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…

UMS Faculty Institute Part 1

  Usually a conference has a keynote speech.  The UMaine System Faculty Institute (May 20) had two extraordinary keynotes. The first speaker, Dr. Lodge McCammon, showed his one-take video technique in action.  As the name implies, he records short lecture videos in a single take.  Then he shows the videos in class, as he makes Read More…

“Real world” Research and Info Lit

On Tuesday I listened to a webinar (Linacre, Krajewski, & Bell, 2016) on communicating research to laypeople.  This topic got my attention for two major reasons. First of all information literacy deals very much with issues of audience (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2015).  The Authority is Constructed and Contextual frame invites us to question Read More…

Personal learning goals and info lit

Sara White (2016) outlines three steps toward setting personal learning goals: Identifying what most excites you in your current position Choosing strengths you wish to enhance or gaps you wish to address Finding ways to meet those goals. She describes these steps in further detail, and I highly recommend the article, as it speaks to our Read More…