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: Epistemology 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: TWO READINGS 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: TWO READINGS 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