Monday, February 8, 2010

Public Libraries & Information [Technology] Literacy

Thanks to a Google Alert for "information literacy," here is a link to an article titled "Public Libraries Take Information Literacy to the Next Stage":

The article, on the Government Technology web site, actually focuses on the use of games in public libraries to engage young people. In addition to discussing online games and traditional board games, the author, Russell Nichols mentions the following: "One particular game re-creates the 1960 U.S. presidential election. Players have cards that look like the front pages of newspapers with historical facts about John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon." Nichols quotes Christopher Harris, coordinator of the New York School Library System for the Genesee Valley Board of Cooperative Educational Services: "They look like Pokémon or Yu-Gi-Oh cards except they're all about the election," Harris said. "Someone keeps track of electoral votes, media relations, issues for debates. Now the students are really engaged in the experience of running and being a part of an election."

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