Good Read: “Information Literacy” by Shannon Najmabadi

Good Read: “Information Literacy” by Shannon Najmabadi

In this time when phrases like “post-truth era” and “false news” have entered the vernacular, the concept of information literacy (one of the programs of the MSU Libraries, as well as most other academic libraries) is gaining increasing attention and scrutiny. On February 27, 2017, the Chronicle of Higher Education published an article on this topic. Najmabadi reports that a research study conducted at Stanford University and released last November found that many college students “had trouble identifying partisan or paid-for content online and assessing the credibility of sources.” At the U of Albany, part of the SUNY system, “every department has been responsible since 2014 for teaching information literacy.” Another multi-institution study, called the Citation Project, “found that students’ academic papers were often a kind of information dump, she says — quotes sewn together with little analysis.” (Somewhat like this blog post!)


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