For our soon-to-be alumni 2021

Even pre-COVID USM alumni had limited access to library resources. COVID-19 has made the problem worse.  How are graduates to do research for their professional lives (aside from Google)?  Open Educational Resources (OERs) offer one possible solution. Students may not even own their textbooks for a number of reasons (rental, for example).  If later they Read More…

Ninth Annual Savvies, Part 2

Welcome back to the 9th annual Savvies!  Both films in the Outstanding Scene category are based on true stories.  Without further ado, here they are: Chocolat (2016): Dir. Roschdy Zem; Written by Cyril Gely (screenplay), Olivier Gorce (adaptation), Roschdy Zem (adaptation), & Gérard Noiriel (book and adaptation); Starring Omar Sy, James Thierrée, Clotilde Hesme, and Read More…

The Ninth Annual Savvies

Welcome to this year’s InfoSavvy Movie Awards!  Since this year’s  noteworthy scenes require more context than they usually do, we’ll present the awards in two posts.  As always the credits come from IMDb.  For noteworthy movie the Savvies go to:   Ann (2020): Written and performed by Holland Taylor. This play, filmed for PBS’s Great Performances Read More…

Welcome Back Spring 2021

Welcome back, everyone!  I hope the semester is treating you well.  Though we are working remotely much of the time, we librarians are still here for you.  We can visit your classes in an online synchronous session. We also work with asynchronous classes.  Your liaison librarians have told you about our information literacy modules.  We Read More…

Book Bentos and Information Packaging

The above image is a  simplified book bento.  Inspired by the look of bento box lunches, a book bento shows a book artfully surrounded by images or objects related to it (Valenza, 2019).  When people share book bentos, they generally share why they chose the given objects/images.  For the book Glitter Bomb, by Laura Childs,  Read More…

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…