Category Archives: Communication

Have you met CORA yet?


“Loyola Marymount University is pleased to announce the launch of CORA, the Community of Online Research Assignments. Pay a visit to CORA here: .

CORA is on online, open access repository of research and information literacy assignments. All assignments contributed to
the collection are released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by other educators, allowing the assignments to be enhanced by user feedback.

Assignments are searchable by discipline, information literacy concept, ability level, or keyword. There is also a “Teaching Toolkit” section with the following resource types: Pedagogy/Learning Theory, Assessment, Blog, Classroom Activity, Technology Tip, Subject Guide/Research Guide, Citation Tool, Info Lit Tutorial, and Syllabus. The development of CORA was funded by a SCELC Project Initiatives Fund grant. We welcome your contributions to this virtual community of practice! We especially welcome assignments related to source evaluation and fake news.

Susan Gardner Archambault, Head of Reference & Instruction | William H. Hannon Library | Loyola Marymount University |

Latest news from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

Teen Book Finder Database

Have you heard about YALSA’s Teen Book Finder Database? It’s the newest and easiest way to check out YALSA’s book and media award winners from past years. This free resource is searchable by award, list name, year, author, genre, and more. Users can create customizable and printable lists and even locate books in nearby libraries. The database will eventually replace our book and media list pages on our website. Check it out here!

New 2017 Selected Booklists!

Have you checked out our newest booklists? They’re all available now!

Beginning this month, Amazing Audiobooks, Quick Picks and Popular Paperbacks are being transitioned over to The Hub. More details on this transition can be found here. These are the only selected lists that will be changing in 2017.

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Can you spare a moment for a survey on advocacy tools?

CMLE members – we are passing this on to give you a chance to share your views on the tools the profession is providing for you to help you advocate. As you know, at CMLE Headquarters we are BIG fans of advocacy!! And we recognize it’s tough to do alone. So we provide some resources, and so does the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC).

Is it what you need?? Share your views, to make things better for everyone!

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Book Recommendations from the American Indians in Children’s Literature (AICL)

After talking with several of our members, I know that collecting and recommending books that adequately speak to the American Indian experience is important – and a challenge! We want to be sure we are passing on the best information to our patrons and community members; so it is good to get some expert advice.

I wanted to share this information and blog, by Debbie Reese – a member of the Nambe Owingeh tribe. Her blog is called American Indians in Children’s Literature, and has not only book recommendations but also a lot of very valuable information to help library people (and others) to understand books an information in this area.

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Why is federal government data disappearing?

Censored section of Green Illusions by Ozzie Zehner

Your library probably uses federal data to help your patrons with their research and information needs. You definitely have access to an enormous amount of information, generally presumed to be reliable and valid, produced by an enormous range of federal agencies – all paid for with tax dollars and belonging to all of us.

Libraries of all types have relied on being able to provide this information to our communities – health information from the CDC, planning visits to our national parks, NASA ideas on space travel, photos from your state in the National Archives, knowing what shots to get before traveling from the Dept of Health and Human Services, information on worker’s rights from the Dept of Labor, studies done on pesticides and industrial waste in the water and soil in your neighborhood from the EPA, plans for bridge safety from the Dept of Transportation, George Carlin’s FBI file, raising chickens in your back yard from the Dept of Agriculture, and so much more.

But some of this information is disappearing, and for libraries – committed as a profession to providing and sharing information freely – this is a serious problem. In addition to the ethical challenges of hiding and censoring information, this reduces the material we can share with our communities – always a problem for us!! Continue reading Why is federal government data disappearing?