Diverse Voices in the Scholarly Conversation

July 4 honors our right to participate in civic conversations.  Let’s celebrate our right to take part in scholarly conversations (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016). Women Also Know History is a database of female historians, and Women Also Know Stuff is its political science counterpart.  People of Color Also Know Stuff highlights political Read More…

The Heart of Attribution

My recent posts have images from two stock photo sites: Pexels and Unsplash.  Since these sites require no attribution, we have few rules for crediting the images we use from them.  Then we think about why we attribute images. First of all we want to give the photographer credit.  Secondly we want to help our Read More…

Self Care and Strategic Searching

Valentine’s Day honors our relationships.  How do we nurture ourselves, so that we can nurture those relationships?  We can use this question to demonstrate strategic searching. Part of search strategy is finding the right initial scale of a project (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016, Searching as Strategic Exploration section, Knowledge Practices subsection).  For Read More…

The Info Lit of Quotes

As part of a Holiday gift I gave a pair of candles.  I included a slip which read, “A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.”  When I had researched the quote’s source, I found conflicting answers.  How do we manage such inconsistencies (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016, Research as Inquiry section, Knowledge Read More…

Top Ten of 2017, Part Two

Pickard, E. (2017). From barrier to bridge: Partnering with teaching faculty to facilitate a multi-term information literacy research project.  Collaborative Librarianship, 9(3), 175-182. Pickard has collaborated with a faculty member to research information literacy instruction in online classes. Though she and her partner have tweaked the instruction each semester, the article concerns the partnership itself. Read More…

Top Ten of 2017, Part One

Where has the year gone?!  Already it’s time for my top ten articles of 2017.  In alphabetical order (by first author’s name) here are the first five: Deitering, A., & Rempel, H. G. (2017). Sparking curiosity–Librarians’ role in encouraging exploration.  In the Library With the Lead Pipe. Retrieved from http://www.inthelibrarywiththeleadpipe.org/2017/sparking-curiosity/ The authors discuss different types of Read More…

Database highlights for Halloween

Halloween brings to mind skeletons, which in turn bring to mind anatomy class.    Anatomy.TV features detailed, medically accurate 3D images.  This database also has videos and animations.  It even includes quizzes and activities. Halloween brings to mind pumpkins as well.  The USM libraries have a trial to Bloomsbury Food Library .  You can look up food customs Read More…

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 (Yes, such a thing exists!).  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 Read More…