Friday Quote

I imagine that you’d like to become a success or something equally vile.

-John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces

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Reliability Tutorial

Bill Marino (Eastern Michigan) has given me permission to post a tutorial he and his team put together on reliability and evaluating information. Bill and I met at last year’s LOEX, and he asked permission to use and adapt a “reliability continuum” I made up and use in my classes to get students to think critically about sources. Interestingly, the tutorial combines the CRAAP test with my work, so the tutorial is very Cal State-centric, as the CRAAP test was created by our library dean here at the Meriam Library, Sarah Blakelee.  Sarah is, of course, aware that I don’t have much love for the CRAAP test, and seems to like me anyway.

Here’s the tutorial for anyone interested. I’ve put together a few similar information literacy modules but they don’t look nearly as nice.

reliability tutorial

I’d also like to point out that Bill was an exemplar of being a good professional colleague with all of this: he requested my permission to use and adapt my ideas for this purpose, properly cited the work in the tutorial, said he’d follow up with me when the tutorial was finished, and actually did!

 

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Friday Quote

If something comes into my life that’s making me feel like I have to think one thing and say another, I’m getting rid of it, I’m walking away from it, or I’m talking about it.

-Dan Harmon

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In Defense of Research Guides

Yesterday, Kevin wrote a very well-reasoned post expressing his skepticism about LibGuides. I am less skeptical and more hopeful–when I think about research guides, I think:

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Courtesy of refe99.com

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Skepticism about LibGuides

Sometimes when I think about LibGuides (or subject guides) this is how I feel:

Alex-Prager_Despair

Photo Credit: Alex Prager

My goal in this post is to tell you a little bit about why.

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Friday Quote

I think trusting my instincts has led me to do the work I’m doing now. We’re all unique, we’re all born different, no one is going to think exactly like you. People have different experiences and have a unique track in their lifetime. There’s no one that has lived exactly the same life, so we’re automatically born with a gift of uniqueness. So if you just trust that and not try to copy other artists & photographers. If you build on your instinct, it’s a scientific fact that your work will be unique, genuine and pure. But that’s probably the hardest thing to do, just to be yourself.

-Alex Prager

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Friday Quote

Enjoy your problems.

-Shunryu Suzuki

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