Audiobook Month and info lit

Last time I discussed learning about my new phone.  One of my goals was to download audiobooks from Maine Infonet’s Download Library.  Since it is Audiobook Month, June is an ideal time to plug Maine Infonet’s Download Library and talk about audiobooks. Explore the Download Library for yourself.  There you’ll find a variety of ebooks and digital audiobooks.  Of Read More…

Journeys of curiosity

Image by Bob Jenkins [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons   I hope you’re enjoying your summer–and your summer reading.  I just read Kristin Chenoweth’s memoir, A Little Bit Wicked. The title alludes to Chenoweth’s role as Galinda in the Broadway musical Wicked (Chenoweth & Rodgers, 2009). Kruse and Prettyman (2008) had looked at Read More…

Researching the romance

Image from freeimages.co.uk/ In the summer we set aside more time for leisure reading.  Pleasure reading time is at the heart of Janice Radway’s classic Reading the Romance. Radway had interviewed romance readers about the role this practice plays in their lives.  Many of the respondents saw the reading as a respite from the demands Read More…

The earl and the smuggling master

Image from PhillipC (Phillip Capper): Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/flissphil/4014647728/, and used according to a Creative Commons Attribution License Yes, it’s time for a post about summer reading!  Recently I read The Dragon’s Bride, by Jo Beverley. The story takes place on England’s Devon coast.  At the start the hero suddenly becomes an earl, while another character Read More…

The mystery of info lit

Image from http://www.freeimages.co.uk My summer reading includes mystery novels.  Rhonda Harris Taylor (2005) has looked at such novels in light of information literacy–even invoking the ACRL Standards. Taylor notes that the antagonist initially controls the information, especially about his or her identity (2005, p. 13).  To bring the villain to justice the protagonist must find, Read More…

Recreational reading resources

Girl on the Beach  Image from Freeimageslive/Julien Tromeur, used under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License Unported Do you plan to catch up on leisure reading this summer?  Here are a few resources for you: FictFact If you follow particular series of books, this site helps you keep track of them.  FictFact will notify you Read More…

Summer reading for yearlong information literacy

My February 25 post “Fiction writing, real information literacy” described how writing fiction can serve as a research exercise.  Students can conduct research to give accurate detail to their works.  Similarly reading fiction can spark research ideas. For example I recently read Susan Kandel’s I dreamed I married Perry Mason.  The story’s heroine was writing Read More…