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I have always been interested in the cognitive side of information literacy. How does our existing knowledge, personal beliefs, worldview, and experience intertwine into a decision-making process? How can we understand this process and use it to improve the teaching of information literacy skills? That being said, I really enjoyed […]

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Do Search Engines Make us Feel Smarter Than We Are? by TTW Contributor Troy Swanson 1


This week my library held our annual Graphic Novel Symposium, which was a great program emphasizing diversity, creativity, and community . This event is essentially a mini con but is aimed at the curriculum. The conversations were thoughtful and engaging, and I thought that TTW readers may enjoy them. Here […]

Growing Nerd Communities by TTW Contributor Troy Swanson

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Since Heather Jagman and I co-edited our book Not Just Where to Click: Teaching Students How to Thing About Information, I have enjoyed several email exchanges with librarians around the country focusing on topics of the book. The larger theme of these conversations center on the larger concepts around information literacy […]

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Teaching Students About Information: A Reading List by TTW Contributor Troy Swanson 2


For me, summer time is important prep time as we get ready for our fall programming. This year, our One Book, One College program is looking at the book Illegal: Reflections of an Undocumented Immigrant by José Ángel N. who is an alum. This book was suggested by several of our faculty . […]

Interview with Author José Ángel N. by TTW Contributor Troy Swanson

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  From the moment that I began working in libraries in around 2007, I was not a fan of Summer Reading programs and the themes they were generally packaged around. They were boring, cookie cutter, and out of date. The themes seemed to be 1-2 years behind what was popular […]

MAKE. PLAY. READ. LEARN by TTW Contributor Justin Hoenke

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Amy Hofer, Sylvia Lu, and Lori Townsend’s keynote at the 2015 Information Literacy Summit (Illinois). They discuss their research and thinking about information literacy threshold concepts, which underlie ACRL’s Information Literacy Framework for Higher Education. The IL Summit is a partnership between the Moraine Valley Community College Library and the […]

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What’s the big idea?! Incorporating Threshold Concepts Keynote (post by TTW Contributor Troy Swanson) 1


I am very excited to announce the publication of Not Just Where to Click: Teaching Students How to Think About Information from ACRL. I co-edited this collection with Heather Jagman. From the ALA Website: Not Just Where to Click: Teaching Students How to Think about Information explores how librarians and faculty […]

Not Just Where to Click by TTW Contributor Troy Swanson

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I have been keeping tabs on the state of journalism over the last decade. I do this because it is part of my job as someone who helps build information literacy skills in students, but I also do this because the disruptive forces ripping apart journalism are related to forces […]

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The Relationship Model: What Journalism Can Teach Us by TTW Contributor Troy Swanson