This timely and thought-provoking article in the Atlantic should be of interest not only to librarians but to faculty and anyone who is concerned with information and misinformation in a democratic society. Written by librarian and emeritus professor Barbara Fister (Gustavus Adolphus College), it is a compelling read that provides some good food for thought about how our approach to teaching Information Literacy may have been harmful and how it needs to change.
“It’s time for a thorough revamping of the purpose of inviting students to engage in inquiry as a civic practice. Educators, including librarians who teach, will need to confront and clarify their own beliefs and assumptions about how they know what is real and what isn’t. It will take work. But there are some promising places to start.”
An article from the online magazine Psyche, brought to my attention by Dr. Amy Muse/English, is shared above. It is particularly relevant to Information Literacy and the role it plays/should play in our lives, and society, especially now.
“Knowledge is good for us not only because we generally want to know the truth, but because knowledge dramatically affects our ability to navigate the world and accomplish our goals. Ignorance, on the other hand, is bad for us in that it prevents us from having an accurate representation of the world and stands in the way of our achieving those goals.”
The UST Libraries have a 30-day trial for ProqQest’s One Literature (an upgrade of LION).
To access this trial, go to: https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.stthomas.edu/pq1lit?accountid=14756
“Developed in collaboration with faculty, scholars and librarians, ProQuest One Literature is the largest literature collection ever assembled, giving researchers access to millions of authoritative sources to meet their literary needs.”
Please explore the database and send me questions, comments, endorsements, etc. Talia Nadir, English Liaison. email@example.com
During the month of October, the University of St. Thomas Libraries is conducting a trial for MLA via EBSCO. The electronic version of the bibliography dates back to the 1920s. It contains millions of citations as well as full text for 1,000 journals. It has recently signed an exclusive deal with EBSCO.
Please try it out and provide comments. Click here MLA to access the database.
Please send your comments on this resource to Talia Nadir.
During the month of October we will be trialing Gale Researcher, a database that “gives college students on-the-go access to research materials, peer-reviewed journals, and credible articles through an intuitive platform designed for undergraduate level research.” Gale Researcher enables users to connect to other Gale resources, such as Gale Virtual Reference as well as articles and journals, that our library subscribes to, hereby enhancing access and value to our collections. The database covers a variety of Areas of Study, including American and British Literature, Criminal Justice, Economics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and U.S. and World History. Gale Researcher provides scholarly content and technology-fueled tools, aimed at enabling students to improve their ability to find, evaluate, and apply a range of sources in their research and coursework.
The trial runs through 10/28/2016. Please send comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Literature Online (LION) database now includes content from the MLA International Bibliography, making this a single-point resource for the study and teaching of literature in English. The fully integrated service combines the texts of over 357,000 works of literature with huge resources of criticism and reference. It lets users search across the two leading literary indexes – MLA and the Annual Bibliography of Language and Literature (ABELL) – and link directly to literary criticism and reference from an extensive collection of full-text literature journals.
The MLA add-on module provides over 2 million citation records of books and articles covering literary criticism, modern languages, folklore, and linguistics. Users will now benefit from full integration with the database and features such as:
- Immediate access from MLA citations to full-text journal articles in Literature Online
- Access to full-text articles via Open URL and JSTOR links
- Integration with the extensive library of primary works, criticism, and reference sources in Literature Online
Researchers will be able to cross-search these bibliographies by keyword, title keyword, subject author/reviewer, publication details, journal, and publication year. Give it a try; you won’t be disappointed!
Interested in meeting and having conversations with students from different cultures?
Want to learn about different cultures and meet students with diverse backgrounds?
Interested in improving your conversational (English) skills?
Peer consultants from the UST Center for Writing will be hosting the English Café at Coffee Bené in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, starting on Sunday, September 15th, 2013. The English Café is an effort to bring together both native and non-native English speakers and provide an opportunity to get to know one another in a casual setting.
Students interested in diversity in their UST community can learn about the different cultures present on campus. For non-native speakers, this is also a great opportunity to practice conversational skills.
In addition, peer consultants from the Center for Writing will be available to work with interested students on their assignments at any stage of the writing process.
The English Café will be held on Sunday evenings, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., at Coffee Bené in the library (by the leather room). Students should feel free to bring homework if they would like, and just hang out.
Questions may be directed to Shannon Heitkamp at: email@example.com.