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…

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…