The Library is Not Closed!

Greetings all – So much is happening fo fast these days with COVID-19. Many libraries have closed their physical buildings but their virtual offerings remain. Library folk have stepped up to keep the human face of the library visible – online story times, video chats for reference, phone services with library phones transferred to remote […]

Cedar Rapids Public Library Video Tour

Hey all – I put together a little video about my tour and time at Cedar Rapids Public Library last fall. I went there to speak at the library’s staff development day. View video– Web version Download video podcast Download lecture slides This is optional but if you have a few minutes, please take a […]

Models! Models!

Hey all -I was thinking about your last two Blog Reports and all the connections made to information theories ands models. There were a few that were new to me! If you are inclined – and I think this will help everyone – please share a model or theory you cited in your work, discovered […]

Checking In: Information Behaviors and Needs

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Hey all – I  finished reading your article summary posts this week. I learned a lot about your communities! I want to make sure that everyone understands  the focus of the assignments: information behaviors and needs of your chosen community. Many of you have located useful studies related to your community’s info behaviors and needs. Some […]

Research-Based vs Community-based – Thoughts?

A helpful comparison developed by a student in INFO 200 a few semester ago that can guide you as you select your resources: A Research-based information source is: • Published by experts or academics • Intended for use by many different people (community members, academics, etc.) • One-way communication (from expert to reader) • Provides […]

Making Use of Pew Research

Hey all – You may find Pew Research or Pew Internet & Tech very useful for your community descriptions in the formal assignments. Their research can be very useful for background and supporting demographic data, data on technology use and access, etc. For example: Key findings about U.S. immigrants