ACRL releases Framing Information Literacy

The Libraries is pleased to announce the publication of a six-volume set, Framing Information Literacy: Teaching Grounded in Theory, Pedagogy, and Practice, by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

The series is edited by Janna Mattson, Instructional & Social Sciences Librarian at Mason, and Mary Oberlies, Undergraduate Engagement Librarian and Assistant Librarian at University of Oregon (and former Peace and Conflict Studies Librarian at Mason). Janna, Mary, and other current and former Mason librarians (Theresa Calcagno, Maoria Kirker, Laura Jenemann, and Helen McManus) also contributed as authors

In conjunction with the release of Framing Information Literacy, ACRL is offering a series of six webinars corresponding with the topics of each volume. Mason Libraries’ Janna Mattson, Maoria Kirker, and Helen McManus are among the presenters.

Framing Information Literacy aims to address the teaching anxiety and insecurity librarians often experience in relation to providing instruction on information literacy. The series captures the knowledge and practice of fifty-eight teacher librarians and five teaching faculty from forty-one institutions – an invaluable tool to help others form their own approaches to teaching information literacy.

For more information, see ACRL’s recent press release and eLearning announcement.

The price of going paperless

Ever wonder how much it costs to digitize materials? Or how many documents the University Records Center manages? Check out this recent article by Samara Carter, University Records Manager!

“Despite the increasing amount of businesses using digital platforms, paper still exists in massive quantities in the records management world. The University Records Center here at Mason houses 12,500 boxes of paper records. In terms of the individual sheets of paper, some calculations estimate we have more than 30 million documents.

In spite of the large number of boxes and the even more staggering number of individual documents housed therein, University Records Management frequently fields the question, “why can’t you just scan it all?” If we leave aside the question of ownership and confidentiality of the records (no small part of the equation, but this is not the topic today), the largest factor to consider is the cost…”

Read more on the Special Collections Research blog!

OER Metafinder continues to receive positive reviews

Five months after its launch, the OER Metafinder continues to receive favorable attention! The expanding list of libraries and other organizations linking to the Metafinder is now at 188 (and may be viewed at!

Just last week, we received a great review from the editor of Best of the Business Web, who called it “a fabulous site for locating top-notch open educational resources (OER) on countless topics, including, of course, business.”

For more information and reviews, see our previous press release.