Archive for November, 2011

After reading librarian Meredith Farkas‘ excellent American Libraries November 1, 2011 article Information Literacy 2.0, I posted the following response in the Comments section:

“Journalist, author, professor, and Internet guru Howard Rheingold has long considered the challenge of verifying, evaluating, and managing information. For much of his writing career he has wrestled with many of the issues you’ve raised in your excellent article. For the past few years Rheingold has freely shared much of his work on these issues on Web sites and in articles for a wide range of publications. In addition, he has posted a series of free mini-courses on a variety of issues related to information literacy (see link below). These outstanding mini courses include brief video lectures, concept maps, articles, and links to additional resources.

Over the past year Rheingold has also launched what he calls a “pop-up university,” Rheingold U, where he offers in-depth courses on information, networking, and cooperation theory for a fee. I was lucky enough to be a member of his first class this past winter/spring and now am part of a very active alumni network, which is now an important part of my own personal learning network.

All of us who have followed Howard Rheingold’s work in this area are eagerly awaiting the March 2012 publication of his book Net Smart: How to Thrive Online  (MIT Press), which is available for pre-order (see link below).”

Howard Rheingold’s Free Online Mini-Courses on Infotention, Network Literacy, Why the History of the Public Sphere Matters in the Internet Age, and Introduction to Cooperation Theory

The Infotention Network: Life Skills for Digital Citizenship

“Net Smart: How to Thrive Online” by Howard Rheingold (Publication date: March 9, 2012)

Information Literacy 2.0 – by Meredith Farkas – American Libraries – 11/1/2012


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