November 2008 Archives

Media Literacy blog

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medialiteracyblog.jpg One of my librarian colleagues, Scott Spicer, has just started a new blog--Resources for Media Literacy: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/spic0016/medialiteracy/.

Take a look....

Power of the Screen

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Interesting article in NY Times..

Becoming Screen Literate by Kevin Kelley (Nov. 21, 2008)

film.jpg"Now invention is again overthrowing the dominant media. A new distribution-and-display technology is nudging the book aside and catapulting images, and especially moving images, to the center of the culture. We are becoming people of the screen. The fluid and fleeting symbols on a screen pull us away from the classical notions of monumental authors and authority. On the screen, the subjective again trumps the objective. The past is a rush of data streams cut and rearranged into a new mashup, while truth is something you assemble yourself on your own screen as you jump from link to link. We are now in the middle of a second Gutenberg shift — from book fluency to screen fluency, from literacy to visuality."

"...But merely producing movies with ease is not enough for screen fluency, just as producing books with ease on Gutenberg’s press did not fully unleash text. Literacy also required a long list of innovations and techniques that permit ordinary readers and writers to manipulate text in ways that make it useful. For instance, quotation symbols make it simple to indicate where one has borrowed text from another writer. Once you have a large document, you need a table of contents to find your way through it. That requires page numbers....And bibliographic citations (invented in the mid-1500s) enable scholars and skeptics to systematically consult sources. These days, of course, we have hyperlinks, which connect one piece of text to another, and tags, which categorize a selected word or phrase for later sorting."

21stcenturylearner.jpg I have a Google search alert set up for "information literacy"--so every day I get an email with news articles and blogs that mention information literacy. I enjoy this service the challenge is just keeping up with it--each day only has 4-10 things listed but it is still hard to keep on top of (classic information overload!). But I am reading about a certificate that is offer at SUNY-Buffalo of a certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy.

It gives a few essential questions (EQs) for students:
1. Effective learners: How do I find and use information to construct meaning and solve problems?
2. Effective communicators and creators: How do I effectively communicate? [similar to WPA standard]
3. Effective global collaborators: How do I responsibly use information and communication to positively contribute to my world?

I see the obvious overlaps between Writing Studies and Information Literacy in these questions--how are we teaching students to answer these questions?

Read more at: http://docs.google.com/View?docid=dd93ftgv_113gx4s68gh

What Millennials want?

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Here is a short article that talks about what this "new" generation of students also known as "digital natives" are looking for in a Library including
*Immediacy
*More choices and selectivity
*Collaboration and teamwork
*Experiential learning
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Source: http://www.oclc.org/nextspace/010/research.htm

I would content that these are things all users are looking for in libraries and even in education in general. Hopefully with many of the Web 2.0 changes in technology we just might be able to help this actually happen.

What would you like in a library?

Google Books project--explained....by librarians

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You have probably heard about a recent settlement of the Google Books Project lawsuit that has been going on for a few years. But you have you had time to read the 125 settlement.

A couple of library organizations have created a short 25 page PDF called "A Guide for the Perplexed: Libraries and the Google Library Project Settlement". Available at: http://www.arl.org/pp/ppcopyright/google/ . The University of Minnesota Libraries are part of this project.

Here is the overview:

"On October 28, 2008, after several years of legal wrangling, Google, the Association of American Publishers (AAP), and the Authors Guild reached a settlement agreement concerning Google’s scanning of copyrighted works. The scanning of these works has been done in cooperation with research libraries throughout the United States. The settlement agreement requires court approval by the presiding judge in the U.S. District Court in New York because the case was brought as a class action suit on behalf of selected copyright owners.

In large part, the settlement focuses on in-copyright books that are not commercially available. Public domain works fall outside of the settlement and owners of commercially available, in-copyright books created prior to January 5, 2009, may opt-out of the settlement or opt-in to other terms with Google. As a part of the settlement agreement, Google will fund the establishment of the Book Rights Registry. The Registry, jointly run by authors and publishers, will collect and distribute royalties including an up-front payment by Google of $45 million. Users will have several new opportunities to access scanned books, both free and fee-based, via public and university libraries and through institutional subscriptions for academic, corporate, and government libraries and organizations."

It should mean more access to book content....what do you think?