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Editorial

Read this article and more in Weve

In the heady early days of a new relationship, the unknown represents opportunities and possibilities. We are enticed to explore new ideas, discover new places, and indulge in new experiences.

We unlock doors and appreciate new adventures. We develop new connections. We create shared memories. We drink deeply on the new experiences. And yet, the unknown can also be confronting and challenging. Moving beyond our known world, to seek what lies beyond the horizon, can also bring anxiety and fear.

Changing our worldview through new experiences is challenging. And yet, in acknowledging the fear and anxiety, we throw open the door to invite others in.

We can unlock and diffuse shared secrets and fears of uncomfortable spaces. We can also find less confrontational ways to explore the world without ever leaving the comfort of our own homes.

We hold the keys to making choices, and these choices can lead us down wildly divergent pathways.

In acknowledging that, as individuals, we don’t hold all the answers, we recognise that others might have much to offer with their off-kilter take on the world, shining new light on a seemingly unsolvable puzzles, even Mexican wrestlers.

While we do have much to celebrate in the realm of libraries and librarians, we can create so much more when we open our hearts to our community, focus on beauty chose to focus on the beauty, and invite our communities to walk with us as we develop our services.

Weve invites you to explore the spaces beyond your current way of looking at the world, delving into the darkness, confronting the unknown, creating new spaces for your heart and head to come together.

Weve celebrates uniqueness and individuality above conformity and consistency.

We invite you to share our journey into the unknown. We dare you to step outside your comfort zone, and discover where the real magic happens.

Find out what inspired weve.

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Information Literacy by stealth #RL2013

Imagine a tool that encourages students to evaluate, appreciate, consider, review, question their sources. Imagine a tool that encourages people to contribute to a global source of information. Imagine a tool that everybody has heard of. Imagine teaching & learning about information literacy without actually using the words “information literacy”.

There is such a tool. Wikipedia.

In our final event for 2013, Sara Roberts from the University of Canterbury shared her experiences of using Wikipedia in the classroom, as a tool for teaching information literacy & for contributing knowledge to a globally recognised information repository.

An enthusiastic UC Law lecturer identified a specific subject gap in Wikipedia, and set herself the Professional Development goal to contribute to the professional body of knowledge in her specialist area. Human Rights in Tonga is the page created by UC Law lecturer, Natalie Baird. She also decided to set her 3rd year Law students an assignment to create, edit &/or update Wikipedia content. She invited Sara Roberts from the UC Library to be an integral part of the learning partnership.

I love that students, lecturer & librarian were all involved in broad & interesting discussions – including authoritative sources, citations, author rights, legitimacy of information, writing styles, neutrality, referencing, databases vs. wikis, published content compared with editable wiki content – without actually calling it “information literacy”.

What resonated for me from Sara’s experience :

  • Teaching by experiential learning.
  • Wikipedia as a tool to learn alongside, rather than teach from the front, of a classroom.
  • Stealth information literacy.
  • Content creation for a global audience.
  • Empowering students to actively contribute to societal knowledge.
  • Partnerships lead to exciting & interesting collaborations.

Overwhelmingly, we shouldn’t fear or ignore Wikipedia. Embrace it. Leap in. Learn. Experiment. Like Jo Ransom’s earlier #RL2013 session on Chalkleº, Sara’s experience of using Wikipedia is another clear example of librarians facilitating the creation of knowledge in our community, fulfilling the brief of RD Lankes’ vision for New Librarianship.

Here’s our Storify of the event (which includes a number of links to useful pages mentioned in Sara’s session). Our WA participant, Karen Miller (@infoliterati) has also blogged her reaction to the session.

I’m already thinking up ways in which Wikipedia could used for communities that I am part of. Sara has also inspired me to stop being a lurker and actually be a participant in the Wikipedia community.