Information Literacy vs. Crap Detection

My good friends at Derivative Image have a short overview of Howard Rheingold’s “Crap Detection 101,” including a mention of the fact that librarians aren’t listed as a valuable “crap detection” tool.

As librarians, how do we promote the value of our services–particularly the ability to teach skills like info/visual literacy? Well, attention to terminology might be a first step. The average student (and even some faculty members) has no idea what “information literacy” means, but we can certainly all understand a rather colorful term like “crap detection.”

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