LIS 105: Information Literacy Basics

This is my personal blog on information literacy for my LIS 105 course, Information Literacy Basics.  It in no way reflects the opinions of my employer.

Part 1 Information Literacy Skills

Week 1: Assessment and Library Orientation
In-Class Work:
Because we are interested in the kinds of 
information literacy skills and understandings 
that you bring into this experience, we will ask 
you to complete a Pre-Course Assessment.  
Then we will take a look around the physical space 
on our Library Tour,discuss the Library Rules 
and Policies, make sure you understand how to 
access our databases from home by checking 
Library Remote Access, and then we will go over
my syllabus and define Information Literacy.

Week 2: The Roadmap for Research /  Using the Databases and OPAC
Reading due Today: 
Just to get the hardest thing out of the way first: 
please read about the legal and political landscape 
of information in present-day America.  Please write 
down any questions you have and be prepared to talk 
about it in class.

In-class Work:
Figuring Out When You Need to Know More
Narrowing your Research Topic
Research Questions and Thesis Statements 

Week 3: Bias, Credibility, and Timeliness
Reading Due Today:
Read about Primary Sources and come prepared to discuss.

In-Class Work:
Boolean Operators 
From Subject to Searching
Plugging your Search Strategy into the Databases

Week 4: Citations, Annotations, and Outlines 
Reading Due Today:
Read Alister Doyle's Scientists Set to Prepare 
Strongest Warning that Warming Man-made and 
take notes about the most important points.

In-Class Work:
Quoting Summarizing, and Paraphrasing 
Preparing Summaries
Which Source Should I Use? 
A Sample Source Rubric 

Week 5: Facts, Knowledge, Data, Information, and How We Know What we Know
Reading due Today:

In-class Activities:
Discussion of Epistemology
The History of the Discovery of Global Warming
A Comparison of the Scientific Method with 
the Social Construction of Knowledge
Consider the Source 

Week 6: Information from the Top Down
Reading due Today:
People--be they kings, zealots, politicians, 
despots, the captains of industry, or 
used car salesmen--have always sought to control 
information to one degree or another. 
Please read these brief histories, one about 
the Library at Alexandria, and the other 
about books and publishing and come prepared 
to discuss historical and present-day concerns 
about the creation, dissemination, and understanding 
of information.

In-Class Activities:
What to Do with What You Find
From Articles to Outline

Week 7: Information from the Bottom Up
Reading due Today:
Just as there are problems with information that comes only 
from authoritative or authoritarian sources, there are also 
problems that come from more democratic or egalitarian sources. 
Read about the pitfalls of internet research, and then read 
about the history of newspapers in America. The history of
American newspapers represents an interesting battle for 
control of a vital information source. 

In-Class Activities:
Citing Sources 

Week 8: The Internet is Also a Battleground

Reading due Today: 
The Internet, the Filter, and the Conspiracy Theorist

In-class activities:
Finding credible sources on the web
Government Websites, Education Websites, Opensource Journals, and Blogs

Week 9: Cultural Bias
Reading due Today:
The culture we were raised in has a lot to do with 
what we believe and how we interpret information.  
The Tea Party is an interesting exercise in this 
phenomenon and allows us to look at how cultures are
made and history is used as justification for current 
decisions.  Please take notes and ask questions.

Week 10: Two Models of Government Censorship
Reading due Today: 
Read about two different models of government censorship.

Week 11: Corporate Censorship
Due Today: 
Be ready to discuss Corporate Censorship.

Week 12: Self-Censorship, Psychology, and Biology
Reading Due Today:
If experts in the field tell us one thing,
why do we do the opposite? It turns out 
that it is not just a matter of showing 
people the "right information."  There are 
powerful internal forces that might keep us 
from using the best information available.
Week 13: Think Tanks and Influence
Reading due Today: 
Think Tanks, Smoking, and Global Warming

In-class Activity:
Think Tanks in Action

Week 14: Private Messaging in Public Discourse 
Reading Due Today:  
Read/Watch/Think About This 
Come Prepared to Discuss.

In-class Activity:
View this ad with your group and 
discuss it until you achieve consensus:
is this a compelling advertisement?

Week 15: Group Presentations

Week 16: Group Presentations


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