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. I must confess that everything this past week has seemed to take three times as long as usual. I will be super honest: I have felt overwhelmed at times. We are all dealing with varying levels of chaos and change due to the coronavirus. 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 4/12

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. 4/26

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. 5/3

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. Send questions to me anytime!

Image: my trip to Costco last week

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

  1. Nicole Conroy

    Thank you @michael for your clear guidance on the rest of these assignments… much appreciated with all the uncertainty in the outer world. I’ve been lacking focus lately with everything going on but I feel ready to dive into the LRM!

  2. Briana Herrod

    Hi @michael, thank you for breaking down the assignments for the rest of the term. I will bite off little bits in order to keep going. It helps me to know that everything is taking longer for you to get done, sitting and focusing does not come easy right now.
    I’ve thought a lot about the news cycle in the last few days as I read way too much news. I am at home with my husband and two teen boys. I am enjoying all this time with them.
    Take care of yourselves!

    1. Juliet Howard

      Hi, @michael. Thanks for this post. It has been so hard to focus on anything for any length of time. Hoping to dig into schoolwork tomorrow, a little bit at a time. I’m lucky to be able to hole up with two of my kids- my daughter is a a high school senior who is coping fairly well at the moment with the strange ending to her K12 career! Take care!

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  4. laural

    @michael, thanks for checking in!
    Super overwhelmed over here (like most of us right now).
    Making this dramatic and necessary life-routine change has created what feels like a never-ending and crucial to-do list. Especially with trying to make sure that high-risk family and friends are also as safe as they can be right now. I think all of our anxiety levels’ have probably climbed up a few notches. Everyone being so supportive and considerate of each other has really brought some sunshine back into my day 🙂

  5. Bianca Romero-Alcala

    Thank you for the check-in and guidance on the upcoming assignments. I feel much more confident in being able to finish the semester. Our family has been making sure to incorporate Netflix, video games and puppies into our daily routine to lighten the stress.🙃

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