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…

Novices and Experts

This semester I’m taking an online course.  As I learn content, I’m learning once more to see things from the student’s perspective.   An expert in one field can be a novice in another, so we can take opportunities to be a novice. On the flipside novices in one realm can be experts in another (Foasberg, Read More…

The Seventh Annual Savvies

The InfoSavvy movie awards are upon us once again.  This year’s Savvies go to: 9 to 5 (1980). Dir. Colin Higgins, written by Patricia Resnick (story and screenplay) & Colin Higgins (screenplay). Starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, & Dolly Parton. Hidden Figures (2016). Dir. Theodore Melfi, written by Allison Schroeder  & Theodore Melfi (screenplay), based on Read More…

News Sources in the Research Process

At this point in the semester students are still doing initial research.  Though scholarly journal articles have their place, let’s give other information sources their due.  Let’s take newspaper articles, for example. News articles can inspire potential research topics.  Think of the “bug lists” that we encourage students to create. These articles can serve as Read More…

Best of 2018, Part 2

Here are the remaining five picks for 2018: Lambe, A., Anthoney, F., & Shaw, J. (2018). One door closes, another opens: Surviving and thriving through organizational restructure by ensuring knowledge continuity. Business Information Review, 35(4), 145–153. doi: 10.1177/0266382118802651 Part of information literacy is using information effectively, and an organization can’t do so if the information Read More…

Best of 2018, Part 1

Image Credit: Imama Lavi, from pexels.com As the year draws to a close, I’ll continue my tradition of sharing ten favorite articles of 2018.  Here are the first five in alphabetical order by author: Bonnet, J. L., Herakova, L., & McAlexander, B. (2018). Play on? Comparing active learning techniques for information literacy instruction in the Read More…

Why information containers matter

Though I chiefly use APA style, I’ve brushed up on MLA format.  In MLA style the container, such as a specific DVD or DVD set, matters greatly.  Why does it matter? The Information Creation as a Process frame acknowledges that information–including a TV episode–can be packaged and disseminated in different ways (Association of College & Read More…

Scheduling as Info Lit

To be more consistent I have moved from weekly posts to bi-weekly posts.  I have read up on scheduling blog posts (Danao, n.d.) and learned to schedule in WordPress.  What does this news have to do with information literacy? The Framework (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016, p. 18) mentions organizing information.  So did Read More…