Listicle Literacy

As I write my staycation to-do lists, I think of how listicles play a large role in blogging culture.  According to Wikipedia, a listicle “uses a list as its thematic structure, but is fleshed out with sufficient copy to be published as an article” (Listicle, 2018, para. 1).  Examples include my 2018 Top  Articles post. Read More…

Info lit and International Zine Month

July is International Zine Month.  What are zines in the first place?  Vassar College Libraries (2019) describe them as “a DIY, self-published medium, incorporating voices and narratives frequently absent from more traditional publishing venues (What’s a Zine section).” How do they relate to information literacy?   The ACRL Framework includes informal channels for distributing information (Association Read More…

Series Reading and Info Lit

Do you enjoy the novels in a given series?  If so, you may be enjoying some info lit lessons. For example I followed Daughtry family series by Kasey Michaels.  Since each novel has one family member as a central character, the reader sees the overall story arc through multiple lenses.  Most romance novels–these stories included–alternate 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…

ACRL New England Conference 2019: Opening Doors for Each Other

On May 6 I attended the Association of College & Research Libraries New England Chapter conference. The theme was Opening Doors for Each Other. Indeed the sessions spoke to the value of collaboration. My first session concerned a cross-institutional learning community. The initial planners sought partners who were geographically close and could meet consistently. Though Read More…

OERs: Textbooks and more

On April 26 I attended a day long workshop on open educational resources (OERs).  Though high textbook costs are an important driver in the OER movement, OERs go beyond low-cost textbooks. Morning speaker Marilyn Billings (UMass Amherst) mentioned the 5 Rs of the open movement: reuse, revise, remix, redistribute, retain.  Afternoon speaker Karen Cangialosi (Keen Read More…

World Book Night 2019: Poetry Chapbooks

    How do we honor both National Poetry Month and World Book Night (April 23) in a single post?  Let’s honor the poetry chapbook. The American Heritage Dictionary (2016) defines a chapbook as “a small book or pamphlet containing poems, ballads, stories, or religious tracts.”  (Chapbook, 2016).  Chapmen were the door-to-door peddlers who originally sold them (Chapmen, Read More…

National Library Week (April 7-13)

National Library Week has the theme Libraries=Strong Communities.  How does an academic library help strengthen its community?  More specifically how does a library contribute to student learning?  As a profession we librarians are exploring this question. We can assess our instruction in a one-shot session.  We can measure the effectiveness of a flipped model, for Read More…