Is Information Literacy the New Buzzword?

Posted by Duncan Whitmire on 2/15/17 8:05 PM

One of the more heartening things to come of the past few months is that information literacy (along with media and digital literacy) has really come into its own as a mainstream topic. While talk of it used to reside mostly in niche library listservs, websites, and conferences, now it’s everywhere. Fake news may be responsible for many things, but its proliferation also seems to have spiked an interest in information literacy.  

Current Events, Information Literacy, Uncategorized

Taking on Fake News in First Year Experience and Beyond

Posted by Raymond Pun on 2/9/17 10:06 AM

It’s on the news, almost every single day. Fake news is being shared, discussed, and analyzed frequently online and in the classrooms. Studies from Stanford to Pew Research have suggested that this topic has been and will continue to be affecting students and their information consumption and research needs but how can librarians make sense of fake news in the research workflow?

First Year Experience, Information Literacy, Uncategorized

First Year Experience in Libraries: Facilitating High Impact Workshops

Posted by Raymond Pun on 2/1/17 12:50 PM

Raymond Pun is the first year student success librarian at California State University, Fresno. In the coming months, he will bring his unique perspective to a series of posts for the Credo Blog as our First Year Experience Correspondent. Stay tuned for more FYE insights from Raymond, and join him on March 8th for his webinar, The First Year Library Experience: Best Practices and New Directions.

First Year Experience, Information Literacy, Uncategorized

In Defense of Facts

Posted by Duncan Whitmire on 1/24/17 10:22 AM

Over the weekend, one of Donald Trump’s senior advisors rejected the premise that the president and his press secretary were spreading falsehoods about attendance at Friday’s inauguration. Kellyann Conway said that they were sharing “alternative facts,” a term that drew befuddled laughter from her interviewer.

Current Events, Information Literacy, Uncategorized

FYI: Libraries supporting FYE programs can impact retention

Posted by Mike Sweet on 1/19/17 11:02 AM

At the intersection of college preparation and student success is the first year experience program (FYE). More schools every year move beyond the simple orientation to offer some type of course or seminar with the goals of building a deeper relationship with their students, connecting these students to campus resources, and honing their academic skills.

Information Literacy, Trends in Reference, Uncategorized

3 Library Trends to Follow in 2017

Posted by Credo on 1/12/17 12:37 PM

If 2016 taught us anything, it’s that information literacy is a critical ingredient in informed democracies, but that we have a long way to go in building that skill across our population. As we look ahead to the coming year, we tried to ascertain what themes would emerge in the library field as a response to the rapidly-changing landscape. Here are 3 emerging trends we’re seeing that warrant attention in 2017:

Current Events, Information Literacy, Trends in Reference, Uncategorized

Fake news isn’t the only problem with information on the internet

Posted by Credo on 11/29/16 2:48 PM

After two weeks of following the story of Macedonian “fake news” sites and Facebook’s editorial responsibilities, we wanted to discuss the fact that fake news is only part of the problem. Discerning real information from biased misinformation is a growing challenge in the 21st century.

Current Events, Information Literacy, Uncategorized

Evaluating Sources in a World of Fake News

Posted by Credo on 11/22/16 3:28 PM

A growing number of Americans are getting their news from social media (Pew Research Poll), and increasingly, disreputable news sites are using these platforms to distribute fake news for financial profit. A key tenet of information literacy has always been the ability to evaluate sources, however the increased sophistication of fake news sites means that this skill is more important than ever.

Current Events, Information Literacy, Uncategorized

Information Literacy in the Facebook News Era

Posted by Duncan Whitmire on 11/17/16 12:36 PM

A growing number of Americans are getting their news from social media sites like Facebook and Twitter according to a recent poll from Pew Research. At the same time, NPR and others are reporting this month that a proliferation of fake news sites have to come into being that use the viral nature of social media to drive ad revenue.

Current Events, Information Literacy, Uncategorized

Credo and Arkansas State University team up to boost college readiness

Posted by Credo on 11/10/16 10:17 AM

According to a report form the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, "nearly 60% of first-year college students discover that, despite being fully eligible to attend college, they are not ready for postsecondary studies."

Current Events, Information Literacy, Credo in Action