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June 14, 2010

Submitted by alycia on Mon, 06/14/2010 - 21:57
  • Today my reading was centered on Information Literacy in preparation for Immersion. I'm starring the ones that I found particularly useful/interesting:
    • *Ken Bain, "How Do They Conduct Class?" from What the Best College Teachers Do.
    • Alma R. Clayton-Pedersen with Nancy O'Neill, "Curricula Designed to Meet 21st-Century Expectations" from Educating the Net Generation.
    • *Parker Palmer, "The Heart of a Teacher: Identity and Integrity in Teaching" from The Courage to Teach.
    • Megan Oakleaf, "The Information Literacy Instruction Assessment Cycle: A Guide for Increasing Student Learning and Improving Librarian Instructional Skills."
    • *Dan Ream, "Information Literacy Meets the Real World: And the Winner is..."
      • The analogy between doing your taxes and doing research is a very useful one for librarians/me to keep in mind, as we tend to be people who strangely enjoy research.
      • ...librarians talk out of both sides of their mouths--they tell their users, "we're the experts, so, ask us for help" and then they say "now, let me show you how to do this yourself!"
    • *Randy Burke Hensley, "Curiosity and Creativity as Attributes of Information Literacy."
      • ...To foster curiosity in teaching and learning, is to create an environment rich in inquiry rather than one dominated by process. We need to teach the "why" rather than "how."
      • Hensley quotes John B. Jentz in this piece, from "Academic Reference Service and the Patron's Inquiry: Ewing and Hauptman Revisited:"
        • The assumption that there is a "real" question behind the initially posed one misunderstands inquiry as a process of learning. People change what they want to know as they learn more; and typically, they do not fully formulate their goals until they have achieved them.

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