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…

Valentine’s Day Cards as Information

I had planned to write a Valentine’s Day post, but inspiration struck afterward.  In episode 2 of  A Very British Romance, host Lucy Worsley visited a collection of Victorian Valentine’s Day cards. Firstly she placed these cards in the context of the era’s culture and printing industry.  Commercial cards were available to those with the Read More…

Welcome Back Spring 2020

Welcome back, everyone! I hope you enjoyed winter break.  As I was preparing this post, I was leery of repeating the same reminders that I give each semester.  Then I asked myself, “Is repetition that bad?”  The message can reach someone who didn’t hear it or need it before.  Besides, we learn–in part–through repetition. Likewise Read More…

Best of 2019, Part 2

  With so many great articles I had tough choices and a last-minute substitution.  I’ll put that item last–but not least–on the list.  Otherwise here are the remaining 2019 picks in alphabetical order:   Lateef, A., & Omotayo, F. O. (2019). Information audit as an important tool in organizational management: A review of literature. Business Read More…

Best of 2019, Part 1

Reading the professional literature is part of a librarian’s information literacy.  As usual I’m sharing my favorite professional reads from this year ending.   The first five– in alphabetical order– are: Belzowski, N., & Robison, M. (2019). Kill the one-shot: Using a collaborative rubric to liberate the librarian-instructor partnership. Journal of Library Administration, 59(3), 282-297. doi: Read More…

Thankful for different source types

As holidays go, Thanksgiving gets overlooked.  In our fondness for scholarly journal articles, do we overlook other information sources? For example do we pay enough attention to trade magazines or professional association newsletters?  Students will use such sources in their working lives: Shouldn’t they encounter some during their college careers? Likewise government information would serve Read More…

APA 7 and the Purpose of References

In case you haven’t heard the news, the American Psychological Association has released the 7th edition of its style guide.  On the surface this development affects those in the social and behavioral sciences.  Still, it can make anyone think about the purpose of–and not merely the form of–references. For instance the manual  describes the reference Read More…

Scary genres and info lit

Some librarians are taking part in an All Hallow’s Read book swap.  When participants sign up, they list their favorite scary genre and/or scary elements.  If our giftee likes a genre less familiar to us, we learn a little about it.  After all, how can we recognize a genre we haven’t encountered before?  We can Read More…