Action Items for Research Paper & Blogging!

Hey all – Here are some action items to guide you through the next few weeks. Some I carried over from this post.

Everyone also remember to breathe, take care of yourselves and your loved ones, and be safe. Contact me anytime with questions or concerns.

Research Paper:

  • Go through all the material in Getting Started with the Research Paper & the Research Paper Helper
  • All assignments in INFO 200 help build your understanding and knowledge of the information needs and information-seeking behaviors of the information community you are researching. You can feel free to remix and adapt previous assignments and blog posts and incorporate these into your research paper. This is not self-plagiarism!
  • Fine tune your community description to fit the required introduction for the paper. A successful description for the assignments addresses who the community is, what information needs and behaviors they have, and should cite some of our foundational literature as well as your own pertinent, peer-reviewed resources. You might even include some stats pulled from research-based sources as well such as Pew, etc.
  • Work on your outline of the paper first and consider submitting it to me for review. 
  • Be clear with your writing. Use simple, straightforward sentences. Avoid sweeping generalizations without supporting evidence.
  • Work on the blog posts explored below as sections of your paper’s discussion. Research your community’s use of emerging technology (or technology in general). How do they use it as part of their information behaviors? (After the paper, you’ll be creating a media artifact to share some of these findings too!)
  • Pay close attention to minimum and maximum word counts.
  • Follow the formatting requirements closely.
  • Proof everything. Ask a classmate to proof your work and proof theirs.

Blog Reports:

  • Blog Post #5: Explore how libraries and information centers create learning and programming opportunities for your chosen community. 11/15
  • Blog Post #6: Report on the issues your community may face on an international scale. 11/22
  • Blog Post #7: Report on your community’s use of emerging technologies 12/06 (Submit your URL for grading by 12/07)
  • Blog Post #8: Personal reflection on information communities. (Participation)  12/07

Here are some thoughts on the rest of our course blogging:

  • Blog Post #5: Explore how libraries and information centers create learning and programming opportunities for your chosen community.

Helper: 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: Report on the issues your community may face on an international scale. 

Helper: 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.

ACTION ITEMS:

  • 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!

Next:

  • Blog Post #7: Report on your community’s use of emerging technologies 5/10

Helper: 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! Use these “How To” pages at the Community Site:

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

Also, checkout  this helpful site: https://marketingtechblog.com/infographic-layouts/

Please comment below with how you are doing, your own coping strategies and any action items you have for our class, etc

Image: Forest Bathing. – Early spring in Michigan

 

6 thoughts on “Action Items for Research Paper & Blogging!

  1. Pingback: Welcome to Module 12: Global Information Communities – INFO 200 – Information Communities

  2. Sarah Greer

    I think the most challenging part of the blog posts for me has been incorporating images/media. I understand the value of including both but it seems a little out of place when I do so in my work. The helpful sites listed above (particularly the last link) have helped me understand how to incorporate images/media without them distracting from my writing.

  3. Angela B

    Thanks for the thoughts, @sarahjj – I just read the article and I agree, that is helpful visualization. (Although, bummer – if you click through to the actual post with free layout downloads, the link is broken!) I used Canva for my intro post in Info 203 this fall, and I would say it was about an 8 or 9/10 for user friendliness, but I’m wondering if one of the other tools would be better for Blog no. 7. Has anybody else used any of those other sites, and have feedback about user friendliness or usefulness?

  4. Pingback: Welcome to Module 13: Emerging Technologies – INFO 200 – Information Communities

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.