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Learning in the Library of Babel

Learning in the Library of Babel

Information literacy isn’t simply the capacity to find and use information, as if it’s a consumer transaction. It’s a years-long process of developing habits of curiosity, a respect for evidence, a grasp of the ethics of inquiry, the confidence for students to think for themselves, and a chance to develop a voice that will help them share ideas to make the world a better place. We’ll explore how this kind of learning in a fast-changing information environment can help USF graduates succeed in their lives and participate in fashioning a more humane and just world. A talk given at the University of San Francisco, October 2015.

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October 05, 2015
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  1. Image credits
    Circular “every avenger” visualization – Jer Thorp
    Library “palace of ambiguity” – Matthew Petroff
    Shopping cart – Caden Crawford
    Birch forest – Mercury Dog
    Stuttgart Library (stand-in for Library of Babel) – Steffen Ramsaier
    Facebook connections visualization (trails of association) – Kenneth Freeman
    Information wants to be free padlock – walknboston
    Information wants to be expensive locked door – Aris Gionis
    Telephone exchange – Wikimedia
    Librarians (“blind them with library science”) – New York Public Library
    Circular Twitter visualization – Daniel
    Visualization of alumni professions – Carleton College
    Chicken Chicken Chicken article – Isotropic
    APA flowchart – American Psychological Association
    Aircraft worker – Library of Congress
    Pinwheel as a star is born - NASA
    This talk was given by Barbara Fister at the University of San Francisco, Oct. 2015
    Text is available at barbarafister.com/USF.pdf

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