Assignment Helper- Blog Reports

The blog report assignment encourages you to think and reflect on the research you are gathering related to the information behaviors of your community. Here are some helpful notes for the five reflective posts. Reminder: these posts are most certainly intended to be recycled and remixed for use in future 200 assignments. This is not “self-plagiarism.”

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Submitting Your Assignment:

  • Blog posts must be at least 300 words in length.
  • Spell and grammar check your posts. 
  • Take a break from blogging and come back later to proofread it (manually). 
  • Each of the eight required blog posts will need to be published by the prescribed due date by your instructor. 
  • Note: WordPress does not allow one easily to add a “hanging indent” for references listed in APA 7 format.  
  • 2x during the semester you will share your top level WordPress site URL to Canvas for grading. Once after completing Blog Report #4 and once again after completing Blog Report #7.
  • All assignments are due on Sundays unless otherwise noted and must be turned in by 11:59 p.m. PT
  • If life circumstances require students to request an extension, please do so several days before the assignment is due or as soon as possible.


Blog Post #2: Describe the Information Community you are choosing to explore for the course and the research paper. Utilize Fisher & Bishop’s definition and characteristics of Information Communities to describe your choice to the class.

  • Be sure to cite Fisher & Bishop from our course materials as part of your description as well as other readings and resources featured in the lectures.
  • What connections do you see between your chosen community and the definition of information communities?
  • What other readings and resources featured in the lectures do you feel may be useful in exploring with this community?
  • Cite other course resources or your own research as needed.
  • Take a look at the Post #2 samples for each of the Assignment Synthesis Examples. 

Blog Post #3: Report on the information-seeking behavior and information needs of chosen community. Utilize theories covered in the lectures and assigned readings. Cite the peer-reviewed studies relating to the information behaviors of your information community you’ve found so far.

  • Share some high level insights you’ve gleaned about your community and information behavior from researching in the LIS databases.
  • Highlight 2-3 articles that demonstrate how LIS researchers explore the community.
  • What methodologies are used to study the group?
  • How does the community use, find and create information? What theories of information behavior do you see in play?
  • Cite other course resources or your own research as needed.
  • Take a look at the Post #3 samples for each of the Assignment Synthesis Examples. 

Blog Post #4: Summarize one of the peer-reviewed studies relating to the information behaviors of your information community you have found. Briefly describe the author’s credentials,  the scope of the study, the methodology, and findings of the piece. What insights did you glean from this study about the information behaviors of your community?

Choose a peer-reviewed study that focuses on your community’s information behaviors or practice. Do not choose a column or essay (that may have also gone through peer review) but a research study with a literature review, methodology, findings, etc.  If you need a refresher, Module 2 covered scholarly, peer-reviewed literature. Craft your post using the following template:

  • APA Citation
  • Summary of the article that includes author credentials, the scope of the study, the methodology used, and an overview of the findings. This might be one or two paragraphs.
  • Then, write a paragraph or two that explores how the article informs what you know about your chosen community. What connections do see to course readings?  What further insights has this article sparked? What might you include in your literature review section of research paper to highlight this study?
  • References in APA format (as best as WordPress can do!)
  • Cite other course resources or your own research as needed.
  • Take a look at the Post #4 samples for each of the Assignment Synthesis Examples. 

Blog Post #5: Explore the professional literature and the resources included in the Teaching and Learning module and write a post related to how libraries and information centers create learning and programming opportunities for your chosen community. What innovative services are in place to support your community’s curiosity? Or suggest some ideas for learning programming based on gaps you discover in services to your group. 

Blog Post #6: From your exploration of the literature and the resources included in the Global Librarianship Module, craft a blog post related to the issues your information community may face on an international scale. Consider, for example, how similar info communities to yours seek and create information in the context of their culture. Try to discover whether your international counterparts bring social, gender, environmental and economic justice to light. See if you can share your discoveries and observations in hopes that your experience can prepare and even educate fellow information professionals. 

  • These two can be written by exploring the professional literature (Library Journal, American Libraries, etc) or other resources related to your community.
  • Search for articles related to how libraries are offering learning programs for your community and how your community or a related community is being served on the global stage.
  • You can actually start these searches now and keep what you find for when you complete the upcoming modules and start writing.
  • Write both posts to easily fit into your research paper’s Discussion section, perhaps under headings such as “Learning Programming for Harry Potter Fans” and “Library Services Around the World for Harry Potter Fans.” This is not self-plagiarism!

Blog Post #7: Create a media-based artifact (infographic, video, audio, etc) from your research and explorations of your community’s use of emerging technologies. How do they use technology to advance the community or share information? Be as creative as you’d like!

Some popular tools students have used, as compiled by include:

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