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…

The ACRL Framework Sandbox

One of the greatest strengths of the ACRL Information Literacy Framework is its big-picture orientation (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2015, Introduction section).  One of its greatest challenges is its big-picture orientation.  How can the frames play out in the real classroom?  At last the Framework for Information Literacy Sandbox (ACRL, 2016) can help Read More…

Small Business Info Lit

  Small Business Saturday is November 26. Libraries can support entrepreneurs in a variety of ways (Schadt, 2016) .  Indeed small business owners have a variety of information needs. Librarians can support businesses’ information needs by learning more about them.  Laura Metzler, Small Business Information Librarian for Cecil County Public Library (Maryland), notes, “It’s research; it’s just 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…

Discovery, surprises, and info lit

To better use it in my teaching I have spent extra time with OneSearch, the library’s discovery tool.  Such tools show us how searching is strategic (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2015).  Strategy does not preclude surprises, though. On July 11 I searched for recent scholarly items on portfolios and media education.  Limiting for Read More…

Terms of Service and Choose Privacy Week

When we sign up for an online service, do we read the privacy policies and terms of service?  What information is being shared with whom?  When and how is it being shared?  Let’s be honest: few of us thoroughly read such details. Terms of Service Didn’t Read summarizes policies for many popular sites.  Without slogging Read More…

Joining the Connect.Ed blog

You may or may not know that the library shares a blog with the Center for Technology Enhanced Learning  and the Center for Collaboration and Development.  Since that blog, Connect.Ed, serves the same audience that InfoSavvy does, I am joining the Connect.Ed family of bloggers.  Here is my first post. Stay tuned for particulars on Read More…

World Book Night 2016

 Image from the World Book Night website To honor World Book Night (April 23) let’s look at some different ebook platforms.  I’ll focus on ones the library uses. Let’s start with SpringerLink.  Though it is technically a publisher’s platform extending beyond ebooks, SpringerLink provides access to many ebooks, particularly in the health sciences.  Without creating Read More…