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wild In the wildShe did it again.  Back in October I shared that Kristin and Buffy crowd-sourced and edited the wonderful School Libraries: What’s Now, What’s Next, What’s Yet to Come?

Just a couple of weeks back, Kristin Fontichiaro gathered the writings of the diverse group of grad students–pre-service librarians and educators–in her University of Michigan School of Information SI 641/EDCURINS 575 class and compiled Information Literacy In the Wild.  (Kristin, is a clinical assistant professor and coordinator of the school library media program.)

The digital project is a compilation of essays reflecting their field experiences in public libraries, K-12 libraries, K-12 classrooms, college classrooms (online and face-to-face), academic libraries, museums, and more.

I am just digging in.  I see much deep thinking in these student reflections. (You can kinda hear the learning.) I am also finding interesting instructional strategies, assessment ideas, and a few very intriguing models-in-the-making. I know I am going to share this with my future student teachers. And I suspect we will hear much more from the members of SI 641/EDCURINS 575 in years to come.

Kristin’s efforts make you wonder why our practicum students don’t often share what they learn more broadly.

What’s clear is that this ebook presents fresh voices, new perspectives, and truly validates the work of students.

Here’s a sampling of the Table of Contents and information on how to get your own copy.  Thank you again, Kristin!

PART I: INFORMATION LITERACY IN THE WILD

  • Database-a-phobia: Kyle Tecmire
  • Primary Sources and the Inquiry Process in the Museum: Laura Gibbons
  • Guidance in the Information Jungle: Joanna Price
  • Iterative Instruction: Katy Mahraj

PART II: INFORMATION LITERACY IN PUBLIC LIBRARIES

  • Early Literacy and Reading Readiness in Public Libraries: Kathryn McMahon
  • How to Tame a Bird Unit: Caroline Mossing
  • Walking the Walk: Kristel Wieneke

PART III: INFORMATION LITERACY IN K-12 CLASSROOMS

  • “It has to be true. It was just cut-and-pasted!” Information Seeking and Evaluation in the AIC Simulation: Mariah Cherem
  • The Importance of Information Literacy in a Middle School Setting: Elizabeth A. Mines
  • “It’s Just German”: How We Can Change Attitudes About Information Literacy in a World Language Context: Caroline Nagle
  • The Dreaded Bird Unit: Joshua Skodack
  • Confessions of a Pre-Service Social Studies Teacher: The Dichotomy Between Research Process and Content: Curtis Lee

PART IV: INFORMATION LITERACY IN K-12 SCHOOL LIBRARIES

  • Hook: John Cole
  • From Black and White to Gray: Addressing Information Literacy Skills in Web Evaluation: Kara Fribley
  • Assessing the Need for Assessment: Emily Johnson

PART V: INFORMATION LITERACY IN COLLEGE CLASSROOMS

  • Lessons in Visual Literacy: Brianne Rhoades and Mary Braun
  • Synthesize This!: JJ Pionke
  • Looking at the Information Needs of Pre-Service Teachers: Ander Erickson

PART VI: INFORMATION LITERACY IN ACADEMIC LIBRARIES

  • The Importance of Academic Library K-12 Outreach: Natalie Mulder
  • Creating Successful Collaboration between K-12 Educators and Academic Libraries: Mallorie Colvin
  • Journey or Destination? Process vs. Product in Undergraduate Information Literacy: Kimberly Miller
  • The Known Unknown: How a Map Can Lead the Way for New Researchers and New Librarians Alike: Kelly Davenport
  • SCVNGR for Information Literacy Instruction: Meggan Frost and Jill Morningstar
  • Pull It Apart: Discovering Information Literacy with Technology: Peter Timmons
  • What’s the Keystroke Command for Information Literacy? Getting from Tech Skills to Thinking Skills: Andrea Neuhoff
  • Becoming a Literate Information Literacy Instructor: Alissa Talley-Pixley
  • When Technology Fails: Sarah LeMire

Format Full Book
Online Reading (HTML, good for sampling in web browser) View
Online Reading (JavaScript, experimental, buggy) View
Kindle (.mobi for Kindle devices and Kindle apps) Download
Epub (Apple iPad/iBooks, Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo, and most e-reading apps including Stanza, Aldiko, Adobe Digital Editions, others) Download
PDF (good for reading on PC, or for home printing) Download
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Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is the teacher-librarian at Springfield Township High School, a technology writer, and a blogger. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

Comments

  1. Kristin says:

    Thanks, Joyce! Your words echo how I framed the project for students, so I am delighted that their words are being read. They are a very special group.

    For your readers who prefer to read a PDF formatted for print, we recommend http://bit.ly/infowild . (We printed some copies on the UM Library’s Espresso Book Machine for family and friends.)

    Kristin

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