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Once Upon a Furl in a Podcast Long Ago…

Posted by comartslibrarian on June 25, 2007

Joan Lippincott, Coalition for Networked Information – joan at

Why New Directions in Library Instruction?

  • Changes in student behaviors – especially among NetGen students
    • Born 1982-1991
    • Grew up with computers and the Net
    • Not ‘tethered’ to a place; live and interact online
    • Multitaskers
    • Oriented to collaboration in groups
    • Experiential learners
    • Oriented to visual imagery – less text
    • Producers as well as consumers
  • Better understanding of learning principles and styles
  • Availability of new technologies

Deeper Learning Requires… (based on “Mind Over Matter” by Carmean & Haefner)

  • Social
  • Active
  • Contextual
  • Engaging
  • Student-owned

How do we change information seekers to information producers?

Challenge for us is to foster a convergence of literacies (written, information, technology, and visual)!

Henry Jenkins (MIT) emphasizes these key skills in K-12 education (and college level):

  • “collective intelligence” (wikis, blogs, etc.)
  • “judgment” — evaluation of info resources
  • “networking” – ability to synthesize and disseminate information
  • “multitasking” – the ability to scan one’s environment and shift focus as needed to salient details (processing and ranking)
  • “simulation – the ability to interpret and construct dynamic models of real-wrold processes
  • “appropriation” – the ability to meaningful sample and mix content (NEED TO INCLUDE UNDERSTANDING OF INTEL PROPERTY ISSUES)

Libraries should partner with these types of groups on-campus:

  • Center for Teaching & Learning
  • New Media Center
  • IT Dept.
  • Film or Multimedia Studies Dept.

How are libraries making this change?

  • Building these group collaboration spaces into libraries is also a new trend.
  • Shift from teaching about library resources to teaching about information & tools.
  • Data for visualization (how to search for images, clips, graphs, charts)
  • Utilizing or linking to Television/Cable channel productions
  • Adding links to special collections in Wikipedia (U-Washington)
  • GMU Center for New Media – Oral histories on the web
  • YouTube (A Fair(y) Use Tale) – a parody of Disney films to illustrate principles of intel property


Faculty — interest in these skills, willingness to collaborate, acceptance of new forms of student projects.

Librarians — broadening their concept of information literacy, engaging in collaborative learning with students and faculty.

Also cited Oblinger & Oblinger article on “Educating the Net Gen.”


One Response to “Once Upon a Furl in a Podcast Long Ago…”

  1. college said

    Good info.

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