American Archives Month 2015

Image from freeimages.co.uk The ACRL Information Literacy Framework (2015) mentions the information ecosystem.  Both material and digital sources are part of that ecosystem.  The materiality of archival sources complements the increasingly digital nature of regular library collections (Samuelson & Coker, 2014).  American Archives Month serves as a good reminder of this fact. References Association of Read More…

Thoughts for American Archives Month

Image from the Society of American Archivists As many of you know, I am helping maintain the Franco-American Collection, while we search for a new Coordinator.  I couldn’t let American Archives Month go by without some thoughts on the experience. Though this is my third time helping out between Coordinators, I continue to be amazed Read More…

Organize items and consult experts

Image from ala.org For both Preservation Week (April 27-May 3) and my work with USM’s Franco-American Collection, I listened to a webinar on preserving family archives.  Two themes connected to aspects of information literacy. The first theme was the importance of organizing your materials.  Organizing information is an underrated aspect of information literacy: it relates Read More…

Teaching the Dream

Photo from Inspired N 07 (Yvonne Bowens): Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/11357032@N03/1316741577/, and used according to a Creative Commons Attribution License Martin Luther King Day made me think about how we teach civil rights.  The ERIC database has some resources for teaching Dr. King’s dream. First of all the ERIC thesaurus lists “civil rights” as an official Read More…

InfoSavvy costuming

Are you thinking about your Halloween costume?  Here are some resources for costume ideas: Gale Virtual Reference Library This tool includes the Encyclopedia of Clothing & Fashion, as well as the American Decades series (for each era’s fashion trends).  I’d recommend these for people who already have an idea but want to flesh it out. Read More…

Giving history a voice

Image from freeimages.co.uk On July 20 USM’s Franco-American Collection showcased some of its oral histories.  The event showed us attendees the value of oral histories. As Coordinator James Myall pointed out, oral histories feature everyday people.  Thus they complement history textbooks, which focus on major events.  They also complement history books in that the books Read More…

InfoSavvy storytelling

Image from http://www.freeimages.co.uk/ On June 15 USM’s Franco-American Collection hosted an evening of storytelling.  Susan Poulin, Michael Parent, and Gregoire Chabot shared their stories and their insights.  Throughout the evening some themes emerged: Listening and Asking Good Questions As Susan Poulin noted, a good storyteller needs to listen well and to ask good questions.  Michael Read More…

Maine Academic Libraries Day

Image from Boston Public Library: Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/boston_public_library/2381506633/, and used according to a Creative Commons Attribution License Another Friday (June 14) brought yet another conference, the 5th Annual Maine Academic Libraries Day.   I enjoyed connecting with librarian friends and hearing some useful presentations. Bryan Alexander (National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education) delivered the keynote Read More…

Preserving our treasures

Image from http://www.freeimages.co.uk The Society of American Archivists observes May Day by drawing attention to disaster preparedness for archives.  Though May Day was weeks ago, disaster preparedness remains a timely issue in light of recent tragedies. We can also honor the day-to-day work of archives and special collections in preserving our culture.  In that light Read More…