Ditching the checklist: Evaluating information

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 CHE Trends Report

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

Assessment in Action at Langsdale

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

Question a politician’s statement? Librarians to the rescue

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

The Wizard and the Great Zeitgeist

“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

Open Data Applications

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

College students eager to learn but need help negotiating the information overload!

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!