Summer reading and hobby information

Last time we looked at summer reading for armchair travel.  Summer reading can enhance our home life as well. Hobby information is often shared informally, from practitioner to practitioner. The ACRL Framework (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016, p. 13 ) includes less formal sharing, as part of the social nature of information. Some Read More…

Vicarious travel through summer reading

  If we are limiting our physical travel this summer, we can still travel though our summer reading.  Strategic searching can guide us to some great travel reads. One strategy is to search for a known author who writes about our desired destination.  For example Peter Mayle writes about Provence.  I can search for him Read More…

Series Reading and Info Lit

Do you enjoy the novels in a given series?  If so, you may be enjoying some info lit lessons. For example I followed Daughtry family series by Kasey Michaels.  Since each novel has one family member as a central character, the reader sees the overall story arc through multiple lenses.  Most romance novels–these stories included–alternate Read More…

Creativity, info lit, and a summer read

The Searching as Strategic Exploration frame includes creativity and the willingness to go beyond a first try as dispositions (Association of College & research Libraries, 2016).  Similarly Amabile mentions perseverance as a creativity trait (as cited in Conti & Amabile, 2011, p. 148). The book Get it Done also connects perseverance to creativity (Bennett, 2014).  Read More…

Audiobook Month and info lit

Last time I discussed learning about my new phone.  One of my goals was to download audiobooks from Maine Infonet’s Download Library.  Since it is Audiobook Month, June is an ideal time to plug Maine Infonet’s Download Library and talk about audiobooks. Explore the Download Library for yourself.  There you’ll find a variety of ebooks and digital audiobooks.  Of Read More…

Journeys of curiosity

Image by Bob Jenkins [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons   I hope you’re enjoying your summer–and your summer reading.  I just read Kristin Chenoweth’s memoir, A Little Bit Wicked. The title alludes to Chenoweth’s role as Galinda in the Broadway musical Wicked (Chenoweth & Rodgers, 2009). Kruse and Prettyman (2008) had looked at Read More…

Researching the romance

Image from freeimages.co.uk/ In the summer we set aside more time for leisure reading.  Pleasure reading time is at the heart of Janice Radway’s classic Reading the Romance. Radway had interviewed romance readers about the role this practice plays in their lives.  Many of the respondents saw the reading as a respite from the demands Read More…

The earl and the smuggling master

Image from PhillipC (Phillip Capper): Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/flissphil/4014647728/, and used according to a Creative Commons Attribution License Yes, it’s time for a post about summer reading!  Recently I read The Dragon’s Bride, by Jo Beverley. The story takes place on England’s Devon coast.  At the start the hero suddenly becomes an earl, while another character Read More…