Common Craft has recently rolled out a new video in which leefever explained what digital literacy is all about. I love Leefevr video explanations and I think students will find them much easier to follow and comprehend.
Literacy is the first human invention that has transformed the human life forever. It is thanks to literacy that human thinking developed to include more abstract and syllogistic concepts which constituted the foundational pillars of science. Literacy also enabled humans to build a civilization through the encoding and sharing of collective wisdom.
We had such an exciting PD session yesterday! Naomi Bates brought so much energy to the session, and formed a connection between her and the participants throughout her presentation. As one of our participants put it, ...
Michael Corleone advises us to “keep your friends close but your enemies closer” (Godfather, Part II). As librarians and educators work to further develop the information literacy movement, we need to consider the perspective of those who work against our goal of developing citizens who can inform themselves in an objective manner. An example of this class of rivals that poses a particularly poignant threat to the health of democratic institutions is the demagogue, a public figure who employs disinformation to inflame people’s fear and anger, thereby securing for the demagogue a greater percentage of the votes, a larger chunk of the viewership. I believe that a careful examination of the motivations and techniques of past demagogues can put information literacy educators in a better position to help their students critically evaluate inflammatory political communications.
The Journal of Creative Library Practice (a journal of which I am an editor) has just published a though-piece by Mark Lenker, “Information Literacy vs. the Demagogue.” If you've ever wondered what Senator McCarthy, master ...
Integrating Information Literacy in First-Year Student Programs This is a resource/ additional reading page for a webcast that will be delivered on February 5, 2014. I will be updating this post between now and then, so check ...
As an information literacy instructor at Auburn University, it has been a perpetual struggle to teach students how to successfully search for library resources when they come to their one-time library sessions with only a broad paper topic and no idea how to narrow it down. A student recently told me regarding an English composition due in a few days, “The topic is so broad, I can’t pick an argument. I don’t even know where to start.” I began encouraging students to use a resource that they feel comfortable with as a starting point—Wikipedia.
There is a Call for Papers for the IFLA Information Literacy Section Satellite Meeting taking place in Limerick, Ireland, August 14-15 2014. The conference title is Facing the Future: Librarians and Information Literacy in a Changing Landscape.
The panel was on the theme of Locations of Literacy, and the other panelists discussed Cultural Literacy, Civic Literacy, and Environmental Literacy. I, of course, talked about Information Literacy. Here is a close approximation ...
Two new articles from the open access journal Collaborative Librarianship. Gardner, C. and White-Farnham, J. (2013) “She Has a Vocabulary I Just Don’t Have”: Faculty Culture and Information Literacy Collaboration.
Digital literacy helps you communicate and keep pace with modern global developments. In the social media and network integration literacy not only gives people a platform to come into contact, share desired knowledge but also help them do business promotion and transactions. The idea is very frequently being adopted by the young generation by connecting via social media, e.g. LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.
The PRIMO site of the month for December 2013 was the Bowman Library Research Skills Tutorial. PRIMO is a database of recommended online resources for teaching information literacy, on the ACRL website.
Linda Mercer's insight:
Nice site. A variety of ways to explain the concepts. Quizzes at the end of each unit are excellent!
While the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education are currently in force, during 2013-14, an ACRL task force is extensively revising them. Read more, and participate in an open forum during Fall 2014 or listen to recordings afterwards.