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Librarians, Lady Gaga, antelopes and information literacy

I go back to watching this little gem of a video of librarians “doing Gaga”, featuring students and faculty from the University of Washington’s Information School, every few months to remind me of how much I love librarians:

Now that I have finished my first semester of my MSc, the video is not just amusing, but I get (at least some of) the references! Much of the content reminds me of the curriculum at my own university: last term was all about searching catalogues and databases.

And there are other things that are more familar now. For example, the Big 6 information literacy model, although admittedly I know more about the SCONUL Seven Pillars.

The antelope prints must refer to the somewhat famous question: Is an antelope a document? We did not discuss this directly as part of the MSc, but still I have come across Michael Buckland’s much-referenced paper several times by now. If the question does intrigue you, I suggest you read his paper:

BUCKLAND, M.K., 1991. Information as thing. Journal of the American Society for Information Science. 42(5), pp. 351-60.

First and foremost though, do enjoy the video!

Video source: “Librarians Do Gaga” by Sarah Wachter is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0