Top Ten of 2017, Part One

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Where has the year gone?!  Already it’s time for my top ten articles of 2017.  In alphabetical order (by first author’s name) here are the first five:

Deitering, A., & Rempel, H. G. (2017). Sparking curiosity–Librarians’ role in encouraging exploration.  In the Library With the Lead Pipe. Retrieved from

The authors discuss different types of curiosity and the role of curiosity in research.  They even include a curiosity self-assessment, as well as a topic exploration activity.

Glassman, J. A., & Worsham, D. M. (2017). Digital research notebook: A simple tool for reflective learning.  Reference Services Review, 45(2), 179-200. doi:10.1108/RSR-10-2016-0063

The notebook gives learners a space to pause and reflect on their research.  At the same time it is a tool that can complement a one-shot session.

Jefferson, C. O. (2017) Good for business: Applying the ACRL Framework threshold concepts to teach a learner-centered business research course.  Ticker: The Academic Business Librarianship Review, 2(1), 1-17. Retrieved from

Jefferson uses the ACRL Information Literacy Framework with business students.  Though her insights come from teaching a self-created research methods course (p. 1), the lesson plans (pp. 10-12) can inspire instruction in a number of settings.

McMullan, M., & Cobley, J. (2017). Lessons in ephemera: Teaching and learning through cultural heritage collections.  RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage, 18(2), 93-107.  Retrieved from

Since I rarely get to teach with archival materials, this article is a bit of a self-indulgence.  Still, such sources–including ephemera–are part of the information landscape.

Morrone, A., Flaming, A., Birdwell, T., Russell, J., Roman, T., & Jesse, M. (2017, December 4). Creating active learning classrooms is not enough: Lessons from two case studies [Supplemental material]. Educause Review. Retrieved from

Active learning classrooms can help enhance student learning, but only if instructors can use them effectively.  This piece highlights two professional development initatives that accompanied the creation of active learning spaces.

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