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Lost in the Library of Babel:

by librarian at Gustavus Adolphus College on Jan 12, 2012

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In "The Library of Babel," Jorge Luis Borges described a vast library with no circumference and no center, a library exhilarating in its infinite scope but where knowledge is always frustratingly out ...

In "The Library of Babel," Jorge Luis Borges described a vast library with no circumference and no center, a library exhilarating in its infinite scope but where knowledge is always frustratingly out of reach. He seemed to be describing the information landscape as today’s students experience it. How can we help students learn how to navigate their way through the Library of Babel? What role does finding, evaluating, and using sources play in the major? How do skills and dispositions students acquire by engaging in inquiry contribute to lifelong learning and engaged citizenship? In this workshop [at Illinois Wesleyan University in January 2012] faculty will be invited to consider what students need to become information literate and will work on embedding critical information literacy into courses and programs.

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