American Archives Month 2019

  October is American Archives Month.  When we think of archives, do we consider what people are represented, what people are underrepresented, or how people are represented? For example the University of Maine has digitized early back issues of Le F.A.R.O.G. Forum, a Franco-American newspaper.  A December 1976 cartoon shows a grandmother frog–The frog is Read More…

Listicle Literacy

As I write my staycation to-do lists, I think of how listicles play a large role in blogging culture.  According to Wikipedia, a listicle “uses a list as its thematic structure, but is fleshed out with sufficient copy to be published as an article” (Listicle, 2018, para. 1).  Examples include my 2018 Top  Articles post. Read More…

Info lit and International Zine Month

July is International Zine Month.  What are zines in the first place?  Vassar College Libraries (2019) describe them as “a DIY, self-published medium, incorporating voices and narratives frequently absent from more traditional publishing venues (What’s a Zine section).” How do they relate to information literacy?   The ACRL Framework includes informal channels for distributing information (Association Read More…

The Seventh Annual Savvies

The InfoSavvy movie awards are upon us once again.  This year’s Savvies go to: 9 to 5 (1980). Dir. Colin Higgins, written by Patricia Resnick (story and screenplay) & Colin Higgins (screenplay). Starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, & Dolly Parton. Hidden Figures (2016). Dir. Theodore Melfi, written by Allison Schroeder  & Theodore Melfi (screenplay), based on Read More…

News Sources in the Research Process

At this point in the semester students are still doing initial research.  Though scholarly journal articles have their place, let’s give other information sources their due.  Let’s take newspaper articles, for example. News articles can inspire potential research topics.  Think of the “bug lists” that we encourage students to create. These articles can serve as Read More…

Cyber Security and Information Literacy

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.  Issues of information privacy and security can be seen in the ACRL Framework. The Introduction notes the need to monitor the changing information landscape and use information ethically (Association of College and Research Libraries, 2016).  Privacy concerns are part of the information landscape, and honoring another’s privacy is 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…