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…

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…

Welcome Back Spring 2017

Welcome back, everyone!  I hope the semester break treated you well.  Some interesting things are coming up for the new semester. The libraries are testing a service called BrowZine.  We have it for the next year and a half.  You can search for journal titles, but its true strength–as the name implies–is browsing.  You can 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…