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Information Literacy


December 15, 2017

Is CRAAP dead? An inquest.  

Chloe Horning

I quite like the ACRL monthly digital publication “Keeping up With.” If you don’t receive it in your inbox each month; “Keeping up with” provides a brief rundown of a current library issue, with some citations at the end to check out. In November, the ‘Keeping up with” article, by Elizabeth Boden, was on debiasing and fake news, a topic that is probably…


October 11, 2017

Supporting Clinicians with Their Information Needs through Education

Frances Chu

Practicing clinicians – doctors, nurses, physical therapists, etc. – taking care of patients need information to help inform their practice and determine how best to care for patients so that they receive high quality and safe care. Even though the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) no longer specifies the need for libraries…


October 4, 2017

Hello from HSL: National Medical Librarians Month

Nikki Dettmar

October is National Medical Librarians Month, a time to celebrate and raise awareness of the important role that medical librarians have in healthcare, research, education, and the public’s health. Librarians from the Health Sciences Library (HSL) will be posting on Dangerous Liaisons this month and other UW Librarians are encouraged to learn more and share…


September 6, 2017

Tweet and Learn: Twitter as an Educational Tool

Patricia Devine

Twitter has been growing in popularity (although not as a money-making venture), and is one of the most used social media tools. While many still use it to connect with friends, follow the antics of celebrities, and keep up with family members, the use of Twitter as an educational tool has also been emerging for…


August 28, 2017

Data Literacy: “What It Is and Why You Should Care”

Ann Glusker

Open data… big data… data management…  These terms swirl around us, and often we just let them flow past.  But, to understand and navigate the rapidly changing landscape that is data, we need certain skills, and these are characterized as “data literacy”.  One definition of data literacy, from DataPopAlliance.org, is “the desire and ability to…


August 11, 2017

Evaluating Health News

Carolyn Martin

In my role as the Consumer Health Coordinator for the NNLM PNR, I bring awareness and educate various libraries (especially public libraries), K-12 schools, and community organizations about the free resources of the National Library of Medicine. Bringing this awareness and education is one way to increase health literacy and information so that the general…


July 20, 2017

Reflections from an assessment newbie

Laura Dimmit

Last week, the librarians here at the UWB/CC library met for a yearly event that is lovingly called the “Assessment Party.” This day was part of a larger project, focused on library learning outcomes for Cascadia’s College 101 course. College 101, also called College Strategies, is one of the primary courses targeted for instruction at Cascadia, and one that nearly…


July 11, 2017

Roles and Strengths of Teaching Librarians: An Update

Laura Dimmit

In November, you may recall reading on the blog about the call for feedback to proposed changes to ACRL’s “Roles and Strengths of Teaching Librarians in Higher Education.” Bringing this process full circle, in the July/August issue of C&RL News, you can read the updated document, accompanied by further details about the revision process, and…


June 2, 2017

Geospatial Literacy? Yes, Maps Need Critical Evaluation Too

Kian Flynn

In the aftermath of the 2016 election season, “information literacy” and “news literacy” were much buzzed about terms in the popular media, and librarians across the country were called upon to battle the scourge of “fake news” and deceptive information in our “post-truth” world. PBS, The Chicago Tribune, The Seattle Times, and many other news…


May 25, 2017

Fine, Let’s Talk about Fake News

Nia Lam

Recently, I’ve been getting more requests from instructors to incorporate more discussion of fake news into my information literacy instruction. At first, I felt somewhat unsure about how to respond to these requests. Were instructors looking for shortcuts or tips…like “how to tell if something is fake news in 3 easy steps?” How would this…



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