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Information Literacy: One Faculty View

Information Literacy: One Faculty View (Moveable Types of Information Literacy) My interest in information literacy, as a teacher: The credulity with which students accept what they read online. Their uncritical use of the Google search engine. Their over-reliance upon online sources of questionable value. I lead the program in New Media Journalism at Seton Hill University . The program appears in the university catalog as “Journalism New Media,” because, I am…

Whispering the News to Marian: Libraries on Fire

Whispering the News to Marian: Libraries on Fire (Moveable Types of Information Literacy) Librarians get furious when someone from the outside tries to suppress a text. A library must have order. A patron reshelve a book? Never! “Heaven help us, if the library caught on fire,” sings Harold Hill “and the volunteer hose brigademen / Had to whisper the news to Marian.” Imagine a library with the doors open 24 hours…

Specificity vs. Abstraction: The Library as Mediator of Humanities and Technology Values

Specificity vs. Abstraction: The Library as Mediator of Humanities and Technology Values (Moveable Types of Information Literacy) While deconstruction and postmodernism have challenged the traditional dusty-tome humanities methodology that aims to construct a specific “correct” text, by continuing to react against the ideal text, contemporary humanities scholarship reveals its dependency upon the central ideal. That ideal was itself made possible by a technological advancement — the invention of moveable type, which…

Postmodern Peer Review and Emerging Genres

Postmodern Peer Review and Emerging Genres (Moveable Types of Information Literacy) We find it quaint that Vannevar Bush would try to do hypertext with an automated, user-writeable microfiche. It is similarly quaint that a library database be optimized to deliver PDF documents or other facsimiles of the printed page. Native electronic journals offer cutting-edge, peer-reviewed scholarship, sometimes on a timeline of weeks. For example, the content of First Monday is mostly…

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Moveable Types of Information Literacy: Emerging Genres and the Deconstruction of Peer Review

Moveable Types of Information Literacy: Emerging Genres and the Deconstruction of Peer Review (Jerz’s Literacy Weblog) Presented Oct 9, at the Georgia Conference on Information Literacy Information Literacy: One Faculty View Whispering the News to Marian: Libraries on Fire Specificity vs. Abstraction: The Library as Mediator of Humanities and Technology Values Postmodern Peer Review and Emerging Genres