The Eighth Annual Savvies

We could use some distraction at this time. For distraction with information literacy content, let’s hold the long-delayed InfoSavvy Movie Awards.    The Savvies go to (in alphabetical order by title): Akeelah and the bee (2006). Dir. Doug Atchison; Written by Doug Atchison. Starring Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Keke Palmer. A middle schooler pursues her Read More…

Valentine’s Day Cards as Information

I had planned to write a Valentine’s Day post, but inspiration struck afterward.  In episode 2 of  A Very British Romance, host Lucy Worsley visited a collection of Victorian Valentine’s Day cards. Firstly she placed these cards in the context of the era’s culture and printing industry.  Commercial cards were available to those with the Read More…

American Archives Month 2019

  October is American Archives Month.  When we think of archives, do we consider what people are represented, what people are underrepresented, or how people are represented? For example the University of Maine has digitized early back issues of Le F.A.R.O.G. Forum, a Franco-American newspaper.  A December 1976 cartoon shows a grandmother frog–The frog is Read More…

Listicle Literacy

As I write my staycation to-do lists, I think of how listicles play a large role in blogging culture.  According to Wikipedia, a listicle “uses a list as its thematic structure, but is fleshed out with sufficient copy to be published as an article” (Listicle, 2018, para. 1).  Examples include my 2018 Top  Articles post. Read More…

Info lit and International Zine Month

July is International Zine Month.  What are zines in the first place?  Vassar College Libraries (2019) describe them as “a DIY, self-published medium, incorporating voices and narratives frequently absent from more traditional publishing venues (What’s a Zine section).” How do they relate to information literacy?   The ACRL Framework includes informal channels for distributing information (Association Read More…

The Seventh Annual Savvies

The InfoSavvy movie awards are upon us once again.  This year’s Savvies go to: 9 to 5 (1980). Dir. Colin Higgins, written by Patricia Resnick (story and screenplay) & Colin Higgins (screenplay). Starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, & Dolly Parton. Hidden Figures (2016). Dir. Theodore Melfi, written by Allison Schroeder  & Theodore Melfi (screenplay), based on Read More…

News Sources in the Research Process

At this point in the semester students are still doing initial research.  Though scholarly journal articles have their place, let’s give other information sources their due.  Let’s take newspaper articles, for example. News articles can inspire potential research topics.  Think of the “bug lists” that we encourage students to create. These articles can serve as Read More…

Cyber Security and Information Literacy

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.  Issues of information privacy and security can be seen in the ACRL Framework. The Introduction notes the need to monitor the changing information landscape and use information ethically (Association of College and Research Libraries, 2016).  Privacy concerns are part of the information landscape, and honoring another’s privacy is Read More…

Informed video creation

Since instructional videos are a mainstay of online courses, I’m working on one.  The process has raised some important questions: What are my desired outcomes? Is video the best way to address them? Are there already videos addressing them? Does my particular concept suit the subject matter? Can I meet accessibility standards? The accessibility question Read More…