Viva La Library (The Information Literacy Song)

Viva La Library (The Information Literacy Song) May 29, 2013

I was looking recently for an amusing song to convey key points about information literacy to students. Since I didn’t find something that was in a style I could relate to, I made this. It is goofy, but it’s supposed to me. Hope you enjoy it!


Viva la Library (The Information Literacy Song)

I used to search the web

Believing stuff random people said

Thought that my roommate was such a nerd

When to the library he referred

I used to roll the dice

Type some keywords and close my eyes

Push the button, trust it would bring

Answers to all my questions, everything

I thought that Google held the key

Until I saw my grade was a “D”

And I discovered that success depends

Upon wise use of sources I understand


JSTOR has stuff that’s peer reviewed

Wikis are written by God-knows-who

Google Books keeps so much concealed

‘Til I add “scholar” in the search field

I need  reasons I can explain

Research takes so much more than

Making a random guess

The way I used to search the net

It was the wicked and wild wind

Made me decide I had best stay in

I need to pick a librarian’s brain

But without going out in the pouring rain

They were waiting all this time

Ready to chat with me online

Just to tell me things I should have known

Oh who knew you could research from home?


EBSCO has much you’re looking for

NetLibrary, ebooks galore

I use articles, I use books

But even then take a closer look

These authors have real expertise

Just look at their online CVs

Finding an honest source

That’s what helped me pass the course

JSTOR has stuff that’s peer reviewed

Wikis are written by God-knows-who

Knowledge by Google Books revealed

When I add “scholar” in the search field

Now I’ve reasons – I can explain

That’s a scholar – I searched their name

No more a random guess

The way I used to search the net

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  • As a librarian that song made me smile broadly. Such are the perils of the tension between being a digital native and a theology student.

    • Glad you liked it! I’ve had a lot of positive comments from librarians. I think I am going to try to do more educational song parodies in the future! 🙂

  • Teacher in Martinsville

    Your song fits “nicely” with Information Literacy, Chapter 4! Great Job!

  • Johanna

    This is great, James! Your video is making the rounds in my MLIS program. We all love it.

    • Wow, thank you so much for your encouraging comment! I think my singing has improved over the years since then, and so I’ve been thinking about trying to do a better recording…

      • Johanna

        It’s good just the way it is…your quirkiness is endearing… I don’t think it was be as good if you sing the line “can explain” any differently!