INFO 200 Update: Action Items for LRM/Blogs & Taking Care of Ourselves

Greetings everyone – I have been pondering what we can do to ease stress regarding our class. We are all dealing with varying levels of chaos and change due to the coronavirus and the recent uptick in cases nationwide. I want you all to be safe and well. Family and health should always come first.

I want to check in and see how you all are doing and offer some thoughts on the rest of our time together. Here are some action items that may be helpful:

Community Description:

This is an important component of the formal assignments to come.

  • LRM: Define the Information Community and explain the significance of studying the information behaviors of this group (e.g. why is this research important).
  • Research Paper: Introduction. Identify the information community being studied and why an examination of this group is significant. This opening section should conclude with an overview of what topics related to the information needs and information-seeking behaviors of the community the paper will address.

ACTION ITEMS:

  • Work on this now and you’ll be able to remix and re-use in the LRM and 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.
  • Be clear with your writing. Use simple, straightforward sentences. Avoid sweeping generalizations without supporting evidence.
  • Organize your thoughts into categories, such as: “Harry Potter fans seek information about the series, exchange news and insights, and often use virtual communities for enjoying their fandom via fan fiction, discussion, and analysis (Citation for cool HP fans study here).”

Literature Review Matrix due 11/08

ACTION ITEMS:

  • Use the LRM Helper as a guide.
  • Paste in your community description and be sure to include all articles cited in the references list.
  • Be sure you have 8 peer reviewed studies from LIS or related fields on the info behaviors and needs of your community to evaluate in the LRM.
  • Strategy: schedule your time to write up one article maybe every 2-3 days. Don’t feel you need to do it all at once. Return to the early ones and see if your thinking has changed.
  • Write clear, simple sentences about the articles.
  • For the “I Say” portion – write about what reading the article inspired in your thinking about the community and how they look for and use information.
  • Use the LRM examples for inspiration.

Blog Reports: 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. 11/15

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. 11/22

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 12/06

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. Send questions to me anytime!

Image: my trip to Costco last week

6 thoughts on “INFO 200 Update: Action Items for LRM/Blogs & Taking Care of Ourselves

  1. Mirtha Lopez

    Is social distancing in stores new in your area? In Salinas, we even have one way aisles in stores. If you accidentally go the wrong way some people jump back.

    My county is in a state of COVID purgatory. The counties around us are opening up by meeting state guidelines, but we seem to be getting worse every day. My school is located in one of the two zip codes where over 60 percent of all cases in our county have come from.

    After 7 months of COVID, I think wearing a mask might be affecting my hearing. I work directly with students helping them with chromebook issues so they can get connected to their classes. Trying to hear students who are wearing masks and standing 6 feet away is impossible. Other procedures in place to keep us all safe are exhausting. We have 1 staff restroom open so that the custodians can clean it every hour. It just happens to be in the middle of the campus but the only door open to enter the campus is in the front and my work area is in the back. I walk around the entire school to go in through the door, take my temp, sign a form, use hand sanitizer, then continue to the restroom. My return is equally as cumbersome. In my county, we are constantly aware that there is a pandemic. Living with this level of stress can not be good for anyone in the long run. I return home exhausted.

    1. Michael Stephens Post author

      @mlopez We have been on lockdown since March – with things lifting in the summer. Recently, the Michigan House of Reps won a case against our governor regarding lockdown. It’s a mess but the Costco (where go mainly) is adhering to strong safety protocols. I also go to Aldi on occasion too.

  2. Louis Sanchez

    Thanks for posting these roadmaps for future assignments. It certainly alleviates some of the uncertainty and they have really helped me take a more focused approach when writing about my community.

    At this point, taking a couple days to myself in between assignments has helped me mitigate some of the burnout and stress i’ve been feeling since the start of lockdown. Hope everyone is staying safe!

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