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INFO 200 Update: Action Items for LRM/Blogs

Update – Bumped to the top of our course blog.

Greetings everyone – 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.


  • 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 4/18


  • 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. 4/25

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. 5/2

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.


  • 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: Report on your community’s use of emerging technologies 5/9

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!

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16 thoughts on “INFO 200 Update: Action Items for LRM/Blogs

  1. Crystal W

    Hi @michael!
    After completing blog posts 2-4, the book review, and the information source survey, I feel much more confident in writing about my community.
    Sometimes when I feel overwhelmed, I question whether I chose the right community to write about or whether I am doing the community justice (as in not writing in a superficial manner).
    What helps me when I feel this way is to review what I have written in the past and try to reconnect it to my current thoughts. This really seems to help.
    It really is easy to get lost in meeting deadlines and lose sight of the value of the research that we have been doing these past few weeks.

    This check-in was a good reminder to remember to reflect and to give credit for work that was done well. Thank you for checking in! 🙂

  2. Heather H.

    Hi @michael and everyone else!

    Thanks for checking in, I absolutely love the articles and content we’re learning in this class. I think I fell down an impostor syndrome, “everyone is totally up on their readings and has grad school all figured out, while I’m over here panicking/behind/wanting to hide” hole which slowed progress a bit. However, after checking in with some other folks in the program I realize I’m not alone.

    To that end, if anyone would like to be support buddies and hype each other up through the rest of term, my email is heather.hillas@sjsu.edu and I’l love to be your buddy!

    1. Sarah Wargin (she/her)

      @hhillas and @lgivan I have absolutely felt imposter syndrome on my grad school journey as well, even though I have done well thus far in my classes. It is always nice to hear others can relate.
      Some weeks I feel like I am more “behind” than other weeks. It helps to try and keep things in perspective, do work when you can, and keep moving forward from there! Taking little breaks as the weather has been warming up has definitely been helping on my end as well.

  3. Hana Metzger

    Hi Michael,

    Thanks for this overview of our upcoming schoolwork. It’s helpful 🙂

    I’m wondering if there is a master list of all of our assigned reading, divided by module, somewhere on the site that I could refer to it as I am writing.

    Right now, I’m navigating to the readings I want by clicking on the module tab, then on a specific module, then on “Module X’s readings” then finding my phone and doing the whole duo-factor authentication thing, etc. But if I want to compare or refer to multiple readings, it becomes a little unwieldy to repeat this whole process, especially since I get logged off from the duo-factor authentication thing every so often.

    Before I go through the process of making a list of our reading with authors and article/book titles, I thought I’d check to see if there is one that I’m just missing somewhere on this site.

    Thanks for your help!


    1. Michael Stephens Post author

      Hi @hana – The King Library took over our reading lists when they implemented Leganto. There is not a master list capability (I will ask to make sure). Let me investigate., One option would be to save the articles you know you want to refer to in your writing… maybe organizing them by themes etc. Let me investigate.

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