Year’s best from InfoSavvy

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With the year coming to an end I couldn’t resist creating my own “year’s best” list.  Here are the five most interesting articles (listed alphabetically by author) I’ve read in 2011:

1.  Brady, L., Singh-Corcoran, N., Dadisman, J., & Diamond, K. (2009). A collaborative approach to information literacy: First-year composition, writing center, and library partnerships at West Virginia University.  Composition Forum, 19. Retrieved from http://compositionforum.com

Brady and company describe a partnership among writing instructors, tutors, and librarians.  The appendices (sample research logs) are useful in themselves.

2.  Deitering, A., & Gronemyer, K. (2011). Beyond peer-reviewed articles: Using blogs to enrich students’ understanding of scholarly work. Portal: Libraries and the Academy, 11(1), 489-503. Retrieved from http://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/portal_libraries_and_the_academy/

Deitering and Geonemyer advocate exposing students to less formal scholarly communication, such as blog posts, before exposing them to formal peer-reviewed articles.  I like the example of scaffolding and the acknowledgment of a less traditional genre.

3.  Mack, N. (2002). The ins, outs, and in-betweens of multigenre writing. English Journal, 92(2), 91-98.  Retrieved from http://www.ncte.org/journals/ej

Mack relates her experiences assigning a multigenre project.  She wisely cautions about the need to focus on content and meaning, and not on genres for their own sake.  Though I have read about multigenre assignments before, this is also a rare example from the higher education setting.

4.  Roozen, K. (2008). Journalism, poetry, stand-up comedy, and academic literacy: Mapping the interplay of curricular and extracurricular literate activities. Journal of Basic Writing, 27(1), 5-34.  Retrieved from http://orgs.tamu-commerce.edu/cbw/cbw/JBW.html

Roozen documents how one student gained academic writing skills by writing poetry and stand-up comedy material.  This article demonstrates how the student’s academic life can interact with his or her life outside of school.   We often tell students to pick topics of personal interest for academic projects: this piece shows the value of such advice.

5.  Zboray, R. J., & Zboray, M. S. (2009). Is it a diary, commonplace book, scrapbook, or whatchamacallit?: Six years of exploration in New England’s manuscript archives. Libraries & the Cultural Record, 44(1), 101-123. doi:10.1353/lac.0.0055

Zboray and Zboray discuss the blurring of genres in manuscripts from antebellum times.  They make a most intriguing parallel between this hybridization and the genre-blending we see in today’s online environment.

Obviously I have read other fine articles this year.  All the same I wanted to share some personal favorites.   Here’s wishing you some fine readings in the coming year!