In Islam’s and Murno’s article, it was interesting to read about information literacy translating from the high school level to the college level, and the gaps that come about. I have always felt like this was severely lacking due to the fact that most of the time that I have ran into most high schoolers are not prepared for what is to come in college. These freshmen do not quite know how to work what is all available to them when it comes to researching or papers, so then they are missing out on a lot. Yes, they may know how to start the research, but not always know how work the tools to get the answer. This article really opened my eyes on the discrepancies of what is being taught to our high schoolers when it comes to information literacy. I know from experience how overwhelming it is to be unprepared for college and needing to know and understand so many different things in order to succeed. I have always been on the idea that there needs to be a standardized goal for the School Media Librarians to teach students in information literacy. This article really has starting ground for where these students need to be at when they start college and where there is lacking areas that are hardly touched. This article showed an interesting aspect by looking at different regions in the United States and how different each region is meeting these standards. I think by standardizing and giving a better, more in depth lesson in information literacy before students graduate, they would be better prepared for college and less intimidated.
This is a thought provoking article about libraries bringing in 3D printers. Now 3D printers are something that is hard to wrap my mind around. To think that we have made a machine that we put in some data and it prints out the tangible object. Of course, I understand and grasp the concept of the 3D printers, but to bring them into the library is something that is really a multi-sided opinion. Yes, it is great to offer something like that to the community who may never have a chance to work with or come in contact with the machine on their own. We, as libraries, are all about providing opportunities for our community and to give them access to what we can. Yet, there will always be the people who ruin it for everyone by abusing the power given to them. Should the library be held liable to the actions that they had not foreseen? Should the libraries that offer or are planning to offer a 3D printer have a system in place where they have to have a design approved before printing? But does that violate freedoms or rights by having to go through approvals? I just don’t know about this being in public libraries, are we ready to handle the responsibility? No matter what we do and what we do to protect ourselves, we should be prepared for whatever may come.
September 10, 2013
Today, I got to explore the many aspects of EWU’s main library page and to begin to form my opinion on how it is set up. I find the library’s main homepage a bit overwhelming an little confusing. Though I know how to work around it and get the answers I need, it makes me wonder how newbies handle the homepage and being able to obtain information.
While looking through the website, an interesting subject of library and social media was brought. Now I can understand that we want to bring the library forward in the times and to show people that we are adapting. However, does an academic library need a Facebook page or a twitter page? Especially when the main EWU Facebook or twitter provides the same information. In my opinion, no I do not think that academic libraries need all the social media ‘stuff’. I do not mean that they should not adapt to the Web 2.0 standards and bring in the New Generation features. I feel that the public library has more of a use for a Facebook page. By having this, the library can reach a wide span of patrons and give out the information that may not be able to get to them otherwise when it comes to events and programming. Not only that, public libraries are the cent of the community and provide information for their patrons. Facebooking and Twittering may help spread news of the happenings of a community fast. Here is where I feel patrons pay the most attention, whereas in the academic library setting, if the patrons need information they will come to the library for it. I do not think that many of those patrons even think about checking on Facebook for certain things.
September 4th, 2013,
Today I got to sit behind the reference desk in hope of getting familiar with how we are to ask questions and what resources we have available. It was great to get to know what is out there at our fingertips to help the students and answering their questions. I will be excited when the desk is busier and I will be able to practice what I have learned.