National Preparedness Month Information and Inclusion

September is National Preparedness Month.  Though the month is nearly over, preparedness is always relevant.   How we share and create preparedness information is yet another example of real-world information literacy. The American Red Cross, for example,  has a site on disaster safety for people with special needs.  The American Red Cross has experience dealing with Read More…

Banned Books Week 2018

Banned Books Week (September 23-29) is here again.  This year’s slogan, Banning Books Silences Stories, resonates well with information literacy. We have the Authority is Constructed and Contextual frame (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016), for example.  Who is challenging books, and in what settings do they do so?  Who has the authority to Read More…

Database updates

Over the summer the State of Maine changed database providers.  For us this switch has meant the replacement of some databases with new ones.  We still have databases from outside the statewide suite as well.  If you wonder about a specific database, please check our Databases A-Z list.  If you see a favorite database missing, Read More…

Creativity, info lit, and a summer read

The Searching as Strategic Exploration frame includes creativity and the willingness to go beyond a first try as dispositions (Association of College & research Libraries, 2016).  Similarly Amabile mentions perseverance as a creativity trait (as cited in Conti & Amabile, 2011, p. 148). The book Get it Done also connects perseverance to creativity (Bennett, 2014).  Read More…

Informed video creation

Since instructional videos are a mainstay of online courses, I’m working on one.  The process has raised some important questions: What are my desired outcomes? Is video the best way to address them? Are there already videos addressing them? Does my particular concept suit the subject matter? Can I meet accessibility standards? The accessibility question Read More…

More on slow media and info lit

After last month’s NELIG conference I wanted to learn more about slow media.  The Slow Media Manifesto (Köhler, David, & Blumtritt, 2010 ) lists many aspects of slow media.   Three items speak especially well to information literacy: Köhler et al (2010, Item 5) note how slow media encourage people to be “prosumers,” thoughtful and active media Read More…

Fandom and Info lit

Alexandra Samuel (2018) poses three questions about online fandom.  While the questions defy simple answers, some fan practices model information literacy. For example fans can often expound on a question of interest with evidence from the book, movie, or show.  In research don’t we identify a problem of interest to our communities (Association of College Read More…