Monday, October 16, 2006

Blogging: A Tool for Information Fluency

Blogging: A Tool for Information Fluency. This article is in the new issue of SOS Spotlight. It is by Pam Berger. The focus is K-12 school blogging but others interested in library blogging and information literacy will probably find this worthwhile to read. I particularly enjoyed several of the blogs linked to in the article.

From the site:

Did you respond to the latest posting on the journalism blog? How did you set up the RSS feed? Do you know of any good blogs on Manga? These are not questions from a science fiction novel but rather student interactions in 21st century classrooms and libraries. What it means to be literate is changing. Web 2.0, the term coined for the next generation Web, moves the Internet from being simply web sites and search engines to a shared network space that offers students a place to publish and broadcast their own writing, collaborate on projects and engage in conversations. Students with their mobile and non-mobile devices -- cell phones, MP3 players, laptops, digital cameras, computers, etc. are always online and connected to one another and to the Web. Blogs, one of the first traces of Web 2.0, displays the Web 2.0 principles of interactivity, user participation, and collective intelligence.

In a few short years, blogs have grown into an exciting medium for individuals to express their opinions, participate in an online community, communicate ideas, share relevant information, and document important events as they happen. Thanks to free and inexpensive blog hosting sites, anyone can blog. A recent study (July 2006) found that eight percent of internet users, or about 12 million American adults, keep a blog. Thirty-nine percent of internet users, or about 57 million American adults, read blogs – and a majority of them are under 30 years old.

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