Lost Art Series

I am a new, regular contributor to LITA [Library Information Technology Association] and published my first post Monday. The “Lost Art” series will examine a tech tool and the way that it improves communication and encourages connections between users and the library. My first post, “The Lost Art of Conversation,” focuses on podcasts, specifically the … More Lost Art Series

Find your Literary Landmark

Just a short note on a recent discovery: An extremely interactive museum focused on American writers and their work, The American Writers Museum (AWM), opens in Chicago, IL on May 16, 2017.  Visitors are encouraged to explore through touchscreens and “…high-tech multimedia installations..like a mesmerizing ‘Word Waterfall,’ in which a wall of densely packed, seemingly … More Find your Literary Landmark

Using Information Literacy to Fight Fake News

The issue of fake news (not a new problem) has been gaining more attention since the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, where several social media outlets were blamed for disseminating untruths. I see this as a problem of media literacy, not fake news.  Some facts: Stanford University found that 80% of middle school students perceived digital … More Using Information Literacy to Fight Fake News

Dystopian Wanderings

Publishing trends are important in my line of work. Of course, these trends are fueled by consumer tastes and sometimes these preferences are influenced by current events. Margaret Atwood’s, The Handmaid’s Tale, has been recently adapted into a Hulu show starring Elizabeth Moss. This timing compliments a renewed interest in the book and its subject matter. … More Dystopian Wanderings

Search for Open Access Resources, Part II

Last week I posted a list with Open Access resources, some focused on resources for students, and others with digital content with no set audience, only the goal of cultural stewardship. I recently subscribed to ACRL (Association of College & Research Libraries)- Choice Webinars YouTube Channel. Anyone can sign up to participate in the live … More Search for Open Access Resources, Part II

Search for Open Access Resources, Part I

I came across two interesting articles this week that got me thinking about digital content. The first article, ‘A Mean Amount of Money,’ published by Inside Higher Ed, discusses State University of New York (SUNY) & City University of New York (CUNY) colleges becoming tuition free through the Excelsior Scholarship (I was just a few years … More Search for Open Access Resources, Part I

Libraries- an essential third place?

I recently posted a Rebuttal to Dewey Decimal Jokes, highlighting some articles that dispute the idea that books/libraries are becoming obsolete.  A recent article published by The Brookings Institution (a nonprofit public policy group), “How public libraries help build health communities,” goes even further and describes libraries as essential community meeting places. Third places are meeting … More Libraries- an essential third place?