Podcasts and the Information Landscape

While I was watching a favorite Masterpiece! series, I learned about the Masterpiece Studio podcast.  Then I learned about the Circulating Ideas podcast through one of my professional lists.  What do the experiences say about information literacy? I learned about my chosen podcasts in context, in my recreational setting and my work setting respectively.  Information is Read More…

Media you can use

With the recent heat I couldn’t resist using a snowman image.  I also use it to make a point about information use. Once I saw a flyer with the image of Olaf, the snowman from Disney’s Frozen.Disney generally protects its copyright.  Stanford University’s Fair Use Project even spliced together Disney footage to make a point about Read More…

Home movies and the value of information

Last summer I had some 8 mm. home movies digitized.  The process brought home–Pun very much intended!–how information has value. The Information has Value frame notes the “skills, time, and effort needed to produce knowledge” (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016, Information has Value section, Dispositions subsection).  I will retain the term “knowledge” here Read More…

The Fifth Annual Savvies

Wow, the fifth annual InfoSavvy Movie Awards are here!  To honor this milestone I have focused on comedies (with one romantic suspense movie).  This year’s Savvies go to: For Overall Film: The Associate (1996): Dir. Donald Petrie; Written by Jenaro Prieto (Book), Jean-Claude Carrière, René Gainville, & Nick Thiel (Screenplay); Starring Whoopi Goldberg, Dianne Wiest, Read More…

Info Lit and Fake News

Lately we’ve heard so much buzz about fake news.  As fake news has long been with us–perhaps as long as we’ve had news, let’s keep the hype in perspective.  Still, we can’t ignore the context in which we currently share news. Social media allow us to share news on an unprecedented scale, which leaves little time Read More…

Info Lit and Music Videos

Jenny Ferretti (Maryland Institute College of Art) created a research guide to Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade.  The guide helps users learn more about the poetry, films, etc. that inspired the album (Ferretti, 2017). Indeed research can result in products beyond the traditional paper.  Of course papers still have a place (especially in a writing course), and Read More…

The Info Lit of Soaps

The recent vacation allowed me to watch my favorite soap operas.  Between vacations I keep up with the shows through a soap magazine.  The magazine contains story recaps, casting news, star profiles, and fan comments.  Indeed it serves an audience of fans. On the other hand an article such as “Studying Soap Operas” (Soukup, 2016) Read More…

Making and information

    June 17-23 marked the National Week of Making.  You may have heard about makerspaces, often in libraries, where people can create things: See, for example, Scott’s blog post (2016).  Though projects differ, they involve information. Making doesn’t happen in a vacuum.  Makers use information about techniques or equipment.  If they are creating something Read More…

The Fourth Annual Savvies

Welcome to the fourth annual InfoSavvy Movie Awards!  As usual the credits come from IMDB.  Let’s get right to this year’s winners. For outstanding movie: The Social Network (2010): Dir. David Fincher; Written by Aaron Sorkin (screenplay) & Ben Mezrich (book); Starring  Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake. Information literacy concerns the whole information ecosystem, Read More…

Blogs and scholarly conversation

Image by Lisa Risager from Denmark (WordPress 10th anniversary  Uploaded by palnatoke) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons As a blogger I follow some favorite blogs.  A recent post in one of them highlighted research as a conversation. LaGuardia (2015) summarized the first two phases of a Project Information Literacy study.  Phase 1 interviews Read More…