I’ve done a lot of fence sitting in my comments about the new framework for information literacy instruction and its central tenet, the threshold concepts for information literacy. That was in part because I was still digesting the new ideas, and in part because some librarians I really respect had strong (and divergent) opinions, and I wasn’t sure yet where I fell.
But I’ve had some time for reflection, I’ve had time to incorporate aspects of the new framework into my practice, and I was able to immerse myself in the ideas behind the new framework while preparing my talk at the Kentucky Library Association.
I have some concerns about language used in the new framework. I think the definitions of some of the threshold concepts are troublesome and need continued work (I’m looking at you, information has value), while others aren’t quite intuitive as written. I’m still not sure why “metaliteracy” needs to be included at all. I’m curious how we can create continuity with the ACRL Standards from 2000, and how we’ll get faculty to buy into new ideas that are more challenging to explain.
But. I’m climbing off the fence.
I like the new framework. I especially like the threshold concepts as a pivot point for library instruction. Telling students where to click in the database is not teaching them how to effectively use information, and the new framework pushes us to be better, more engaged instructors. The research that backs it up resonates with me and my personal, professional experience. I think it moves us forward. I’m on board. More on this soon.
Yup, kept her out on a school night to watch the Giants clinch a wildcard. Also explained our strict family rules about never leaving a a game early. She was good with it.
To Joe Murphy:
I do not support your lawsuit against Lisa Rabey and nina de jesus. As a librarian and educator, I value open dialogue and believe the proper response to accusations of harassment is understanding and engagement. Instead, you have chosen to use legal action to silence future discussions about a critical issue in our profession and will likely prevent other victims of harassment from speaking out against their abusers. Thus, I request the following:
1. That you immediately cease legal action against the two defendants.
2. That you publicly apologize for using legal actions to silence and prevent public dialogue about a critical issue in our field.
3. That you compensate the defendants for any financial costs incurred as a result of your legal actions.
4. That you make a meaningful, symbolic gesture of solidarity, healing, and reform. I leave the nature of this gesture entirely to your design.
I believe the above requests are reasonable and furthermore will benefit the future of the library profession by setting an example for how to appropriately respond to accusations of harassment.
John Jackson, Librarian
Thank you, John. Well stated.
Daniel Ransom, Librarian
Poking around uispeccoll’s Instagram and what do I find? “This 1866 copy of Baked Meats of the Funeral (which is a collection of Civil War related things, rather than a melancholy cookbook)” Baked Meats of the Funeral. My coworkers must think I’m crazy because I can’t stop laughing.
What a remarkable title. The Internet Archive has it scanned and available full-text:
Baked meats at a funeral: A collection of essays, poems, speeches, histories, and banquets, by Private Miles O’Reilly, New York Volunteer Infantry.
@dsransom and I playing with the rad installation art at 21c. #louisville (at 21c Museum Hotels)
This was really cool. The letters flow down the wall, but you can “catch” them and lift them up.
Found a food truck pop-up hidden behind a crumbling brick facade on Louisville’s Whisky Row.
Dinner is a BBQ sandwich with bread and butter pickles and a locally brewed beer. Sound system is playing David Bowie. Kentucky! I like it.
I’m eating local…Louisville Hot Brown and a flight of bourbons.