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…

Re-experiencing the research topic

Earlier I mentioned my work with the Lewiston-Auburn College (LAC) undergrad capstone course.  Since I wanted a better sense of what the students were doing, I thought I would develop my own Senior Seminar topic.  I have renewed appreciation for the student experience of topic formation. Each section of Senior Sem focuses on one of Read More…

Taking the time to pay attention

Image from freeimages.co.uk On TV’s The Mentalist the title character uses his charm and his observational skills to catch criminals.  When he amazes people with one of his displays, he insists that he is simply paying attention.  Paying attention matters in research as well. Take a Google search screen or a database search screen.  If Read More…

Playful learning

Image from freeimages.co.uk Labor Day lets us put aside our work and simply play.  That said, let’s look at an area where work meets play—instructional gaming. Gee (2007) discusses how video games can help develop problem-solving skills and collaborative learning (to vastly oversimplify the book’s concepts).  Games don’t have to be computerized, though.  Yaman and Read More…

Real world info lit

Image from http://www.freeimages.co.uk If InfoSavvy had a motto, that motto would probably be “Info lit is everywhere.”  Indeed information literacy is everywhere, and I saw it in some student internship presentations. One of the students specifically mentioned the journals and magazines put out by professional organizations in her field.  We often tout the value of Read More…

The poetics of close reading

Image from http://www.freeimages.co.uk With National Poetry Month upon us I’m thinking of the different connections between poetry and information literacy.  I’ll start with a powerful connection: close reading. Poetry–especially when read aloud–encourages close reading.  Take the refrain ‘A terrible beauty is born’ from Yeats’s poem “Easter, 1916.”  Do we emphasize the word terrible or the Read More…

Time for new habits

Image from http://www.freeimages.co.uk Welcome back! Since I believe in lifelong learning, I find new year’s resolutions redundant.  All the name the new year and the new semester inspire us to new habits. The Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA) has connected eight habits of mind (n.d.) with writing success: Curiosity Openness Engagement Creativity Persistence Responsibility Read More…

Questioning the questions

Image from http://www.freeimages.co.uk I’ve written about topic development tools and about brainstorming.  As useful as these things are, a good research topic begins with a good question. Heiman and Slomianko’s Learning to Learn (2010) incorporates the asking of good questions into the research process. The asking of good questions is a theme throughout the book Read More…

Info lit as fair play

Olympic Park London 2012.  Image by SiB: Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/si_b/6303284777/, and used according to a Creative Commons Attribution License. The Olympic Games have their ideal of fair play.  In information literacy the counterpart is the avoidance of plagiarism.  Though I could share resources on detecting plagiarism, I’d rather share resources on discouraging it in the Read More…

The ongoing task of getting organized

Image from http://www.freeimages.co.uk/ With a new calendar year underway and a new semester upon us many people talk about getting organized.  I’m no exception, as you can tell from these past posts A little planning now for fewer headaches later (2/12/09) Housekeeping help InfoSavvy style (8/27/10) Organizational tools where you already are (9/10/10) If you’re Read More…