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Visually Explaining Information Literacy

March 2, 2016

In my previous post, I offered a book review of a graphic novel text, Information Now: A Graphic Guide to Student’s Research, that I am using in a two credit online library course. In addition the visual explanations offered in this text about information literacy concepts, I also search for videos and online tutorials. Most of the videos collected were found on YouTube. I share the links to these videos via social media and other online environments. Some of the key and universal concepts that I find helpful to have videos include: picking a topic or developing a research question, Boolean searching, choosing keywords, Google scholar, Library of Congress call numbers, open access, phrase searching and truncation, deep web explained, basic searching, evaluating sources, and more. It is my opinion that in our digitally enriched society, videos seem to be a very convenient way to convey ideas or concepts to a broad audience. I also feel that most students that I have interacted with either prefer to engage in an activity to learn a concept by watching a video. However, I wonder about the impact of information literacy videos. Are these videos to boring and/or could they be made to be more exciting? I plan to begin collecting feedback from students on these videos and how helpful they found them to providing relevant information. In the meantime, over the past several months, I have begun to archive (such the librarian) these links in my Stumble Upon account. I plan to continue to update this listing with videos as I discover them. Here is the link to my public Stumble Upon list of these links– Found Information Literacy Concept YouTube Videos

Please consider helping with the feedback process by sharing these videos. If you share them, I will presume that you found them useful. Further, share any links to videos you have found helpful in the comments section below.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Christina Steffy permalink
    March 2, 2016 3:56 pm

    I read your post about the graphic novel, and I got it to read. I would love to use it in an information literacy course. I’m looking forward to checking out the links you have on your Stumble Upon site. Thanks for sharing all of this info!

    • March 2, 2016 7:06 pm

      Hi Christina,

      Thanks for your feedback. I imagine you will find this text an interesting read. I was not able to put it down. No problem… that is what librarians do best, share!

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