Summer brings us farmers’ markets and farm stands. These places are interesting sites of information exchange. Many vendors–and customers–are ready to share recipes and cooking tips. Indeed such information is often shared informally.
Also the farmers know about the produce from their experience growing it. In other words they are authorities.
Academic research involves different information channels and different types of authority. This point speaks to two of the ACRL frames: Authority Is Constructed and Contextual, and Information Creation as a Process (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2015).
Where else do we informally share information with experienced practitioners? On that note I’ll close with a salute to farmers and gardeners.
Association of College & Research Libraries. (2015). Framework for information literacy for higher education. Retrieved from ACRL