Category Information Literacy

Books for Young Adults: Reviews and “Read-A-Likes”

While teenagers not reading “enough” is a perennial concern for adults, a recent article by Hannah Withers and Laurel Ross (published in McSweeneys) suggests that teens are reading far more than their fretting adult counterparts. A recent study conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project entitled “Younger Americans’ Reading and Library Habits” reported that sixteen- and […]

Medical Marijuana in Canada: Resources and Notes

The recent legislation in Colorado and Washington, which permits adults to carry and use small amounts of marijuana, has brought the American “War on Drugs” to a confusing place. In Mexico, where drug-linked violence constantly disrupts life for Mexicans, President Felipe Calderon states that this allowance by the American government restricts their “moral authority” to demand […]

I Brought to Art

I sit and muse in reverie. I brought to Art desires and sensations – some dimly envisaged faces and features; some vague memories of unfulfilled affairs. Let me surrender myself to Art; Art knows how to shape the Likeness of Beauty, barely perceptibly enhancing life, blending impressions, blending the days. -I Brought to Art, C.P. […]

(Mis)Information, (Mis)Management, & the Conservative Party, Vol. I

Peter Parycek and Michael Sachs understand the importance of information to a government and to the people that government serves. “People who grow up in an information society,” they state in this ePractice Open Government article, “are willing to participate in democracies, but they cannot prosper in systems based on constraint”. A strong society based […]

Night of the Living Information

Amidst the summer grasses Lie the graves of Saga’s beauties. -Shiki The antithetic electric power of instant information that reverses social explosion into implosion, private enterprise into organization man, and expanding empires into common markets, has obtained as little recognition as the written word. -Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media My grandmother had a family Bible. Not […]

Audubon’s Zombies: A Voodoo Guide for YA Librarians

The goals of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) for library services for young adults recognize that “young adults need and deserve services that address their educational, informational, cultural, and leisure time needs” (IFLA, 2010, p. 2). It is during young adulthood that many people will discover and take an interest in […]

“The Internet Just Is”: Information Literacy and Teens

This reflection on teens and information literacy was written for Prof. Paul McKenna’s seminar “Information Literacy,” which I attended during the Fall semester of 2011-2012 at Dalhousie University, Halifax. During my time in Dalhousie’s Library and Information Studies programme I came into contact with many public school librarians. A common thread between them, in addition […]