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Presented at the BIGGER 2009 Bibliographic Instruction Group for Georgia’s Eastern Region …

Presented at the BIGGER 2009 Bibliographic Instruction Group for Georgia’s Eastern Region
Hosted by Zach S. Henderson Library, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA by Buffy Hamilton. Resources are available at .

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  • 1. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Research Pathfinders 2.0: Information Streams for Student Researc h Presented by Buffy Hamilton Creekview High School, Media Specialist Cherokee County School District BIGGER Conference April 17, 2009
  • 2. Image used with permission under a Creative Common License from
  • 3. what do students need for the journey of learning and information fluency ?
  • 4. roadmap: the pathfinder tourist attractions to explore: traditional and emerging sources of information
  • 5. roadmap: the research pathfinder
  • 6. Image Attribution:
  • 7. how can we help students stay afloat in endless streams of information ? Image used with
  • 8. what we can provide students to help them find their way rather than getting lost on the information highway? Image attribution:
  • 9. pathfinders guide students to the resources needed for a research task
  • 10. carefully constructed pathfinders can help students access quality information more efficiently
  • 11. your librarian , your travel guide for the information world, can help plot a course for research with a research pathfinder
  • 12. web 2.0 tools help us manage the streams of information available
  • 13. web 2.0 tools help librarians embed content more easily
  • 14.
    • research pathfinder navigation tools
    • widgets
    • rss feeds
    • information portals (pageflakes, netvibes, igoogle)
    • aggregators to “catch” feeds (google reader, bloglines)
    • social bookmarking
  • 15. students can “pull” information rather than “pushing” to find information from the pathfinder sources via information portals Image attribution:
  • 16. tourist attractions to explore: traditional and nontraditional sources of information
  • 17. the future is now: emerging sources of authoritative information and social scholarship
  • 18. emerging web 2.0 sources of credible information Image Attribution:
  • 19. Image Attribution: How do we help learners negotiate this friction between traditional and new media ? Joyce Valenza
  • 20.
    • unpacking web 2.0 tools for social scholarship
    • social bookmarking services (, diigo)
    • blogs
    • youtube Channels
    • podcasts
    • twitter
    • google library and google books
    • widgets
    • rss feeds (news sources, journals, websites)
    • itunes u
    Image used under Creative Common License with permission from
  • 21. rss =real simple syndication, a web feed or stream format designed to deliver content
  • 22. feed aggregators capture your favorite RSS feeds and deliver streams of information to your fingertips Image attribution:
  • 23. wikis -=open software that encourages collaboration and knowledge building
  • 24. iTunes podcasts and iTunesU
  • 25. YouTube features educational videos from news outlets, book publishers, and other reputable organizations
  • 26. Image Attribution: Social bookmarking for tagging and organizing favorite web resources as well as a research tool in one’s personal learning network
  • 27. blogs are a forum for dialogue on any topic and invite conversation as well as the exchange of ideas
  • 28. where do we want our students to go in their journey for information?
  • 29. what routes to information do we want them to travel?
  • 30. teachers and librarians must work together to help students become informationally savvy
  • 31. information fluent students won’t miss a turn or get lost in their travels for information
  • 32. Works Cited Valenza, Joyce. "Top School Library Things to Think About in 2008 ." Weblog      entry. 2 Jan. 2008. Neverendingsearch. 13 Mar. 2008.
  • 33. Contact Information Buffy J. Hamilton, Ed.S. Media Specialist Creekview High School Cherokee County School District