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…

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…

Summer productivity preview

  Are you already thinking about your summer academic projects?  The Chronicle of Higher Education has a helpful article on summer research productivity (“How to,” 2017).  The Chronicle compiled tips from faculty at various institutions.  After all our colleagues can be valuable sources of information.  The ACRL Framework notes the “increasingly social nature of the Read More…

Transitioning to College Research

On October 4 the Texas State Library & Archives Commission hosted a webinar on preparing high school students for college-level research. The three panelists are doing some powerful work in this regard. Lisa Hernandez (Pharr-San Juan-Alamo College, Career & Technology Academy) discussed the E-Research Plan Portfolio she’d developed after attending the University of Texas Libraries Read More…

Profiles for our own info lit

The USM Libraries collect homegrown scholarship on the Digital Commons.  An important companion to this site is the Selected Works Gallery. As a type of profile a Selected Works page can make your work known to visitors (bepress, 2016).  Since the video does not specify a category of visitors, it raises the question of potential Read More…

Survey pitfalls and info lit

  I have been auditing a research methods class.  Overall the course has been a good refresher on how to evaluate research.  Since they are plentiful, especially during an election year, I’ll focus on polls and surveys. The class covered the major pitfalls common to survey research.   For instance non-random samples can mean unequal representation. Read More…

Maine Larger Libraries Day 2016

  We share feelings and information through stories.  At Maine Larger Libraries Day on June 10, James LaRue (The American Library Association) encouraged us listeners to tap into the power of library stories. Since these stories concern how libraries transform lives, we start by listening to our users’ life needs.  For example Larue’s librarians interviewed local Read More…

SSL Boot Camp Part 2

  Between the morning sessions was an informal discussion on, among other topics, finding data sets.  The afternoon sessions addressed this issue. Crystal Orjiako (Bureau of Labor Statistics) introduced us participants to BLS resources.  I found the American Time Use Survey and the Beyond the Numbers publication most interesting.  Overall the site has plentiful information Read More…

SSL Boot Camp Part 1

The Social Science Librarians Boot Camp remains the highlight of my conference-going year.  As usual the morning featured two research panels. The first panel dealt with urban data.  In different ways both panelists raised questions of data quality.  Catherine D’Ignazio (Emerson College) started with an important question: why does urban data matter in the first Read More…

UMS Faculty Institute Part 2

  Last week I wrote about the UMaine System Faculty Institute keynotes.  Now the sessions deserve some attention.  Certain themes emerged across them: Intercampus Collaboration The first session (on virtual, multidisciplinary service learning) showcased a  project spanning multiple courses from different UMS campuses.  Intercampus collaboration also came up in the second and third sessions (on Read More…