Discussion Points: Screencast examples, class discussion on articles read in regards to information literacy, information fluency and transliteracy, lecture on synthesis, emotional reactions to research, constructivism, metaliteracy, digital natives/digital immigrants.
Today’s class was very interesting. It was exciting to hear all about the various articles classmates read and I made a note to visit all the class blogs to at least get the citations for the articles to be read at a later date (summer?). There were a lot of great ideas and terms that I know I have not been exposed to enough, if at all, before todays class that would benefit my future career goals to learn more about.
The one thing about a class like today – one that brings up so many different opinions, thoughts, examples and points of library things – is that it gives me a taste of exactly what is out there for me to pay attention to and begin searching / learning / discussing more about these issues.
Quotes from class that I found exciting/interesting/enticing (attributed to class discussion, I have no idea who exactly said what): “redefining peer review” “information literacy plus reading skills, plus tech skills, plus evaluation” “success requires buy in” “we are more confident then we are skilled in on-line searching” “where is the line between education and advocacy” “looking for and finding information is only a part of the puzzle”
These quotes speak to some of the most new ideas for me and the ideas on which I want to learn more about. I still do not know enough to decide whether or not I agree with everything or how to voice my argument for those I do not – but I am excited to learn and formulate my thoughts (synthesis, anyone?).
The discussion about intellectual freedom was very interesting to me. I am not sure yet what kind of librarian I am (one that is willing to stand up for issues as publicly as some of the examples in class were) but I know that I had a little spark in me any and every time I hear about a library or librarians standing up for the rights of their patrons – and ultimately all patrons. This part of class did make me even more excited to be working with the Office for Intellectual Freedom for Alternative Spring Break. I think it will really be an eye-opening experience and one that will help me decide which librarian I am.
One note I do want to make – more for myself than anything else – is that it’s okay to still be learning about these issues and to still not know about things. Coming into the profession very recently means I am just starting to form a base of knowledge of skills, history and concepts of librarianism and that it’s not a bad thing to miss an event – or a discussion – as long as I am committed to keeping note of what I do need to learn for myself and so I can be a productive member of the profession. I’m okay with this. This class made me even more excited about all there is to learn!