Reflections on embedded librarianship

Two weeks ago I mentioned an embedded librarianship (EL) course.  It had me thinking more deeply about certain issues. Assessment We can gain important insights from data we already collect.  We can look, for instance, at students’ sources or their search strategies.  We can use pretests and posttests.  Depending on the desired outcomes possibilities abound. Read More…

Embedded Librarianship Defined

I’m taking an online course on embedded librarianship.  Though I’m still in the course, it is already helping me better articulate what embedded librarianship means. Definitions vary, but Shumaker and Talley (2009) describe how embedded librarianship involves “building relationships with these groups, developing a deep understanding of their work, and providing information services . . 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…

Mid-semester reminders

Can we be at the midpoint of the semester already?!  Remember that we librarians can help students throughout the research process. If a student still needs additional sources for a paper, we can brainstorm search terms and resources he has not yet tried.  If a learner needs help citing a source, we can work with Read More…

Routine reminders

By raulalbores (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons Welcome back!  I hope summer has given you a pleasant break from your routine.  Now it’s time for some routine reminders. Please encourage your students to activate their USM cards at any one of the campus libraries.  Online students can get a Distance Learner Read More…

Welcome Back Spring 2015

Image by Kannanshanmugam,shanmugam studio,Kollam (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons Welcome back! I hope that you enjoyed your intersession.  As always I’ll start the semester with a few reminders. We librarians can visit your class multiple times.  We can visit at point of need–during any part of the semester. If a visit Read More…

Tips for the time strapped

Image from freeimages.co.uk In an ideal world we’d allow ample time for our research.  In the real world life intervenes, and even the well-prepared find themselves working close to deadlines.  As the semester nears its end, I’ll remind everyone of the following library resources and services: Full text limiters Most databases allow you to limit Read More…

Late night update

Image from freeimages.co.uk Can we really be so near the end of the semester?!  Finals hours have already begun in Lewiston: they will soon begin in Portland and Gorham as well. The libraries’ Finals Hours page details the schedule.  Also, each library will be hosting a Late Nite: Gorham– Sunday, 4/27, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 a.m. Lewiston– Read More…

Changing lives, constant help

Image from the American Library Association National Library Week (April 13-19, 2014) is here again.  This year’s theme is “Lives change @ your library.”  It is a good time to honor our soon-to-be graduates.  After all, their lives are about to change. The new graduates can get a USM alumni card and retain borrowing privileges.  Read More…

Welcome Back Spring 2014

Image from alborzshawn: Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/7502393@N04/472028910 and used according to a Creative Commons Attribution License Welcome back, everyone!  I hope you had a safe, pleasant time off. As always your librarians are here to help you with customized guides, visits, and more.  We are happy to offer instruction, but we offer a variety of other Read More…