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Information Literacy – Now More Than Ever

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017


University of Vermont students have more access to information now than they have ever had in their lives. Yet rarely do students come to us with a complex understanding of the information they encounter. As teachers, how do we guide our students through a complicated information landscape and help them become better researchers and more informed writers?

Information literacy is more than a discrete set of skills. Students must understand the context in which information resides. A request to find appropriate information on a topic assumes that students will understand why a certain resource may or may not be appropriate for a given audience. A request to find scholarly articles on a topic assumes that a student understands how scholarly articles are produced and contribute to disciplinary conversations. To be effective teachers of information literacy is to explicitly attend to the contextual questions of “how” and “why” that are so often overlooked. Information literacy is an iterative, progressive, and scaffolded set of skills, abilities, and habits of mind.


> taught across all years of the student experience.

> embedded throughout the process of identifying topics, posing questions, reading, research, and synthesizing information to create final products.

> relevant to all disciplines and across all disciplines.

> collaboratively taught in partnership between librarians, faculty, and students.

> assessed through assignments and coursework.

The Association of College and Research Libraries, which guides and supports information literacy in higher education, defines information literacy as: “The set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning.”


Expectations for understanding information literacy, conducting research, and writing are different in all disciplines. As learners and practitioners, our understanding of information literacy is constantly developing.

Students learn about information literacy most effectively when it is integrated throughout the curriculum. UVM’s Writing and Information Literacy General Education outcome helps address the teaching and learning of information literacy, and writing through the collaboration of librarians and faculty.

At UVM two initiatives are in place to structure this progression by combining the interrelated practices of writing and information literacy:

Foundational Writing and Information Literacy (FWIL) is designed to meet the needs of first-year students. Courses that fulfill this requirement address information literacy, critical reading, revision, and the ability to adapt one’s writing to a particular audience and situation.

Writing and Information Literacy in the Disciplines (WILD) works with departments to develop a curricular approach to teaching information literacy and writing across a student’s four-year undergraduate experience.

As students move past college they will continue to engage with the concepts of information literacy and use the skills that they have developed at UVM. In many professions, information literacy manifests itself through the use of evidence-based practices that help inform decisions and actions.


As citizens in a complex global society, UVM graduates will face demands to critically engage with information, generate knowledge, and solve problems in a variety of personal, professional, and civic contexts. UNESCO’s Alexandria Proclamation on Information Literacy and Lifelong Learning describes information literacy as a basic human right in a digital world that promotes social inclusion. In this larger context, information literacy can be transformative and provides a means for understanding the economic, political, and social forces that impact people’s ability to access information in order to educate themselves and facilitate change.


We invite you to work with your subject librarian to integrate and sequence information literacy into your classes and across the curriculum. Contact your librarian to start the conversation.

Librarians can work with you to:

> develop information literacy outcomes for your course.

> support specific assignments through targeted instruction.

> create tutorials and guides to enhance student learning outside the classroom.

> collaborate to create and assess effective assignments.

Continuum of Librarian Support for Information Literacy

> Point-of-need assistance is available through various Ask A Librarian reference services.

> Student research support is available through individual and group consultations with librarians.

> Library instruction is available for individual courses to support specific research needs.

Programmatic information literacy is integrated into the curriculum in cooperation with faculty across campus.


> Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. Association of College and Research Libraries. (2016).

> Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey 2015.Wolff, C., Rod, A.B., & Schonfeld, R.C. (2016).

> Project Information Literacy. Information School, University of Washington. (2016).

Come Celebrate!

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Government Information Open House and Groundhog’s Day Celebration

Thursday February 2nd

11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Government Information, Ground Floor of Bailey/Howe


Come celebrate the opening of our brand new Government Information area and Groundhog Day! There will be tours, groundhog themed snacks, prizes, button making and plenty of fun.  We hope to see you there!


The World’s Most Mysterious Manuscript

Friday, January 13th, 2017

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The World’s Most Mysterious Manuscript: Theories on Its Origin and Use

Presented by Ray Clemens, Curator of Early Books & Manuscripts, Yale University

Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 6:00 pm

Special Collections, Bailey/Howe Library


Ray Clemens will talk about the Voynich manuscript, an early 15th-century codex that has been called the world’s most mysterious book. The book was written by hand in an unknown language that no one has yet been able to decipher. Colorful illustrations of unidentifiable plants, zodiac signs, astronomical and cosmological diagrams, and naked women in bathing pools add to the mystery.

Clemens is the editor of The Voynich Manuscript, which was published by the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library and Yale University Press in 2016. The facsimile volume, with new color photographs of the original manuscript and reproductions of its unusual folded sections, includes six essays that provide historical, cryptographic, forensic, and alchemical perspectives on the manuscript’s origins, owners, and meaning. The manuscript can also be viewed online.

