Key Points to Communicate the Value of Information Literacy

Dani Brecher and Kevin Michael Klipfel

For many librarians, getting faculty on board with collaborative information literacy instruction can be a real challenge. Kevin Michael Klipfel and Dani Brecher are the librarians behind the Rule Number One Blog, and they presented on this topic as part of our Professional Development Series earlier this year.

Librarians take on many roles, but have you ever played the role as the existential hero, Q from James Bond, or the “cool” aunt or uncle? Well, these are all roles that can translate into what a librarian does, day in and day out.

We’ve reworked their session into a condensed interactive presentation, including voiceover and a video recording of the original webinar. Check it out, and let us know what you think!

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How Do K-12 & Academic Librarians View Student Understanding of Website Credibility?

This is the first of six blog posts, discussing what EasyBib learned from a second round of analysis of our information literacy surveys, which were administered earlier this year. For more information about how you can be the first to know about our findings, click here.

We’re ready to dive deeper into the next round of analysis of our information literacy survey of 10,000 students and 1,200 librarians. This week’s question?

How would you rate your students’ level of understanding

on properly evaluating a website for credibility?



What did librarians and students tell us about research and critical thinking?

Both school and academic librarians agree–our students may not have the deepest understanding of how to evaluate a website. Do they know how to look for currency, relevancy, authority, accuracy, and purpose (or CRAAP, for those of you who use that method)?

K-12 Librarians

Elementary and middle school librarians say that over 60% of their students only have a rudimentary understanding–but that’s to be expected! Young students are just getting to know the web, and the earlier they learn, the better. We’ve got encouraging news from the high school librarians: they say 50% of their students have a rudimentary understanding (compared to that 60% at the elementary and middle school level), while 46% are at an average level, and 4% are advanced. K-12 district librarians are even more upbeat about website credibility comprehension, saying that almost 60% of their students have an average understanding.

What about academic librarians? How did this year’s data compare with our 2012 survey? Keep reading to find out!

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Professional Resources on Distance Teaching & Learning, Straight from #uwdtl14

VFS Digital Design (CC BY 2.0)

VFS Digital Design (CC BY 2.0)

The 30th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning took place last week in Madison, WI. With so much discussion of MOOCs, online degree programs, and technology to improve distance learning, I knew there was going to be a lot to learn about at this year’s conference.

While I didn’t attend in-person, I was keenly tracking the hashtag to see what I could learn from the attendees and stellar presenters. Check out this aggregation of tweets, SlideShares and Diigo pages to see what resources you can continue to use, even though the conference is over!

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The 11 Newest and Hottest EdTech Tools for 2014-2015

HOME-2It’s almost time to start the school year! Here’s a look at some of the newest and hottest edtech tools!


Brookstone Pocket Projector Mobile 85-Lumen

This pocket sized, portable projector allows you to quickly project from your mobile phone, ipad, or other device. Now that classrooms and libraries are shifting their furniture to reflect more of an open learning space, being able to quickly project a student’s presentation or a video seems pretty cool.

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