Top 10 of 2020, Part 2

In my last post I started my annual top 10 list.  Before I share the remaining five entries,  I’ll mention that the final item is a last-minute discovery.  I broke alphabetical order and placed it at the end of the list. Stileman, K., & Nyren, H. (2020). The A to Zoom of digital book events: Read More…

Top ten of 2020, Part 1

  Despite COVID-19 and political unrest, professional development continued through 2020.  If anything, professional development was more crucial than ever this year.  The tradition of sharing my top ten readings of the year continues as well.  Here are the first five, in alphabetical order: Douglas, V. A. (2020). Moving from critical assessment to assessment as Read More…

Holidays, Shared Stories and Authority

  Though we may have to do so via telephone or videochat, the Holidays are still a time to share stories.  The Maine Community Archives Collaborative is coordinating local efforts to share our COVID-19 experiences (Holiday or otherwise).  USM has two COVID-related archiving projects as part of the Collaborative.  The history department has Signs of Read More…

Banned Books Week 2020

For Banned Books Week (September 27-October 3) Mount Prospect Public Library (IL) hosted an event featuring City Lit Theater.  The event, Books on the Chopping Block, showcased readings from the Ten Most Challenged Books of 2019. Each reading suited the given text.  For example the reading from Raina Telgemeier’s graphic novel Drama focused on the Read More…

Welcome Back Fall 2020

Welcome back! This post comes later in the semester than have the usual Welcome Back posts.  Still, the libraries are here for you all semester. During the first few weeks everyone is busy with start-of-semester housekeeping.  COVID-19 and the transition to BrightSpace have made things even messier.   We can provide library instruction closer to the Read More…

Summer reading and hobby information

Last time we looked at summer reading for armchair travel.  Summer reading can enhance our home life as well. Hobby information is often shared informally, from practitioner to practitioner. The ACRL Framework (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016, p. 13 ) includes less formal sharing, as part of the social nature of information. Some Read More…

Vicarious travel through summer reading

  If we are limiting our physical travel this summer, we can still travel though our summer reading.  Strategic searching can guide us to some great travel reads. One strategy is to search for a known author who writes about our desired destination.  For example Peter Mayle writes about Provence.  I can search for him Read More…

The Eighth Annual Savvies

We could use some distraction at this time. For distraction with information literacy content, let’s hold the long-delayed InfoSavvy Movie Awards.    The Savvies go to (in alphabetical order by title): Akeelah and the bee (2006). Dir. Doug Atchison; Written by Doug Atchison. Starring Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Keke Palmer. A middle schooler pursues her Read More…

National Poetry Month and information sharing

As I mentioned in the previous post, we cannot ignore the less formal ways in which we share information.  In honor of National Poetry Month here’s some information about two poetry links. The first is a post from the Real Life at Home blog.  The author shares  poetry-themed projects to do with family members.  This Read More…

Information Sharing in a Time of Crisis

Recent weeks have drawn my attention to how information is shared and disseminated.  Some information sharing has been of the more formal type.  Think of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, for example. Of equal interest is the less formal information sharing that goes on.  For example colleagues have been sharing morale Read More…