For Our Soon-to-be Alums

With graduation in sight I’ll share my annual resources for our graduating students.  This year they come as a course guide for COR 400, Launching into Life After College.    For those graduating seniors who didn’t take the course, the resources might still be useful (Some of them are still useful to those of us 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…

Welcome Back Spring 2019

Welcome back, everyone! I hope you had a nice intersession.  As always we librarians are happy to support you in your research and–especially–your teaching. We can visit your face-to-face classes.  We have online course guides and information literacy tutorials.  We can use a combination of these strategies. Of course these are not the only ways Read More…

Cyber Security and Information Literacy

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.  Issues of information privacy and security can be seen in the ACRL Framework. The Introduction notes the need to monitor the changing information landscape and use information ethically (Association of College and Research Libraries, 2016).  Privacy concerns are part of the information landscape, and honoring another’s privacy is Read More…

A Special Reminder about Library Spaces

While the library has online resources, let’s not forget about its physical spaces.  If you assign group projects, please remind your students that each campus has group study rooms available. We have space for faculty as well.  More accurately the Center for Collaboration and Development has a room available in the Glickman Library. The particular Read More…

National Preparedness Month Information and Inclusion

September is National Preparedness Month.  Though the month is nearly over, preparedness is always relevant.   How we share and create preparedness information is yet another example of real-world information literacy. The American Red Cross, for example,  has a site on disaster safety for people with special needs.  The American Red Cross has experience dealing with Read More…

Database updates

Over the summer the State of Maine changed database providers.  For us this switch has meant the replacement of some databases with new ones.  We still have databases from outside the statewide suite as well.  If you wonder about a specific database, please check our Databases A-Z list.  If you see a favorite database missing, Read More…

More on slow media and info lit

After last month’s NELIG conference I wanted to learn more about slow media.  The Slow Media Manifesto (Köhler, David, & Blumtritt, 2010 ) lists many aspects of slow media.   Three items speak especially well to information literacy: Köhler et al (2010, Item 5) note how slow media encourage people to be “prosumers,” thoughtful and active media Read More…

Diverse Voices in the Scholarly Conversation

July 4 honors our right to participate in civic conversations.  Let’s celebrate our right to take part in scholarly conversations (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016). Women Also Know History is a database of female historians, and Women Also Know Stuff is its political science counterpart.  People of Color Also Know Stuff highlights political Read More…