Negotiating the learning curve

By Pang Kakit (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
Recently I had to upgrade my phone.  To learn about Apple products and better serve my Mac-speaking patrons I bought an iPhone.  Since I’d never owned an Apple device, I ‘ve faced a learning curve–negotiated through information.

I’ve spoken with technicians in-store, Apple support staff online, and more experienced iPhone users.  As I noted in my farmers’ market post (8/18/16), expertise gets shared through both formal and informal channels.  Since I picked these experts for their knowledge of iPhones, I’m also recognizing authority in that area (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016, Authority is Constructed and Contextual section).

Also important has been planning how I learn about the phone.  Learning too much about the phone at one time could be overwhelming.  I prioritized the functions I needed the most and learned those first.   I keep prioritizing the functions I want to learn.  Then I gather the information on those.  The ACRL Framework even refers to searching as strategic exploration (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016).  The searching need not be limited to database searching.

For the next two weeks I’ll be on hiatus.  Stay tuned for updates upon my return.


Association of College & Research Libraries. (2016). Framework for information literacy for higher education. Retrieved from ACRL website :

P.S. The iPhone image and the mention of iPhones do not mean an endorsement.  I don’t recommend a product to others, as their needs may differ from mine.

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