Project Information Literacy

In case you haven’t heard of Project Information Literacy, they are a nonprofit that partners with University of Washington’s information school devoted to studying research habits of early adults. They have lots of really fascinating information on how college students do their research.

Check out their many useful reports, available free.

I really enjoyed their report “Lessons Learned: How College Students Seek Information in the Digital Age,” so much that I created an infographic of its basic findings. Google actually ISN’T no. 1 for course-related research – course readings are. Students tend to seek information from course readings and their instructors before they approach librarians.

Check out my infographic here: How College Students Seek Information.

Happy Open Access Week!

Good morning, and Happy Open Access Week! Is your library celebrating?

Here in ASU Government Documents, I put together a modest display, complete with clever OA posters from East Carolina University and some eye-catching (and un-copyrighted, so fully re-usable) Government Documents:

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Hayden Library 3rd Floor, Tempe

Also at ASU, we’ve got a thriving digital repository. Our State and Local Arizona Documents Collection alone has more than 5,300 digital docs, and we’re adding new ones everyday. (/End shameless GovDocs self-promotion).

If you’re looking for more neat-o copyright-free stuff, ASU Librarian Anali Perry recommends NASA’s Flickr account, which has AMAZING photos. If you need an OA refresher, she also has a great Library Minute video explaining Open Access:

As for special events, the University of Arizona‘s University Libraries is hosting a panel today titled “In Defense of the Book: The Future of the Scholarly Monograph.” It will be held at noon today in Special Collections.

It’s not too late to put up your own display, if you haven’t already! As I mentioned earlier, East Carolina University has some nifty graphics you can use. The official Open Access website has images and posters for free download that you can use in your display, as does ARL’s SPARC.

How is your library celebrating Open Access Week? I’d love to host your guest post, or leave a comment below!

AzLA Conference Update: Last chance for early bird registration

Register now for the 2013 AzLA Annual Conference! It’s happening November 13 – 15 at the Radisson Fort McDowell.

Conference registration AND hotel rates are going up after October 11th!

Check out the schedule of programs.

Get directions to Radisson Fort McDowell. It’s a short drive from Phoenix.

This year’s keynote speaker is Jamie LaRue, director of Douglas County Libraries headquartered in Castle Rock, Colorado.

Hope to see you there!