Friday, January 25, 2008

Librarians' sport of choice: Teaching information literacy through fantasy football

The January issue of College & Research Libraries has a nice article up by Paul Waelchli. It is titled Librarians' sport of choice: Teaching information literacy through fantasy football. This is a great article and my congratulations to Paul for connecting these two important concepts (football and information literacy) so well. (And as an aside, I was fortunate to be in a librarian fantasy football league with Paul last fall. I came in third!)

From the article:

Librarians want students to effectively identify and evaluate information and make decisions based upon what they discover. These are just some of the skills that an information literate student successfully applies. These are the same skills that more than 19 million people use on a daily or weekly basis playing fantasy sports.1 As the NFL football season comes to a close, millions of Americans, some as young as 12 years old, have spent the past few months connected to information literacy. They just don’t know it.

The challenge for librarians is to connect fantasy sports skills to information literacy and create building blocks for academic applications of the same concepts. One library, University of Dubuque, did just this by teaching fantasy football research to incoming student athletes. Through the lesson, students engaged in discussions of creditability, validity, timeliness, and search strategies to find and evaluate fantasy football information. The assessment of these instruction sessions showed incoming students successfully identifying evaluation criteria and reporting positive changes in how they viewed research and libraries.

1 comment:

Paul said...

Thank you for the positive comments Michael... and congrats on your 3rd place finish.

If anyone is interested in more details about the information literacy sessions we conducted on fantasy football, please follow the following link to my Research Quest blog:
http://researchquest.blogspot.com/search/label/fantasy%20sports