Best of 2015, part 2

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After a hiatus I can return to the highlights of my 2015 professional reading:

6. McGeough, D. D. (2015). Literacy in performance studies: Connecting oral interpretation, critical media literacy, and digital performance. American Communication Journal, 17(1), 1–9. Retrieved from

I have a soft spot for articles that draw from the communication field.  This one even comes from a professor in the field.  She describes how she fosters relevant information habits when teaching oral interpretation.

7. Revitt, M. (2015, April 15). Sharing is good: An update from Maine’s Shared Collections.  MLA-Z. Retrieved from

Keeping up with local and statewide matters is part of my professional practice.  Revitt thoughtfully explains Maine’s Shared Collections Strategy, in which libraries statewide agree to retain one copy of a low-use item.

8. Rubick, K. (2015). Flashlight: using Bizup’s BEAM to illuminate the rhetoric of research. Reference Services Review, 43(1), 98–111.

As I mentioned earlier, I enjoy articles that draw from rhetorical theory.  This one combines the theory with a practical application.

9. Swanson, T. A., & Jagman, H. (Eds.). (2015). Not just where to click: Teaching students how to think about information. Chicago, IL: Association of College and Research Libraries.

I continually seek out ideas for moving beyond the database demonstration.  This book contains examples offered by some major names in the field.

10. Wolstenholme, J. (2015). Evidence based practice using formative assessment in library research support. Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, 10(3), 4–29. Retrieved from

Wolstenholme takes the one-minute paper assessment to a new level with two different types of minute papers: the Polling One Minute Paper and the Reflective One Minute Paper.  These assessments would work well in a one-shot session.