“Information Access and Informed Society – Digital Citizenship, Information Overload & Political Literacy” is the title of the presentation I’m giving next week at Georgia College’s Global Citizenship symposium. As you can probably tell, it’s kind of dense topic that I will have to be careful how I unpack it. I didn’t exactly come up with it, but it’s on the programs, so i’m “running” with it. So far my thoughts on how to break things down look a bit like this. It should be fun
- Library’s perspective on information access
- What we hope to accomplish through collection, organization and access
- What does it mean to access info?
- How is this complicated today?
- What’s the difference with media today versus yesterday
What does literacy mean?
- Many different literacy
- How reading is not actually enough
- Visual, Auditory, Technical, etc, etc (mention transliteracy?)
Organization and Quality of Information
- Web doesn’t so much organizes it as jumbles it together
- Is there such thing as information overload?
- Curation of information and the problem with social networks?
Limiting Access to information
- The problem technological inequality
- Expectations of informed public and realties of that public (broadband speeds?)