Archive for the ‘literacy’ Category

Information Literacy and Google

Google has now developed lessons for teaching people how to search using, you guessed it, Google!  Here is a link to their tutorials  I haven’t had an opportunity to walk through them all yet, but I am happy to see that google is taking on the responsibility.  I especially like that they want people to know how to evaluate for credibility.  Three cheers to you Google!!!


Information Literacy and Eli Pariser’s TED talk

This TED talk by Eli Pariser about “filter bubbles” is a nice way to introduce students to some of the issues around using the internet for research.  It clearly articulates the invisible algorithmic editing that is used to personalize the results of web searches and debunks the myth of the web as providing open access to the world of information.

See additional clips on Andy Burkhardt’s blog.

Blog about Library Instruction

Below is a particularly useful blog about library instruction written by Iris, a Reference and Instruction Librarian at Carleton College in Minnesota.

One of her articles in particular discusses learning outcomes

using action words from Bloom’s taxonomy

which I find especially useful.  It helps to emphasize what students learn as opposed to what is being taught.

ALA on Augmented Reality

My great concern with technology has always been for people with literacy difficulties.  Navigating through the internet to find information, identifying authoritative information, and avoiding scams all concern me.  For some, even sending an email can be difficult.

The ALA has posted an article on the use of smart phones and geo- spatial technology and how they can be used in libraries – enabling additional information to be scanned into your phone augmenting the existing information and, with the use of geo-spatial technology and RFID tags, enabling the user to find materials on the shelf.   I am hoping the next step will allow users to listen to the additional information rather than read it on their screen.  This would enable those with reading difficulties to function more effectively in a technological world.  It would be empowering for those with literacy difficulties and it may make them more comfortable in a library – a place traditionally associated with books.  See the ALA’s article linked here:

Screencasting and Interactive Tutorials

Meghan Ecclestone of York U. posted the following information about her poster session at the OLA. It may come in handy one day.

Libraries and literacy – harnessing wind power

Watch this video for a great example of how a library helped an inventor with no formal education discover his passion.  This is a truly inspiring story.

Click on the link below to find a book about the same topic.