A folio at last

In August 2011 I took a webinar on creating portfolios with Adobe® Acrobat® Pro.  Finally I have created one, Genraware.  Enjoy!


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Name change

I have changed this blog’s name to One Librarian’s Learning, a more accurate name.  While I was at it, I changed the theme.  Thanks, and stay tuned!

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Sharing the Marvel

I blogged about the invitational for my library.  Check out the entry on InfoSavvy.  Have a safe and marvelous Holiday season!

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The Marvelous Maine experience

I had signed up for the Marvelous Maine Invitational to learn more about what Marvel has to offer.  Though I did so, I gained much from other aspects of the course .

For example the Invitational made me look at familiar resources in new ways.   My students regularly use Academic Search Complete because their professor wants them to find scholarly articles, but ASC has newspapers as well.    I could use this feature to give students a grounding in the differences among types of periodicals.  The students could do the same search twice: once limited for newspapers, and then limited for scholarly journals.  I already have a lesson where the students compare samples of popular magazines with samples of scholarly journals.  All the same comparing results from their own searches on their own topics might bring the point home better.  The students might also be in a better position to springboard to more specialized newspaper databases (ex. ProQuest Newspapers) or academic databases.

The Invitational made me look at new ways to serve my students.  I noted resources my students could use in the event of access problems with USM subscriptions.   I noted the resources that would most interest my non-USM patrons.  I even noted resources that could help me when I’m handling questions outside of my subject expertise.  The health resources would cover the latter two categories.

I also appreciated the mix of leisure resources (ex. Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center or NoveList Plus) with more academic resources (ex. ASC) with workplace resources (ex. LearningExpress or Business Source Complete).   We all have information needs in different aspects of our lives.  Though in my setting I would focus on more academic resources, who says I must ignore other areas of information literacy?  Perhaps examples from another setting might make academic resources more relevant to students.

Of course I enjoyed mingling with librarians from different types of libraries.  As much as I enjoy the company of my academic colleagues, I can learn a lot from the fresh perspectives of others.

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Lesson ten, EBSCO resources

MasterFile Premier

1-2.  Since my students and I regularly use Academic Search Complete, I  tried Masterfile Premier.  Unable to think of a particular publication I started with a basic search for oral interpretation.  The first record was for a very useful piece from The Writer magazine

Then I searched Publications by topic, since I still could not think of a title.  I found 15 titles for leadership.  If I have a leadership student with card activation issues, I now have a third Marvel database (after Academic Search Complete and Business Source Complete) I can suggest as a backup.

I tried the zinc question as well.  I would have normally gone to Medline Plus for this question, but I did find two articles in MasterFile Premier:

Bond, P. (2009). Better -together? Which foods to mix and which to separate for optimal nutrient uptake. Delicious Living, 25(2), 41.

Don’t forget the zinc. (2005). Saturday Evening Post, 277(5), 58.

Both mentioned read meats, beans, and fortified cereals as sources.  Neither magazine article had author credentials, so I double-checked on Medline Plus, which also mentioned these foods and others, such as oysters (mentioned only in the Bond article).

3. I started looking at other participant’s blogs.  I wanted to see who tried Academic Search Complete.  I may use it regularly, but I can always learn something new about it.  So far I found one person who used ASC instead of MFP.  That post gave me an idea for an exercise comparing the same topic in a scholarly journal and in a popular magazine.

EBSCO Ebook Collection

1. With interior decorating projects coming up in the new year I searched for home decorating and found

Jerdee, R. (1999). Redecorate Your Home : The Lazy Way. Alpha Books.

Navigating the book was easy.  Printing was less intuitive, but it was still much easier than I’ve seen on other ebook platforms.

2. I searched for U.S. Constitution and found the  book

Henkin, L. (1996). Foreign affairs and the United States Constitution. New York.

I looked at the table of contents, and the chapter on immigration might interest the students I serve.  This idea led me to a search for U.S. Constitution and immigration, a search which yielded an additional book

Greenhouse, C. J., & Kheshti, R. (1998). Democracy and ethnography : Constructing identities in multicultural liberal states. State University of New York Press.

3. I typed “Nebraska” into the Publisher box.   Depending upon what aspect of Western history the student was covering, I could recommend specific books from the list.  On the most promising books I noticed the potentially useful subject heading HISTORY / United States / State & Local / West (AK, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, UT, WY).

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Lesson nine, LearningExpress

1-2. My patrons regularly ask for the CLEP practice tests: I shall tell them about this resource.  I answered the first page of questions from Humanities Practice Test 1, which would have taken approx. 90 minutes to complete (Student would appreciate knowing how much time to allot.).  Though the View Answers button took a few clicks to reach, the feedback was well-presented and complete, both for correct and for incorrect answers.

3. I downloaded Career Course: Succeeding on the Job.  I could jump to a particular part of the course.  Getting back to My Center, though, was more problematic.  All the same I could see these courses as useful for internship students.   As for the content of my specific course, most of it seemed applicable to employees of all experience levels, though some of the advice (ex. avoiding messy foods at a business lunch) seemed more geared to the interview context.

4. I played with two ebooks: Research & writing skills success in 20 minutes a day by Rachael Stark, and Visual communication: Understanding maps, charts, diagrams, & schematics by Ned Racine.  Having dealt with different ebook platforms, I liked that these books were straightforward PDF files.  Those who prefer a printout can easily print the pages they need–within copyright, of course.

I also appreciated the About the Author statement being near the front.  When I encourage my students to check an author’s credentials, I can easily model the practice.  For the record Rachael Stark has a background in English, and Ned Racine has a background in graphic design.

Based on a cursory skim through each book I could see potential uses.   The research skills book might benefit students new to the research process.  The visual communication book might benefit even experienced presenters.

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Lesson eight, genealogy resources

With the Holiday week upon us I shall hold off on downloading a free trial.  That said, my library subscribes to Ancestry Library, which I used instead.

I tried exploring a family mystery: Was my great-great-grandfather Champion French-born (despite a dramatic family legend to the contrary)?  Though my searches didn’t answer the question, they did highlight some of the complexities one can encounter in genealogical research.  For example I encountered several listings with the same name and from the same geographic area, but with widely different birth years.  I would have to get a more approximate birth year to narrow it down.  I’ll also have to learn if the first name was an actual first name, or was a middle name he answered to.

In searching for my great-great grandmother I also found some entries with an anglicized maiden name (Harvey)  and others with a more French version of the name (Hervé).  Finally I would need more solid information on my great-grandparents to establish if I have the right branch of the family.

In the meantime I’ll enjoy Thanksgiving with the current generation of relatives.  Here’s wishing you and yours a safe, happy Thanksgiving!


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