Information literacy librarians (correctly) teach students to evaluate the websites they use for papers and other academic purposes by looking at features such as the site’s domain, its appearance, who the author is, etc. These are necessary steps, but there are increasing calls for evaluation to be broader. Mike Caulfield’s Web Literacy for Student Fact Checkers, for example, encourages “lateral reading,” an approach that involves reading “about” a website or other source in addition to reading and analyzing the source itself. Lateral reading of a website involves a short scan of the site followed by researching its ownership and what other sources say the site to help decide whether the information there can be trusted or not.
The new year is here and that means ALA Midwinter is almost upon us. This year it’s in Seattle, WA, from January 25-28.
End-of year-roundups are popping up all over right now. Our advice is to skip the 100th “best gifts” list that landed in your mailbox--instead enjoy NiemanLab’s latest set of predictions for the year ahead in journalism. The annual feature interviews numerous people in the world of journalism, technology, and publishing about what they think the new year will bring. This time round, news accuracy, ways of ensuring it, and predications about how the public will react to disinformation in 2019 are frequently raised topics.
Maybe you’ve considered journey mapping of patron experiences as a way to improve your library’s services. Or you might be conducting other user research as part of your work or for a library school assignment. Either way, patron privacy should be a first concern. Two new resources will be of assistance as you consider how to protect patron data and other sensitive information that you gather.
Sayings about standing on the shoulders of giants and not reinventing the wheel ring as true in librarianship as they do in other endeavors. You don’t have to go it alone, a happy thought when the library is packed with students cramming for finals and the holidays aren’t far off. Credo’s got your back: we are announcing one refreshed resource and a new item you can immediately put to use to improve and/or expand your IL efforts.
Adaptive Learning Using Assessment
Those of you lucky enough to see students for more than one-shot sessions are likely doing some assessment of student progress in your classes. Or maybe you’re embedded in a professor’s class where assessment of IL learning is allowed. Either way, consider guidance from a 2017 article by Johannes Peter, Nikolas Leichner, Anne-Kathrin Mayer, and Günter Kramplen, “Making Information Literacy Instruction More Efficient by Providing Individual feedback”
Planning and running an information literacy program is challenging enough—the extra steps involved in marketing your work can sometimes fall by the wayside. We’ve lately put together some materials that help make marketing easier and that can even get faculty doing marketing on your behalf.
Next week, Credo’s InfoLit Community will welcome speakers from Penn State Libraries, who will talk about how they set up and now run their successful Search Bar, a student-run research service in its second year of operation. The Search Bar is a peer-to-peer space with writing tutors, tech tutors, and peer research consultants; staff attribute its success to students’ finding peers more approachable than librarians.
For those who missed last month’s Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy (GICOIL), or simply couldn’t make it to all of the stellar presentations, Credo offered a reprisal of some of the presentations in a webinar on October 25. The webinar featured the event’s keynote speaker as well as presentations by three of the many insightful librarians who were featured at the conference.
This year’s Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy took place in Savannah, GA, on September 27-29. Attendees heard from a great variety of speakers who addressed an equally wide variety of information literacy topics, among them teaching faculty how to take on information literacy topics in the classroom, using OER to create affordable learning materials for students, and several presentations on combating fake news. Some of the presenters have allowed Credo to host their slides so that our readers can benefit from their insights.