Bread and Butter of Information Literacy
Posted by sarahw9 on 21 November, 2008
Something recently caught my eye – a comment from a OU lecturuer who said that the OU ‘Beyond Google’ information literacy course had changed their life. We do our own ‘Beyond Google’ session for phD students (yes there are alot of them about) . As far as I know we don’t do this kind of bread and butter information literacy elsewhere, we seem to focus on databases searching and website evaluation.
I’m thinking perhaps we need more focus the idea of ‘Beyond Google’ for all students – for example image /audio search engines (including copyright/creative commons), invisible web specialised databases and so on, a bit of detail on the anatomy of an article on Wikipedia. The aim would be to wean students off auto-Googling, remind them that there are other tools and means of finding basic, everyday things. To consider where else they could search.
I’m not suggesting we shouldn’t cover database searching and evaluation, but perhaps we are missing a vital peice of the picture. Are the DWL librarians are going to tell me they do all this already. If we already cover it are we making this explicit enough to students?