Info Lit and Music Videos

Destrehan Plantation House, Louisiana
By prayitno (Flickr: Destrehan Plantation) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
Jenny Ferretti (Maryland Institute College of Art) created a research guide to Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade.  The guide helps users learn more about the poetry, films, etc. that inspired the album (Ferretti, 2017).

Indeed research can result in products beyond the traditional paper.  Of course papers still have a place (especially in a writing course), and we still want students to credit sources.  All the same can we imagine alternative ways–such as videos–for students to present research?  The resources I mentioned last week offer some ideas.  At the very least we can discuss why we choose the term paper over other formats.  The Information Creation as a Process frame (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2015) mentions how “information creations are valued differently in different contexts, such as academia” (para. 2).

The Scholarship as Conversation frame (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2015) applies as well.  After all Beyoncé conversed with her collaborators, and the team conversed with the sources (the poems, films, etc.).

The upcoming Grammy Awards celebrate recordings.  Those recordings come from engagement with information.


Association of College & Research Libraries. (2015).  Framework for information literacy for higher education.  Retrieved from ACRL website:

Ferretti, J. (2017). Beyoncé’s Lemonade and information resources. Retrieved from

P.S. The guide linked to a blog post about the locations in Lemonade.  Destrehan Plantation, featured in the above image, is one of those spots.

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