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…

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…

Welcome Back Fall 2019

Welcome back, everyone! I hope the summer treated you well.   Over the summer I have been weeding both my home office and my library office.  I have discussed weeding before, most notably in my 05/18/17 post.  As weeding needs to be done periodically, though, shouldn’t we revisit the topic every so often? The ACRL Framework Read More…

Welcome Back Spring 2019

Welcome back, everyone! I hope you had a nice intersession.  As always we librarians are happy to support you in your research and–especially–your teaching. We can visit your face-to-face classes.  We have online course guides and information literacy tutorials.  We can use a combination of these strategies. Of course these are not the only ways Read More…

Welcome Back Fall 2018

Welcome back! We hope the summer has treated you well.  Here are some reminders for the new semester: We librarians can visit your classes.  The visit need not be lengthy or during the first weeks of classes.  Together we can plan something that meets your needs. If a visit does not meet your needs, we Read More…

Welcome Back Spring 2018

We librarians welcome you back to the new semester.  We hope you had a safe, pleasant winter session. As always we’re ready to visit your classes.  The visit can be at time of greatest need.   We can still create customized research guides as well. Please remind your students to make sure that their USM cards Read More…

Welcome Back Fall 2017

Welcome back, everyone! I hope the summer has treated you well.  I welcome our new faculty as well. As always we librarians are happy to visit your classes.  The visit need not be lengthy or during the first week of class: It need not be singular.  We can tailor a visit or set of visits Read More…

Welcome Back Spring 2017

Welcome back, everyone!  I hope the semester break treated you well.  Some interesting things are coming up for the new semester. The libraries are testing a service called BrowZine.  We have it for the next year and a half.  You can search for journal titles, but its true strength–as the name implies–is browsing.  You can Read More…

Welcome Back Fall 2016

Welcome (back)!  I hope the summer has treated you well. I’ll start with the usual reminders.  We librarians are more than happy to visit your classes or create customized course guides. More importantly we want to listen to your teaching and research needs.  Perhaps a live visit or a guide would not meet  your needs.  You Read More…

Welcome Back Spring 2016

Image by The McClouds from Chicago ‘burbs, USA (New welcome mat from my parents) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons I hope the intersession treated you well.  As always your liaison librarians are happy to work with you.  We encourage you to meet with us: find out how we can support your teaching and Read More…