Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Actively Connecting Web 2.0 with ACRL Learning Outcomes


I just finished reading a great article entitled “Participation and Pedagogy: Connecting the Social Web to ACRL Learning Outcomes,” in the January 2011 issue of The Journal of Academic Librarianship, by Greg Bobish, an information literacy librarian at University at Albany, Albany, NY. 

His entire effort was to demonstrate constructivist pedagogy with active learning examples showing ways teachers/librarians might use the Social Web (Web 2.0) technologies to meet each learning objective in the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. Check out the article

My one criticism is that I would love to see this article recreated as a wiki that others could add to. It would make great sense to have such a site available to librarians to enable the sharing of Web 2.0 active learning ideas that we might use in our information literacy sessions of all kinds from one-shots to whole courses.

Have you thought about starting such a wiki or at least working on a collaborative book expanding on this, Greg?

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Learning to Podcast

Dear Readers,

As a part of my summer research leave, I have been experimenting with learning and using a few Web 2.0 technologies through an online course and experimentation on my own. Here's my first attempt at creating an audio podcast.

This podcast was done using Dictadroid on my Droid cell phone to record, saving it to DropBox on my cell phone which is also on my computer, editing it with Audacity (free software download), converting it to an MP3 file using Audacity after having downloaded LAME for Audacity (seems to be an Audacity helper), creating a Yodio account as a place to host my podcast, uploading my podcast to Yodio, and linking to it in this message. Learning a lot in my class!!

Please check out my Yodio-hosted podcast:

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Religious Studies Information Literacy Standards?


I struggle to find any officially sanctioned information literacy standards for higher education academic religious studies programs posted either by the library or the academic disciplinary associations . Sure, there are many articles on “how I did it” and “best practices” on information literacy and theological education and there is a move to redefine religious studies curricula within the Academy of American Religion, but I have not yet identified official academic religious studies information literacy standards.

Perhaps it’s time for us to begin drafting standards that meet the meet the needs of both academic religious studies departments and theological schools. To start, we would do well to consult and share resources and initiatives we discover to begin the conversation. 

Of course, we should all consult the ACRL wiki for the webliography on “Information Literacy inReligious/Religious Studies."

The following journals seem to have a lot of articles pointing to aspects of issues and topics related to information literacy as well: Journal of Religious & Theological Information and Teaching Theology & Religion. I won’t begin to list other journals with occasional articles on the topic, which should come up in any broad literature search. 

A gem of a web site, “Wabash Center For Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion," supported by Lilly Endowment Inc. funding, is definitely worth a visit. At one time the American Academy of Religion hosted an archive of religious studies syllabi, but has now deferred its membership to the Wabash Center web site/project. 

Do any of you who work with religious studies departments have favorite sites, sources, initiatives, professional contacts in the field you would recommend? Any comments or opinions on whether or not starting an initiative to come up with religious studies/religion information literacy standards would be useful to the profession?

Friday, June 8, 2012

Welcome to the "Disciplines Inside Out: Librarians Cafe" Blog


I invite you to engage in conversation as I try to connect information literacy and more contemporary literacies, especially those using web 2.0 technologies, within my liaison disciplines.

As a librarian, starting with definitions seemed logical to me. So I began by reading the Wikipedia article on Web 2.0, which I recommend as a great overview of the concept. It outlines clearly Web 2.0's history, defines its' interactive and collaborative nature, offers technological descriptions, and even summarizes Web 2.0 criticism.

Defining information literacy is more of a challenge with so many new literacies floating in the literature and the clouds. In February 2010, one group of librarians created the Libraries and Transliteracy blog site to convince us that "transliteracy" is the new term we should use. In January 2011, Mackey & Jacobson wrote an article in C&RL entitled "Reframing Information Literacy as Metaliteracy." My own institution, The College of Wooster, a 4-year liberal arts college, refers to our curriculum's learning outcomes as "graduate qualities" and is currently undergoing a push to tie those curricular goals to each discipline's learning outcomes.

I favor tying "metaliteracy" to our campus's "graduate qualities" within each discipline, but have not yet tried to do so.

  • What terms do you as practitioners use to frame what I'm after and why? 
  • Is it so important to call these literacies anything other than "learning outcomes" and/or "graduate qualities?"
  • What source do you think provides the most convincing discussion on the topic?