Social Science Librarians’ Boot Camp 2018

  The eighth annual Social Science Librarians’ Boot Camp took place on June 1.  Dr. Claire Wardle (Harvard Kennedy School) talked about First Draft,  which fights misinformation by conducting research, training journalists, and more.  Eric Huntley (MIT) talked about data visualization, especially around climate change data.  Both speakers mentioned the importance of local context–either fostering Read More…

University College Faculty Institute 2018

Another week brought another conference, the University College  Faculty Institute.  This year’s theme, Access+Success, came through in each session. Early bird presenters Sarah Lucchesi (University of Southern Maine) and Stacey Brownlie (Off-campus Library Services) explored–with audience participation–what adult students need for research success.  In her keynote Rena Palloff, PhD spoke of how learning communities contribute to Read More…

Association of College and Research Libraries Roadshow

On May 11  ACRL’s  Roadshow came to town.   Anali Perry (Arizona State University) and Rachael Samberg (UC Berkeley) helped us participants unpack the seemingly obvious idea of scholarly communication. We considered the different stakeholders involved in the process.  To think of the scholars we most often serve, we developed personae representing them.  Since I couldn’t Read More…

Conference self-care and information sharing

In February I posted about self-care.  In April I posted about conference keynotes.  This week I’ll combine the two themes: How do we take care of ourselves–in body mind, or spirit–at conferences? At a conference Richards (2014) asked a similar question to a group of nursing leaders.  The nurses shared their thoughts.  Then she shared Read More…

Personal archiving and info lit

The District of Columbia Public Library has a Memory Lab, where people can save outdated media into newer formats and organize the files (Hazlett, 2018).  The ACRL Framework mentions the knowledge practice of organizing information “in meaningful ways” (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016, Research as Inquiry section). The emphasis above is mine and Read More…

Info Lit and Occasional Verse for Commencement

Information literacy places an individual’s information use in a larger social context (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016, Introduction).  Likewise, occasional verse sets one poet’s craft to a larger social purpose.  The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics describes this public function (Miner, Smith, & Brogan, 2012, para. 1). Several years ago I attempted a graduation Read More…

World Book Night 2018: Fact Meets Fiction

Sometimes fiction on a topic can complement more factual sources.  As Baildon (2018) notes, “Those (voices) excluded from higher education can often be found in fiction, music, or other cultural expression” (p. 178).  The ACRL Framework calls us to listen to such voices (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016, Scholarship as Conversation Section). How Read More…

Keynote speeches and Info lit

Will you be attending conferences in the near future?  If so you will probably listen to keynote addresses.  My favorite keynotes had a few things in common. First of all the speeches were relatively brief.  This concern is important at national conferences, where people either have just arrived (for an opening keynote) or have planes Read More…

National Library Week 2018: Libraries Lead

National Library Week (April 8-14) has the theme of Libraries Lead.  What does this theme mean, when even leadership scholars have a hard time defining leadership (de Haan, 2016, pp. 506-507)? De Haan and Kasozi describe leadership as “a process that is devoted to enhancing an organization’s effectiveness” (as cited in de Haan, 2016, p. Read More…