Exploring Web of Science and the scholarly conversation

Recently we librarians explored some features in Web of Science.  These features can help us map out scholarly conversations.  Since the database–despite its name–covers topics outside of science, I’ll search for “leadership development.” The Analyze Results feature allows us to spot patterns.  When, for example, were most of the results published?    In my case Read More…

Information after graduation: The workplace

Soon our graduating students will be embarking on or advancing in their careers.  As they prepare for job interviews, I’ll share some resources for dealing with tough interview questions: The most difficult interview questions (and answers)–monster.com Ten toughest interview questions answered–Forbes.com Three notoriously tough interview questions (and how to answer them)–USA Today I’ll put in Read More…

Welcome Back Spring 2018

We librarians welcome you back to the new semester.  We hope you had a safe, pleasant winter session. As always we’re ready to visit your classes.  The visit can be at time of greatest need.   We can still create customized research guides as well. Please remind your students to make sure that their USM cards Read More…

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…