Beyoncé and Information Literacy!

On Saturday, 23rd April 2016, Beyoncé surprised the music would (and everyone else), by releasing a visual album, Lemonade.

The album is loaded with pop culture and historical references as well as many collaborations. It is, therefore, very useful as an information literacy tool (as well as being a great piece of visual and musical art)!

Art is Information, Part I – Exploring the research methodologies of artists in Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ #libeyrianship –

Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ and Information Resources –

Blog post and LibGuide both by Jenny Ferretti, Digital Initiatives Librarian at Decker Library, Maryland Institute College of Art.


41 Years of Information Literacy

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The phrase ‘information literacy’ was first used in 1974! It was coined by Paul Zurkowski, a lawyer and, at the time, president of the Information Industry Association.

There are several definitions of information literacy. However, whichever definition is your favorite we can all acknowledge the growing importance of information literacy in a world increasingly experiencing information overload!

Information Literacy & Summon

Information Literacy and Summon was held at Sheffield Hallam University on 18th July 2012 – how using web-scale discovery impacts on your information literacy teaching. Summonil2012 is the blog for the event, with entries that weI want to be a real duckre live blogged during the presentations and follow-up pieces.

~ MultiSearch is the name chosen for Summon at WIT Libraries.

Image: Health students take to Summon like ducks to water at University of Huddersfield!

Liking and Tweeting: Facebook and Twitter and Information Literacy

Facebook and Twitter are everywhere – news barely exists if it hasn’t been tweeted. Everyone and everything has its own Facebook page and more and more sites are allowing you to post your purchase, bookmark, etc, etc, to Facebook.
The latest issue of Reference Services Review, Volume 40, Issue 2, has several interesting articles on Twitter and Facebook.
The potential is obvious for libraries, but students seem less keen to follow/like an academic library (surely, we’re cool by now?!). Students use these tools all the time and so are used to constant updated info in bite-sized chunks. I think, therefore, that they expect our info lit sessions to deliver info in a similar way. So is tweeting an info lit session the way to go?! So, maybe not the whole session, but what about hashtag-ing a course name/keyword on Twitter or looking at a, relevant to the course, Facebook page?
The Peer to Peer Review on Library Journal has an interesting article which is relevant to this topic. ‘On Not Settling for Innovation’ makes the point
   that we are competing for our patrons in a marketplace of time, energy, and attention,  and that we will only win their time, energy, and attention if we’re tuned in to them and their needs, rather than focusing on whether or not we, the library, are on the cutting edge. Trust me: our patrons don’t much care whether we’re innovative. They care  whether we make it easier for them to do their work.
 Reference Services Review is available on Emerald through our Databases page.