Saddest Search of the Internet Age

One of the reasons I focus so much attention on information literacy skills, and require students to not merely say “I found it on JSTOR,” is that it is important to know how to cope without resources that we normally rely on. The best example of this in our time is relying on Googling for [Read More...]

Viva La Library at 10,000 Views

Yesterday the information literacy video I made almost a year ago reached 10,000 views on YouTube. Thank you to everyone who has watched and/or shared it. It seems as though I ought to do something more to mark the occasion. Is it time for another educational musical parody? What about a song about footnotes and [Read More...]

Is the Internet a Library?

The meme image above has been circulating a lot lately. It reminded me of a discussion I had a couple of years ago about the difference between the internet and a library. The former is a disorganized jumble of information. What it lacks is curation. Search results, whether in a card catalogue or a browser [Read More...]

Verse of the Day

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Navigating the Internet’s Wastelands

This post started with my coming across this XKCD cartoon (HT Marc Cortez) after having had some information literacy discussions in class just before, and having gone in class onto the second page of Google results: I had used our desire to win arguments and prove others wrong using our smartphones and other devices as [Read More...]

The Death of Expertise

I fear we are witnessing the “death of expertise”: a Google-fueled, Wikipedia-based, blog-sodden collapse of any division between professionals and laymen, students and teachers, knowers and wonderers – in other words, between those of any achievement in an area and those with none at all. Tom Nichols, “The Death of Expertise,” The Federalist [Read more...]

Credentials in an Age of Blogging

Ben Witherington shared the cartoon above. One of the challenges in teaching information literacy and fluency skills is that many of the lines that once distinguished experts from others are not merely blurred but invisible in the internet age. Op-eds for the Huffington Post may be written by people with high levels of expertise in [Read More...]

Library Instruction and Student Success

The image below is a small version of an infographic created by Julie Anne Kent (the full sized pdf version is here). I'm gearing up to teach again, and as regular readers know, information literacy (and where possible information fluency) are important emphases. What are some of the best tools, guides, and infographics you've come [Read More...]

Four Levels of Questions

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Crappy Song Reprise

The song that my colleague Chad Bauman made in response to my own song Viva la Library had its number of views reset due to some sort of glitch. Friendly competition aside, I feel back that his once astounding number of views has vanished into the ether. And so I thought I would share it [Read More...]

Googleful vs. Google-free Digital Bible Literacy

Brian Bibb recently shared the final exam from a course he teaches called “The Digital Bible,” as well as providing more information about the course on his blog. Daniel McClellan also mentioned it. My own course on the Bible focuses on information literacy, and yet there are some significant differences between Brian’s course’s final and [Read More...]


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