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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?

3 Responses to “Bread and Butter of Information Literacy”

  1. gazjjohnson said

    As I’ve mentioned in replies to the previous post I cover OA search resources; but I tend to also talk about Google Scholar, Wikipedia and good web searching practice in most sessions (depending how long I get to cover it that is!).

    Be interested to sit down and talk through what you do to see what there is I can steal to reuse (anything to avoid writing from scratch!)

  2. gazjjohnson said

    Oh and I’m working on a three vid series on evaluating web sites, so you should have something fun to use to spice up a session come the new year (i think my production slate is pretty much filled up til mid Dec now!)

  3. selinalock said

    Don’t really cover much of this usually & I’m not sure we’ve actually run the Beyond Google session this term. Something we need to look into more I agree.

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