It’s been too long since my last blog post. Too many projects!
Well, I thought I’d blog about one of those projects: I’ve worked on creating research guides at my library that focus on current events. So far, I’ve done guides on the Occupy Movement, the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, and the killing of Osama bin Laden. It’s a good way to:
- direct patrons to trustworthy information (e.g., the Wikipedia page for Occupy Wall Street is tagged for a “neutrality” check)
- promote the library’s digital resources
- spotlight books in the collection, and
- demonstrate that the library is at the forefront of the ever-changing information environment
We use the popular LibGuides program at my institution. It’s easy to create individual guides and you have some flexibility for organizing your content. Of course, you could always create a simple webpage, too.
In my current events guides, I generally try to provide the following information:
- Brief intro to the topic
- Latest headlines (RSS feed via Google News or Yahoo News)
- News & Media sources
- Embedded Video (e.g., PBS Video–particularly Frontline and News Hour clips, C-SPAN Video Library, and CBS News allows embedding of its individual news clips)
- Background Info (e.g., CQ Researcher database articles)
- Catalog search & a few selected book titles on the topic
- List of relevant databases to search for articles on the topic
- Suggested keywords/search terms
- Primary sources
Once you have the guide published, make sure and provide a direct link from your library homepage, and promote it on the library’s blog, Facebook, and Twitter accounts. If particularly pertinent, send out an email or contact individual faculty members/teachers.
There are lots of great examples of libraries that have put together current events guides. Here are a few select ones:
- Government Documents: Libya – University of South Alabama
- Wisconsin State Budget – University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Current Events – Bowling Green State University
- Middle East & North Africa – Framingham State University
- WikiLeaks – Rhode Island College
- Occupy Movement Research Guide – York University, Canada
Know of a good current events guide? Share it here!