Posts tagged ‘information literacy’

Google Generation is a myth?

Librarians’ Internet Index: New This Week reports on research commissioned by JISC and the British Library about young people born or brought up in the Internet age and their ability to use the web to find information. Hmmph! I could have saved them the expense – as could most Librarians who struggle to teach Information Literacy Skills to students. The annoying thing is that members of the “Google generation” do not believe for a moment that people from any other generation can teach them anything about the Internet.

This thinking is often aggravated by people who talk about “digital natives” vs. “digital immigrants”. I swear that, even though I am the most senior person in my college library, no-one else here is particularly interested in improving their skills, other than knowing just enough to be able to impart some of these skills to their students.


April 30, 2008 at 3:43 am 1 comment

Training Resources

I’m always on the lookout for resources to improve information literacy training and distance education. Here are some I found in Roddy MacLeod‘s latest Information Resources Newsletter:

  1. Alternate Reality Games for Orientation, Socialisation and Induction: ARGOSI
  2. Create online training
  3. ELI Discovery Tool: Net Generation Workshop Guide
  4. Handbook for Information Literacy Teaching

March 17, 2008 at 11:54 pm 1 comment


On Librarian in Black I found mention of a great way to use a wiki in a Library. If Central TAFE were to run with this idea we could call it Centipedia. See the original blog to understand my reason for this suggestion.

March 17, 2008 at 5:07 am Leave a comment

Collaboration (again)

Central TAFE librarians have been busy since the start of semester teaching information literacy skills to many of the new students enrolled throughout the college. We have a good team and have developed (and share) some useful tools to make our jobs easier.

On the theme of collaboration (mentioned in my previous post) I came across an email that I sent myself last year relating to collaboration via wiki with librarians everywhere, as well as the video tutorials mentioned in the first paragraph.

Techtorials via LibrarianInBlack by Sarah Houghton-Jan on 11/29/07

Here’s another technology tutorial website for your toolkit, either for staff or user training. We all need to know computer stuff, right? Right!

Techtorials offers video tutorials for three applications: Adobe Photoshop, Irfanview, and 7-Zip. It’s not being updated frequently (last video was uploaded 7 months ago), but what is already there is quite useful–particularly the Photoshop tutorials. Take a look!

I think it would be lovely if libraries who have developed technology tutorials could contribute what they’ve made to this and other collaborative wiki-style tutorial sites. There are many, and sharing what we have is what it’s all about. While I’m at it, I’ll put in a plug for the Library Instruction Wiki, another place that libraries should be sharing any training materials created in-house (Word documents, Powerpoints, wikis, blogs, videos, screencasts, podcasts, anything).

We reinvent the wheel so much. We don’t need to. We just need to convince administrators to let us post things we’ve created, for the betterment of libraries and users everywhere. Good goal, right? But you’d be surprised how often administrators say that those materials cannot be shared because they belong to the library/city/county/university/school and are the property of its funders/taxpayers, not the “everybody” of the Web. Oy, the politics make my head hurt.

(Techtorials was found many months ago on eContent (can you tell I’m wading through my backlog of “stuff to blog”?))

Thanks to Sarah for blogging about this and bringing another blog and that useful wiki to our attention.

February 13, 2008 at 2:47 am Leave a comment

Library 2.0 COW

Collaborative Online Workspace – an initiative of LATN, Librarians of the Australian Technological Network of universities. Presented by Alex Byrne, University Librarian, University of Technology, Sydney

Alex started by asking “What is driving the need for change?” and the simple answer was “we can and we must”.

Web2.0 is a mindshift about the use of technology, not the technology itself. We are the facilitators.

He discussed what he called “disruptive technologies” such as Google, blogs, ebay, Wikipedia, flickr, Amazon, MP3 and podcasting, mashups and social networking. In all of these the contributors become data collectors. They harness the wisdom of crowds (eg. Wikipedia).

There are many ways librarians can take advantage of these new technologies. LATN has developed a Collaborative Online Workspace.

They use open source content management software to work towards their concept of physical spaces moving towards virtual spaces.

Alex’s presentation was very interesting but the venue in the State Library of WA left much to be desired. It was located in an open space and the speakers’ words were swallowed up in the void. Add to that a buzz of noise coming from the central well of the building and the audience had to strain to catch what was said.

February 1, 2008 at 12:28 am 1 comment

Grammar and Citation

The Resource of the Week at ResourceShelf this week is Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL). It is a comprehensive writing style page where users can request help with grammar, construction and how to overcome writer’s block (among others).

OWL is easy to navigate; click the plus sign next to each item in the list on the right side of the page to access an excellent collection of succinct, well-written (of course) tutorials by category — The Writing Process (including what to do about “writer’s block”); Professional, Technical, and Job Search Writing (including writing for Chinese, North American, and Indian business audiences); General Academic Writing; Research and Citation (both APA and MLA are covered in detail); Grammar and Mechanics; English as a Second Language; Internet Literacy (including information on documenting electronic resources); Writing in the Social Sciences; Writing in Engineering; Literary Analysis and Criticism; Creative Writing; Teaching Writing; and Tutoring Writing. The site is keyword searchable via a box on the home page.”

Of particular interest to me is the advice about APA citation. We teach Harvard at Central but I have recently been asked to do some APA classes – which I’ve had to turn down because I’m not familiar with it. I believe it is very similar to Harvard but I’ll have to work out a new lesson format – and answers to my set examples – so this will be most useful, to me and the students who need to use it.

August 24, 2007 at 6:29 am Leave a comment

Google’s classroom posters

From Pandia Search Engine News comes a note about Google’s set of posters for the classroom, explaining stuff like how a search engines work, how to improve your search results and how to make the most of Google Books. There is a link to the .pdf files. these could prove very useful in Information Literacy classes – as long as teachers take pains to explain to their students that Google is not the only search engine.

August 14, 2007 at 6:56 am Leave a comment