Ray Clemens is the Curator, Early Books & Manuscripts at Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. He previously served as Acting Director of the Newberry Library’s Center for Renaissance Studies and was an Associate Professor of History at Illinois State University. Clemens is the co-author, with Timothy Graham, of Introduction to Manuscript Studies.  His research interests include medieval hagiography, Renaissance cartography, and the history of the book.

The presentation is sponsored by UVM Special Collections and the College of Arts and Sciences Medieval Studies Lecture Series. It is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, email uvmsc@uvm.edu or call 656-2138.

Visitor parking information.

Illustration credit: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University

Resources on the “Smallest Freedom Fighter”

Friday, January 13th, 2017


Explore materials celebrating the “Smallest Freedom Fighter,” Sheyann Webb-Christburg, before she comes to present at UVM on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. in Ira Allen Chapel. Check out our wide selection of books and documentaries detailing various stages of the Civil Rights Movement.

Selma, Lord, Selma: Girlhood Memories of the Civil Rights Movement, by Sheyann Webb-Christburg

Selma’s Peacemaker, by Ralph Schmeltzer

Selma, 1965, by Charles E. Fager

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Selma, Lord, Selma and Eyes on the Prize (DVD 9176 and DVD 5909)

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New Films from Bailey/Howe’s Media Resources

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Don’t forget to de-stress with some new films from Bailey/Howe Library’s Media Resources, located on the Ground Floor. A complete list of new movies can always be found here, but below are a select few!


The Wailing –  DVD 11866


“The Wailing” is an expansive and often excruciating horror film from South Korea. It is the work of the director Na Hong-jin, whose 2009 debut feature, the action thriller “The Chaser” made a huge impression not least for its almost staggering flouting of genre convention. “The Wailing,” about demonic possession, is similarly uncompromising… I was so invested with Jong-gu and his family that as the suspense, violence and worse ratcheted up, I was not merely scared, but heartbroken…Handle with care.” – Glenn Kenny, The New York Times


Hunt for the Wilderpeople – DVD 11894


The coming-of-age tale, the on-the-run road movie, the buddy comedy, the boy’s adventure story — all genres that require a steady hand and a singular sensibility, and all of which you’ll find in Taika Waititi’s goofy, giddy mash-up about two fugitives fleeing authorities in the New Zealand bush. – David Fear, Rolling Stone


Night Will Fall – DVD 11872


As the WWII tide turned in their direction in 1944-45, the Allied forces had more than military liberation on their minds: They wanted to win the propaganda war as well, to forever discredit Nazism in Germany and around the world. Commissioned by the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force, shot by combat and newsreel cameramen accompanying troops as they liberated occupied Europe, and supervised by a remarkable team, the film “German Concentration Camps Factual Survey” was intended to be their weapon. But politics prevented the pic’s completion and distribution, as recounted in British helmer Andre Singer’s powerful, must-see documentary “Night Must Fall,” which chronicles the untold story of the film’s history. – Alissa Simon, Variety


OJ: Made in America –  DVD 11874


Ezra Edelman’s stunningly ambitious, eight-hour documentary is a masterpiece, a refined piece of investigative journalism that places the subject it illuminates into the broader context of the end of the 20th century. You may think you know everything about The Trial of the Century, …but “OJ: Made in America” not only fills in details about the case but offers background and commentary that you’ve never heard before. It is an examination of race, domestic abuse, celebrity, civil rights, the LAPD, the legal process and murder over the last fifty years, using the OJ Simpson story as a way to refract society. Its length may seem daunting, but I would have watched it for another eight hours and will almost certainly watch it again before the summer is over. It’s that good. – Brian Tallerico, Rogerebert.com


Take a Hike

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Backpacker recognizes UVM as one of the top 20 best colleges for hikers. To explore Vermont’s amazing hikes, check out one of these trail guides. (Click on the title to find the book’s location and call number.)

  Long Trail Guide, 27th edition


Winter hiking guide to Vermont : day trips on snowshoes, spikes and more

Boost use and visibility of your scholarship with open access

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Open Access Event 2017

Boost use and visibility of your scholarship with open access
October 26, 2016, noon – 1:30 pm
Davis Center 422 (Jost Foundation room)

Join the University of Vermont Libraries in celebrating Open Access Week (October 24 – 30, 2016) on October 26th with a panel discussion in the Davis Center’s Jost Foundation Room at noon. Light refreshments will be served.

A growing movement is using tools such as open access journals and repositories to transform scholarly communications on a global scale. Open access refers to literature and published research results that are made available online without access restrictions or fees and with minimal restrictions on use.

Featured speaker Dr. Meredith Niles presents “Creating an open access impact within and beyond the university.” In this talk Niles will discuss what open access is and how you can make your work more open, as well as dispel some of the myths that exist about open access.  Dr. Niles will also reveal how open access has helped her in her career and ways that open access has advanced scientific research and public benefit globally.

