Only connect ... discovery pathways, library explorations, and the information adventure
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Librarians, learning support and academic staff could benefit from knowing more about the pathways that learners take through academic information: how they perceive, model and negotiate the information environment. With a richer understanding of our learners’ individual journeys, we can make our interventions more relevant and more timely; we can structure our courses to allow pathfinding to develop; and we can help our learners to navigate reflectively through the sea of information. We present a range of information discovery journeys, from reflections upon formal search processes to a library fairy story. This book represents the richness of information discovery.
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Oct 6, 2013Walsh & Coonan have embraced the opportunity to experiment with this publication; this has resulted in a work that not only discusses information discovery but also displays how the use of audio and visual technology can be blended with traditional print to create an interactive e-book experience. Structurally, “Only Connect” encourages discovery as its usefulness is not dependent on it being read cover to cover. Our review reflects this approach. “Only connect” challenges pre-conceptions information professionals may hold with regard to what and whom constitute as being “information literate” and ask the reader to broaden their view, this is particularly evident in chapters such as Johnson & Walsh’s “Journeying without a map...” which discussed two forms of information retrieval; “Following the paths” and “exploring the landscape”. The chapter “An Educational Researcher’s Journey” offers guidance in the form of an A-Z of literature search principles and outlines practical... More > steps that can be “taught”. A nuanced understanding of the information need takes precedence over advanced searching skills, but is harder to “apply” in practice, reminding us why rigid Information Literacy models are imperfect. As we move from the perspective of the Mapmakers to that of the Travellers in the second section of the book, the chapters present personal reflections on information seeking behaviour and journeys. The idiosyncratic aspect of learning journeys is emphasised by the movement of some authors beyond text. "Memories: Information, Discovery, Documentary” does exactly that, and takes the form of a video. Walsh and Coonan speak of frustrations encountered with traditional competency standards, and indeed the shortcomings in this area are plainly exposed in the Travellers section of the book, and in the art and design context of Memories. This video chapter demonstrates that although the research project was far from “traditional”, information had a clear role to play in supporting the students’ creativity, and developing the students’ understanding of their practice from personal, historical and stylistic perspectives. To conclude, the editors ask: “Has this book made you think? Edified you a little (or a lot)? Advanced the idea of information literacy at all?” The answer to all three: a resounding “yes”. This review has been constrained by the character limit imposed by the website. Please visit our blog for the full review: manchesternlpn.wordpress.com< Less
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- Innovative Libraries (Creative Commons Attribution 2.5)
- Innovative Libraries
- August 28, 2013
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.96 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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