I just posted this at the Blended Librarian:
I recently read Everything is Miscellaneous by David Weinberger. It’s a fascinating book, with a fascinating corresponding blog. The dedication reads “for the librarians” which leaves this librarian wondering what the rest of the dedication would read (“: who made the best of a bad situation?” “: who are about to become extinct?” “: who need to get on the cluetrain?”) I highly recommend this book to any librarian, particularly those interested in issues of classification, the internet, and/or the shifting nature of our information environment.
That book, paired with recent requests to teach sessions on web 2.0 research, has lead me to reconsider what we think of when we talk about information literacy. Is it still about library research, is it about library and web research, is it just about critical thinking when considering which media to use as a reference in a paper?
I’m beginning to adapt my credit based information literacy course to talk about ways to use web 2.0 information sources in addition to library resources. For example, if someone is writing a paper on the slow food movement, they should certainly use any scholarly material that might exist in the library, but local slow food blogs would provide another type of contextual information that could help flesh out a paper. Is anyone else changing their library instruction classes in this way?