News from the Open Web

Posted by Duncan Whitmire on 8/28/18 12:26 PM

This blog series provides easy, free access to open web resources and content that support affordable learning opportunities. A wide variety of resources published by government entities, think tanks, and more are curated to demonstrate what may be relatively unknown or ‘buried’ in the internet. Resources reflect issues happening today for the use of librarians, students, and all audiences.

Affordable Learning Solutions

FYE Spotlight: University of Southern California Libraries

Posted by Raymond Pun on 8/27/18 10:15 AM

By Christal Young and Raymond Pun

FYE Correspondent Ray Pun spoke recently with Christal Young of USC Libraries about her work supporting first year experience programs through a number of creative activities and engagements. In this interview Christal shares her thoughts on the importance of the library’s role in facilitating connections for students who are new to campus through many interactions and services including a virtual hub.

First Year Experience

InfoLit Learning Community: Booklist review of Michelle Luhtala and Jacquelyn Whiting's "News Literacy: The Keys to Combating Fake News"

Posted by InfoLit Learning Community on 8/24/18 9:00 AM





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This starred review, by Credo’s Henrietta Verma, appeared in the August 13, 2018 edition of Booklist Online. The book is a valuable tool for librarians who teach news literacy, but also for those who want to inform themselves for their wider library work and as news consumers.

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Highlights from the 2018 Lifelong Information Literacy (LILi) Conference

Posted by Raymond Pun on 8/20/18 2:24 PM

Last week, I attended the 5th annual LILi Conference held at the Glendale Public Library in California. The theme was, “It’s Not Just Academic: Bridging Gaps with Information Empowerment in All Libraries” and explored information literacy services and programs provided by different libraries including public, academic, school, and others.

First Year Experience, Conferences

InfoLit Learning Community: Workshopping your IL Lesson Plans with Assignment Charrettes

Posted by InfoLit Learning Community on 8/17/18 9:00 AM



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Last week on the blog, we discussed the advantages of getting peer input on your planned IL assignments and offered resources related to assignment development. One idea we shared as a quickfire way to improve your lesson plans was to host an assignment charrette, an event in which educators present their assignments and get feedback on them from peers.

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Teaching Resource Highlight: Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers

Posted by Raymond Pun on 8/16/18 10:54 AM

If you’re looking for creative ways to prep for your upcoming library instruction, consider checking out Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers (2018) by Mike Caulfield, director of blended and networked learning at Washington State University Vancouver and head of the Digital Polarization Initiative of the American Democracy Project. From fact-checking Wikipedia, to finding original sources of a viral social media post, to identifying owners/creators of websites, this open access publication makes for a great starting point when teaching research techniques.

InfoLit Learning Community: Planning Assignments...With a Little Help from Your Friends

Posted by InfoLit Learning Community on 8/10/18 9:00 AM


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Looking for new assignments to give your students this fall? Try your colleagues and virtual network for inspiration and tips if you’re creating something from scratch. And if you need a good dose of inspiration first? There’s plenty of support to be found online, from content-creation tools to ready-made resources.

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4 Essential Summer Reads for Librarians

Posted by Raymond Pun on 8/6/18 1:22 PM

Looking for a good book to read during the summer? Here are some recent publications in the LIS field that might get you thinking of new practices, theories, and services to consider for your academic community in the fall!

First Year Experience

InfoLit Learning Community: How are you planning to handle disinformation on campus this Fall?

Posted by InfoLit Learning Community on 8/3/18 9:00 AM

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This fall’s freshmen students will likely bring with them an awareness of disinformation, popularly called “fake news,” making it something you might find yourself addressing in information literacy lessons. Returning students can benefit from reinforcement of the skills they already learned in this regard, followed by more advanced, scaffolded lessons on how to discern deception in materials they may find in the classes in their majors.

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August Social Media Content for Libraries

Posted by Duncan Whitmire on 7/31/18 1:27 PM

Looking to up your library's social media game? One of the best ways to engage followers to is to provide a consistent stream of fun/useful content. Understanding that libraries don't always have the time to generate all of the content they'd like, we're here to help! 

Social Media for Libraries, Customer Success

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