safe and happy 4th! Reference Frischkorn, K. (2017). New exhibition Read More…

My 2016 Favorites, Part 2

2016 was a great professional reading year to the very end!  One last-minute item was so exciting that I moved an entry from last week’s post to this one (to maintain alphabetical order–I have a lot of Bs this year, don’t I?). In the new order here are my last five picks: Bury, S. (2016). Learning Read More…

My 2016 Favorites, Part 1

Can we really be nearing the end of 2016?!  I’ll continue my tradition of sharing favorite professional reads of 2016.  Here are the first five, in alphabetical order: Baer, A. (2016, December 7). Critical pedagogy, critical conversations: Expanding dialogue about critical library instruction through the lens of composition and rhetoric. In the Library With the Lead Pipe. Retrieved Read More…

Scheduling as research

For many of us the Holidays bring many invitations in a short period of time.  Keeping up with them shows the Research as Inquiry frame (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2015) in action. Take any given invitation.  You start with the basic questions of date, time, and place.  Then you ask (at least to Read More…

Time savers in the kitchen and in research

To save time on camera TV chefs have many things prepared ahead by their crews.   How do we librarians save researchers time? We can show novices techniques for searching more efficiently.  These skills include using controlled vocabulary (subject headings), applying limiters, etc.  After all, strategic searching is part of information literacy (Association of College & Read More…

Search Strategy Halloween Style

Last year I developed two broad research topics from the idea of cosplay (costume play).  Let’s use another costume-related topic to explore how searching is strategic (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2015). As I mentioned in my 10/10/2013 post, I sometimes turn to thrift stores for costume pieces.  What studies have been conducted about Read More…

Some words about information

“A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both.” –James Madison, letter to W.T. Barry [ August 4, 1822] Found in Platt, S. (Ed.). (1989). Respectfully quoted: A dictionary of quotations requested from the Congressional Research Service. Washington, DC: Read More…