Sharing stories

Thanksgiving dinner

Image by Ms Jones from California, USA (Our (Almost Traditional) Thanksgiving Dinner) [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

I hope you can spend Thanksgiving with your loved ones.  As you share a meal, you’ll probably share stories as well.  Librarians have paid attention to information literacy narratives.

Detmering and Johnson (2012) describe how narratives can tell us much about students’ lived experiences of research.  Bonnet et al (2013) look at students’ personal essays in a similar way.  In both cases narrative yields insights that complement other types of data.

I wish you a fun time swapping stories around the dinner table, and a fruitful time swapping stories in the classroom.  I wish you safe travels, too.


Bonnet, J. L., Cordell, S.A., Cordell, J., Duque, G. J., MacKintosh, P.J., & Peters, A. (2013). The apprentice researcher: Using undergraduate researchers’ personal essays to shape instruction and services. Portal: Libraries and the Academy, 13(1), 37-59. doi:10.1353/pla.2013.0007

Detmering, R., & Johnson, A. M. (2012). “Research papers have always seemed very daunting”: Information literacy narratives and the student research experience. Portal: Libraries and the Academy, 12(1), 5-22. doi:10.1353/pla.2012.0004