Evaluating sources requires nuance, contextual understanding, and time to explore and validate the information. So, it’s not surprising a lot of us take shortcuts to determining what sources are credible. And shortcuts we take: See the just published study that Continue reading Ditching the checklist: Evaluating information
Information Literacy tops the 2017 Chronicle of Higher Education trends report, which “outlines 10 key shifts in higher education.” Librarians and other educators have been championing information literacy for decades, so labeling this as a “shift” is not really about Continue reading Information Literacy tops CHE Trends Report
The University of Baltimore has been selected as one of 75 institutions to participate in the Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) program Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success. The schools selected to participate in the program Continue reading Assessment in Action at Langsdale
Who better than a research librarian to check facts on the campaign trail? A Washington (state) non-partisan election guide, Living Voters Guide, offers callers the expertise of reference librarians from the Seattle Public Library in fact-checking each comment/post on an Continue reading Question a politician’s statement? Librarians to the rescue
I was listening to Morning Joe on MSBNC this morning as they reported and commented on the death of US Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, at the US consulate in Benghazi on Tuesday. Protesters in both Libya and Egypt have Continue reading Information Literacy is more important than ever
“House of Knowledge” by Jaume Plensa If the internet or blogs were old enough to have what one might call a tradition, we can be sure that it would be predominantly based in retelling what is new, what is breaking Continue reading The Wizard and the Great Zeitgeist
This post was written by Langsdale librarian Catherine Johnson A recent Mashable article pointed to some data collected by EasyBibabout the types of resources students use in academic papers. This study found that the most cited websites are: Wikipedia, New Continue reading Information Literacy: What is it good for?
Hi! I’m Pete Ramsey, one of the Reference and Instruction librarians at Langsdale Library, and I also teach the Information Literacy (IDIS 110) course in first-year student learning communities. In my course, I like to include a segment where students Continue reading Open Data Applications
A recent article from Wired editor Clive Thompson asks why students who have grown up as “digital natives” are so bad at searching. Interestingly enough, while Thompson describes the problems as being with searching, the article actually focuses mostly on Continue reading Why can’t Johnny Search?
Seattle Times guest columnists Alison J. Head and Michael B. Eisenberg push back on the prevailing idea that today’s college students are slackers. Rather, these researchers argue that colleges must retool to help young people learn the skills to negotiate Continue reading College students eager to learn but need help negotiating the information overload!