Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Dear Sue

Dear Sue,

Thanks you for getting the ball rolling with this project. I'm really looking forward to seeing what happens over the course of the next year. I agree, the dialogue format will be a good way to establish a conversation, rather than just a depository of quick notes.

I also think it's very exciting that we come from complimentary backgrounds. It's nice that you have the school library angle and that I'm working on developing a college/university library angle. The interplay between foundational education, and educational expectations will be interesting as they arise.

I participated in the Spring 2005 Information Literacy (LIB 100) follow-up meeting today. It was interesting to hear where we're coming from and where we're going. One of the issues that arose is that professors expect their incoming students to be information literate by the time they start their studies in college. There is also a huge expectation that students be technologically information literate, as this generation is nicknamed the "Millennials."

I enjoy your questions, especially as they reframe the teacher's role. I'm excited in seeing where this goes! I'm also interested in the creation of an information literate lifestyle: how can we help students see this as a way of thinking that is useful beyond the classroom? Lately I've been reading about First Year Experience programs that work with incoming freshmen to prepare them for college. Are there spaces within these programs for information literacy education, as well? Of course, there are many questions I'm starting to pay attention to... so who knows what I'll be wondering about two days from now!

In Friendship,
Lauren

PS Vegans do eat chocolate... I don't know what I'd do without it! We just normally eat dark chocolate or bake goods with cocoa powder. Right now my big weakness is a (Vegan) cheesecake-ice cream... that's something I didn't think I'd ever have again! :)

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Dear Lauren

Dear Lauren,

I've been thinking about what form this BLOG should take. I decided to go with the Dear Lauren thinking that the format could be a dialogue between us and that way we would each sign our entries as well. It sets an informal tone I hope.

What I also realized was how the format (design) mirrors much of my attempts this past semester at instructional design. I designed a shared journal project with my intern this semester that basically was an email conversation as she did her practicum with me. The shared journal provided a space for each of us to learn from the experience and from each other. I'm in the process of pairing our school staff with our rising fourth graders as pen pals to encourage writing and build community. And I have been a part of some wonderful email conversations with my teachers.

So I guess what I'm realizing is that this is a format for learning that works for me and it has a feeling of innovation as well. It will be fun to see what we do here. In fact, let's not make it work. At least not yet - save that for when we want academic credit. But maybe this is the form our independent study takes as well.

I'm excited about exploring the concept of information literacy with you. I'm coming at it from a school library angle and you will be coming from an academic angle. Between the two of us we can cover preschool-college and beyond. Because among the questions that interest me are whether we, the information professionals, are information literate? Do we really understand what that means and do we walk the talk? And as I write that I realize that this has also been an emerging instructional design question for me as well. Are we models/mentors for the subjects we teach?

Don't take this too seriously! Let's have fun with it.

Do vegans eat chocolate?

In Friendship,
Sue