Info Lit and Student Journeys

My work with capstone students has made me think of the student journey.  More accurately I think of the levels to the journey. The first is probably the most obvious one.  How do we support students from their first course to graduation–especially when their first USM course is not their first course overall?  Sandelli (2017) Read More…

Fake News and transparency

I’m recommending a webinar recording about fake news. This presentation distinguishes itself from some others on the subject in a few important ways. Firstly presenter Dr. Adam Blackwell (ProQuest) makes an effort to define fake news. Allcott & Gentzkow (2017) describe producers of fake news as valuing neither accuracy nor their long-term reputation. Blackwell uses Read More…

Practical browsing

  At the start of spring semester I mentioned a new resource called BrowZine.  In case BrowZine is still new to you, here’s a reminder. BrowZine is a visually interesting way to browse journals.  Serendipity has its place in research (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016, Searching as Strategic Exploration section, Dispositions subsection), and Read More…

Podcasts and the Information Landscape

While I was watching a favorite Masterpiece! series, I learned about the Masterpiece Studio podcast.  Then I learned about the Circulating Ideas podcast through one of my professional lists.  What do the experiences say about information literacy? I learned about my chosen podcasts in context, in my recreational setting and my work setting respectively.  Information is Read More…

Welcome Back Fall 2017

Welcome back, everyone! I hope the summer has treated you well.  I welcome our new faculty as well. As always we librarians are happy to visit your classes.  The visit need not be lengthy or during the first week of class: It need not be singular.  We can tailor a visit or set of visits 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 subsection).  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…