May 10, 2006
IL controlled vocabulary
I got this note yesterday from Jennifer at Seneca... not sure if it's a local IL Repository for Seneca librarians, or something to be shared with us all, like the CORIL project? However, regardless if you have something that will help them, please send it to the email address below:
"Seneca College is building an Information Literacy Repository and is seeking an existing IL or BI controlled vocabulary to use in the repository to describe our resources. If you have any information or a vocabulary to share please contact: email@example.com."
December 14, 2005
Show the Folly of Search Engine Loyalty
A search engine called Jux2 is back in service after a hiatus. Jux2 on the surface is a meta search engine, searching Google, Yahoo, and Ask Jeeves. But it also allows you to compare the search results of these 3 engines. If you click on the tab that says "Compare Google's Results", you get a list of web sites that only Google found and another list of web sites that were missing from Google. On closer inspection, these only apply to the top 10 results (i.e. only in Google's top 10, missing from Google's top 10), but since people tend not to go beyond the first page of search results, it's not wholly wrong.
I thought it could be a neat tool to use in teaching, to show that you really do miss out on relevant information when they stick to one search engine (Google, I'm looking in your direction). Jux2's Search Engine Stats page also makes this point, but doing a few searches will powerfully show, rather than just tell. Did you know that a search for "information literacy" doesn't bring up the LOEX site on the first 13 pages of results in either Google or Yahoo (I got tired after 13), but it's on page 1 (#6) in Ask Jeeves? I was shocked. Well, shocked-ish
September 9, 2005
CORIL needs you...
Looking for good teaching materials for the fall term? Or do you have teaching materials you would like to share with your colleagues across Canada? CORIL (the Cooperative Online Repository of Information Literacy Learning Objects) is an Ontario Council of University Libraries project that was started a year or so ago (full disclosure: I'm co-chair of the CORIL editorial board). Basically it's using the MIT developed DSPace technology to create a repository that IL librarians can post teaching materials to, for sharing purposes. The idea behind it came from Phyllis Wright, who after doing some research on various online projects in Ontario came to the conclusion that there was too much duplication of effort across the province. So at CORIL you can add material or you can borrow (and presumably adapt) material contributed by others.
CORIL is quite a small repository, but is really looking to grow. If you have teaching materials you'd like to share, it would really help us out and as there is a fair amount of traffic to the site -- it would help promote your work. For instance, a great exercise and video clip for faculty teaching workshops designed by librarians at Guelph has been downloaded over 200 times, and it's only been available in the repository for less than a year.
There are two collections in CORIL, an Open Collection and a Peer-Reviewed collection. The Open Collection is completely unfiltered and is designed for presentation slides, exercises, handouts and other materials of that nature. The Peer-Reviewed collection hosts materials that involve more substantive investments of time, such as online tutorials, workbooks and video clips. If you choose to go the peer-reviewed route, the editorial board will review your submission and get back to you with a decision and suggested revisions if necessary.
Membership and submission privileges are available for any Canadian librarian, so please take a look and share your stuff! Sharing is nice!
July 15, 2005
Finding IL gold in Canadian Sociology textbook
If any of you are doing IL instruction for a Sociology class using the textbook "Introducing Sociology: A Critical Approach" (3rd ed.) by Murray Knuttila, published by OUP Canada -- there is info lit gold in the "Related Web Sites" and "Suggested Further Readings."
In Chapter 2, one of the web sites cited is by Chris Brand and the site itself is fine, but you can easily link to a page about him and how he was fired by his university for his stated views on pedophilia, and, allegedly, also for his book linking race and intelligence. The annotated citation in the text gives his affiliation as University of Edinburgh, even though he was fired in 1997. So much fodder for discussion, both regarding the site and the textbook's inclusion of it.
In Chapter 9, the suggested readings give one citation for two articles that appear in a special section of a 2000 issue of American Journal of Sociology. This journal is in JSTOR, but it can be difficult to find the articles unless you browse because neither article title is given, and there is a mistake in the first author's name.
I just had to share, because these sorts of fall-in-your-lap perfect examples that are tied to the course content happen so rarely. Go find out if your Sociology department is using this textbook and make sure you get in the class. Go now!