The mystery of info lit

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My summer reading includes mystery novels.  Rhonda Harris Taylor (2005) has looked at such novels in light of information literacy–even invoking the ACRL Standards.

Taylor notes that the antagonist initially controls the information, especially about his or her identity (2005, p. 13).  To bring the villain to justice the protagonist must find, manage,

and evaluate the clues.  Examples from three established mystery series (James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club series, Laurie King’s Mary Russell series, and Robert B.

Parker’s Spenser series) illustrate the point.

I couldn’t resist sharing an article that brings together leisure reading and information literacy!  Enjoy your summer reading.  Enjoy your summer.


Taylor, R.H. (2005). “It’s about who controls the information”: Mystery antagonists and information literacy. Clues, 24(1), 7-17. doi: 10.3200/CLUS.24.1.7-17