Library associate professors Laurie Kutner and Donna O’Malley will share useful information about open access resources available to the University of Vermont community, including ScholarWorks @ UVM, an institutional repository and open access publishing tool that is sponsored by the UVM Libraries.

If you’re interested in Scholar Works @ UVM (http://scholarworks.uvm.edu), or in learning more about open access efforts at UVM, contact Donna O’Malley at donna.omalley@uvm.edu or 802-656-4415

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Dr. Meredith Niles is an assistant professor in the Food Systems Program and Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at the University of Vermont. She completed her BA in politics at The Catholic University of America and a PhD in Ecology at the University of California at Davis. Meredith was a post-doctorate research fellow in sustainability science at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government where she also collaborated with the Harvard Business School on a dairy sustainability case study with Nestle. Dr. Niles’ work focuses on the nexus of agriculture, food and environment specifically climate change and food security and farmers’ adoption of sustainable practices and perceptions of environmental policies. Dr. Niles is a long-time advocate of open access as an early career researcher. She has been recognized for her leadership in open access policy, as a key member of a coalition that helped pass the first state open access legislation for public health research in California. She also served as the Director of Legislative Affairs for the US National Association of Graduate-Professional Students representing more than 600,000 students in Washington D.C. where she worked with the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Research Coalition (SPARC) to advocate for federal policies for open access, data and educational materials. She is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Public Library of Science (PLOS) as their first ever early career researcher, and she’s been recognized for her open access leadership by receiving the inaugural “Next Generation Leadership Award” from the Right to Research Coalition.

Laurie Kutner

Laurie Kutner is a Library Associate Professor in the Information and Instruction Services Department at Baily/Howe Library. She is the subject liaison to the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, the Environmental Program, Anthropology, Geography, and Global and Regional Studies. Laurie is interested in disparities in information access on a global scale, and she conducts work in Monteverde, Costa Rica, building open access digital collections of research-based materials generated there. Her scholarship has focused on these projects in the context of global information equity; internationalization and the academic library; and environmental information literacy. She has worked with libraries in Costa Rica and Peru.

Donna O'Malley

Donna O’Malley is a Library Associate Professor in the Dana Medical Library where she coordinates digital projects and systems. Donna leads the UVM Libraries Institutional Repository group, coordinating the growth and development of ScholarWorks @ UVM. Donna’s research interests center on scholarly communication, including software tools for accessing and organizing published scholarship, as well as methods for facilitating the publishing and sharing of research. She is the recipient of two awards that funded the addition of digital images of the library’s medical history collections to ScholarWorks @ UVM. She has published several journal articles on the efforts of librarians to promote faculty scholarship.

Powerful Paper

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016


The current exhibit in Special Collections presents selections from works produced by three hand papermaking projects, Combat Paper, the People’s Republic of Paper, and Panty Pulping. For Linen Series and Combat Paper, veterans and papermakers transformed military uniforms into paper, and then printed words and images about their experiences as soldiers and veterans on to the sheets. Panty Pulping calls for an end to sexual and domestic violence through creative transformation, and participants in a Panty Pulping workshop made the paper for Unmentionables from their own underwear.

Free and open to the public. For more information, email uvmsc@uvm.edu or call 656-2138.

Uncle Sam Wants You: Vermont, the First World War, and the Making of Modern America

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016



Uncle Sam Wants You: Vermont, the First World War, and the Making of Modern America
Christopher Capozzola
Thursday, October 27, 6-7:30 pm
Special Collections, Bailey/Howe Library

Christopher Capozzola, Associate Professor of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will draw on the history of Vermont communities to explore a crucial moment in America’s history and its lessons a century later. In April 1917, when Uncle Sam pointed at Americans and said, “I Want YOU,” how did they respond? How did they mobilize schools, churches, and communities to support the war? And how did they monitor and suppress their anti-war neighbors?

Capozzola is the author of Uncle Sam Wants You: World War I and the Making of the Modern American Citizen. He has appeared in World War I documentaries for History, Who Do You Think You Are?, and History Detectives, and is the co-curator of “The Volunteers: Americans Join World War I,” an exhibition about American civilians who volunteered in Europe during and after the First World War.

The presentation is co-sponsored by the History Department, UVM Libraries Special Collections, the Center for Research on Vermont and the UVM Humanities Center. It is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, email uvmsc@uvm.edu or call 656-2138.

Visitor parking information.

Participate in Bailey/Howe’s Annual Halloween Costume Contest!

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

2016 Halloween Promo

This year on Monday, October 31st, 2016, the Bailey/Howe Library will be hosting its Annual Halloween Costume Contest. Students, staff, and faculty are all encouraged to participate by wearing a costume, stopping by for a photo, and leaving their email address so that we can notify the winners. Photos will be posted on the Libraries’ social media outlets (Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter), and will be judged by the number of “likes” they receive! Start planning your costume now in order to win some sweet UVM Libraries swag!

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