New info lit framework

Image from freeimages.co.uk Often I have mentioned the ACRL Standards (2000) in these posts.  Last month the Association of College & Research Libraries released the initial draft of a new information literacy framework (2014). As useful a starting point as the Standards were, the new framework includes some important concepts they did not address.  These Read More…

Wikipedia–A tool like any other

Image from Giulia Forsythe: Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/gforsythe/8174197748/ and used according to a Creative Commons Attribution License Have you ever read an article that put words to something you’ve been trying to say?  I came upon one: Calhoun, C. (2014). Using Wikipedia in information literacy instruction: Tips for developing research skills. College & Research Libraries News, Read More…

InfoSavvy costuming

Are you thinking about your Halloween costume?  Here are some resources for costume ideas: Gale Virtual Reference Library This tool includes the Encyclopedia of Clothing & Fashion, as well as the American Decades series (for each era’s fashion trends).  I’d recommend these for people who already have an idea but want to flesh it out. Read More…

Re-experiencing the research topic

Earlier I mentioned my work with the Lewiston-Auburn College (LAC) undergrad capstone course.  Since I wanted a better sense of what the students were doing, I thought I would develop my own Senior Seminar topic.  I have renewed appreciation for the student experience of topic formation. Each section of Senior Sem focuses on one of Read More…

A solid foundation

Image from http://support.refworkscos.com In the past I would mention citation managers later in the semester.  Now I think we should introduce them early. To define what a citation manager is,  I’ll describe what it does.  Specific details vary, but most citation managers work in four basic steps: Creating an account Populating the account with citations Read More…

Giving history a voice

Image from freeimages.co.uk On July 20 USM’s Franco-American Collection showcased some of its oral histories.  The event showed us attendees the value of oral histories. As Coordinator James Myall pointed out, oral histories feature everyday people.  Thus they complement history textbooks, which focus on major events.  They also complement history books in that the books Read More…

Library buildings, Idea building

Image from the American Library Association I couldn’t let National Library Week (April 8-14) go by without an appropriate reflection.  On January 5 I wrote a post about libraries as sites of engagement with information.  Now I’ll go further and discuss libraries as places of knowledge creation. King and Porter (2012) describe digital media labs Read More…

Timely resources

Image from www.freeimages.co.uk Daylight Saving Time began this past Sunday, and today is March 15–commonly thought of as the Ides of March.  This coming Saturday is St. Patrick’s Day.  Also, spring officially begins soon.  Speaking of dates and times,  let’s look at some useful online clocks and  calendars. Do you need to find the time Read More…

FRS 197, unleash the power!

Image from http://www.freeimages.co.uk With registration for Fall 2011 already upon us, I would like to mention a particular Fall 2011 course: FRS 197, Information Power Unleashed.  This course will explore “how to recognize when information is needed and how to locate, evaluate, and effectively use the needed information.”* Portland and Gorham library staff have offered Read More…

Ereserves made easier

Have you assigned e-reserves to your students?  When you give them the password, also give them the link to this video. The screencast briefly describes e-reserves and shows how to access them.  In advance, thank you for sharing–and thank you for listening.