Live events, trade magazines, and information

Summer brings us many concerts, plays, and other live events.  How do professionals in these fields keep abreast of developments?  As do people in many fields, they read their trade magazines. Though peer-reviewed journals have their place, so do trade magazines.  The two source types serve different functions.   Students may encounter trade magazines in their Read More…

Media you can use

With the recent heat I couldn’t resist using a snowman image.  I also use it to make a point about information use. Once I saw a flyer with the image of Olaf, the snowman from Disney’s Frozen.Disney generally protects its copyright.  Stanford University’s Fair Use Project even spliced together Disney footage to make a point about Read More…

Home movies and the value of information

Last summer I had some 8 mm. home movies digitized.  The process brought home–Pun very much intended!–how information has value. The Information has Value frame notes the “skills, time, and effort needed to produce knowledge” (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016, Information has Value section, Dispositions sub-section).  I will retain the term “knowledge” here 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.  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…

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…

Audiobook Month and info lit

Last time I discussed learning about my new phone.  One of my goals was to download audiobooks from Maine Infonet’s Download Library.  Since it is Audiobook Month, June is an ideal time to plug Maine Infonet’s Download Library and talk about audiobooks. Explore the Download Library for yourself.  There you’ll find a variety of ebooks and digital audiobooks.  Of Read More…

Negotiating the learning curve

Recently I had to upgrade my phone.  To learn about Apple products and better serve my Mac-speaking patrons I bought an iPhone.  Since I’d never owned an Apple device, I ‘ve faced a learning curve–negotiated through information. I’ve spoken with technicians in-store, Apple support staff online, and more experienced iPhone users.  As I noted in Read More…

Keep asking questions

  Commencement speeches often remind us to keep learning.  While I admire the sentiment, how do we keep it from becoming a cliché?  I found one possible answer in a book about questions. Make just one change outlines a system for students to develop their own questions.  It uses varied case studies to illustrate the Read More…