Managing emails, managing information

Did you make New Year’s resolutions?  If so, was one of them to be more organized?  Here are some resources for organizing your emails: http://www.43folders.com/izero http://content.reviveyourinbox.com/04-how-to-organize-your-email-inbox.html https://www.fastcompany.com/3067012/the-only-five-email-folders-your-inbox-will-ever-need The ACRL’s Research as Inquiry frame lists “organizing information in meaningful ways (emphasis mine)” as a knowledge practice (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016).  While one–or any–of Read More…

Sharing resources for veterans

Information literacy involves “communities of learning” (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016, Introduction section).  Librarians learn from each other, and that learning includes the sharing of research/resource guides.  Since Veterans’ Day was last week,  I’ll share some guides for veterans. The Connecticut State Library has a Service to Veterans and Military Families guide.  This Read More…

Database highlights for Halloween

Halloween brings to mind skeletons, which in turn bring to mind anatomy class.    Anatomy.TV features detailed, medically accurate 3D images.  This database also has videos and animations.  It even includes quizzes and activities. Halloween brings to mind pumpkins as well.  The USM libraries have a trial to Bloomsbury Food Library .  You can look up food customs Read More…

Open Access Week 2017: Bringing quality content together

Recently I heard about two initiatives bringing together open content and subscription content. In a webinar presenters André Avorio and Jenna Makowski (Alexander Street) speak about these projects, The Open Music Library and The Anthropology Commons, respectively. The webinar itself goes into detail about the projects themselves (Avorio, Makowski, & Derks, 2017). The great takeway 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…

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…

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…

National Library Week and Alumni

We want to think of our alumni, especially as commencement draws near.  What do the USM Libraries have to offer them?  Let’s start with the current version of the Alumni Card page. Then let’s consider resources available through our library networks. Cloud Library is an exciting collection of ebooks and electronic audiobooks. Though I’ve mentioned Marvel! Read More…