June 22, 2017

The Livelong Day | Office Hours

We spend a lot of time talking about various forms of literacy. Various approaches have risen up and faded quickly—transliteracy, metaliteracy, etc.—but the idea remains: How can everyday folks navigate a continually plugged in, all-access world? I think of these skills as life literacies or simply how we make sense of the world.

College Graduates, Critical Thinking, and Information Strategies | Not Dead Yet

Recently I was so fortunate as to attend a presentation by Alison Head, founder and director of Project Information Literacy, at the Monroe C. Gutman Library over at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. There I heard some pretty exciting preliminary results from two Project Information Literacy (PIL) Lifelong Learning Studies: “Phase One: Interviews with […]

What PIL Teaches Us About Lifelong Learning | Peer to Peer Review

Recent college graduates are recognizing the social nature of information and the fact that “finding sources to solve a problem” is less important than “finding ways to keep up,” according to the latest Project Information Literacy report.

Making Space for the Silenced | Peer to Peer Review

When I read Nina de Jesus’s blog post, “Locating the Library in Institutionalized Oppression,” I stashed it away so that I could mull it over. I am a bit of a library Pollyanna, making grand claims for the values libraries uphold, but I also remember the many times I went into libraries and felt intimidated. I am, aS many undergraduates are, loath to publicly announce my ignorance by asking questions that I can’t quite articulate. Where is everything? How does it work? Am I in the right place? Should I even be here?

What’s Next for Project Information Literacy: Interview with Alison Head | From the Bell Tower

This week Steven interviews Alison Head, executive director of Project Information Literacy (PIL). Read on to learn the latest developments at the organization and find a video related to the latest study.

Studying the Studies | From the Bell Tower

Having access to national studies helps academic librarians stay informed about their community members. Finding the time to read and analyze them—and make sense of possibly conflicting information—is a new “keeping up” challenge. Four studies in particular are most worthy of our ongoing analysis and reflection.