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…

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…

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…

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…

Food safety and Information Literacy

  However we celebrate July 4, food will play a role in our festivities.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s  Food Safety Page has  tips for safe food handling. Scientists publish studies about food safety.    For example Gogou, Katsaros, Derens, Alvarez, and Taokis (2015) look at temperature control as food gets to Read More…