Information literacy on the interwebs

Many of us are familiar with fun library promotion videos, like Common Misconceptions about the Library, and the Library Rap. However, since I’ve been spending a lot of time making an instructional video for students using the library, I thought I’d look to see if there were other videos designed for user instruction on the web.

Turns out, there’s a ton of great videos that cover a variety of topics. Most of them appear to be produced by Academic libraries for use by college students.

Starting from the beginning, Harper College Library offers a humorous tour in their video, while William College Library uses their video as a setup for a library scavenger hunt.

There are some good videos about evaluating web resources, using boolean operators, or the hilarious Databases! which appears to be a student project and features one super-smooth Guybrarian.

UCLA has done a series of instructional videos called LITEbites(Lite stands for Library Instruction To Everyone) Many of the videos are parodies of films or TV shows , such as Dude, Where’s My Book on using the Catalog and Nightmare on Term Paper Eve about keeping track of your sources.

At first, I had a hard time finding videos for k-12 kids, but when I headed over to Teachertube, I found more. It was more difficult to browse these videos, because unlike Youtube, there are no recommended videos in the sidebar. I found a library orientation video from a high school that contained LOTS of rules, and a slightly nausea-inducing video about how to find books for elementary students.

It seems that our group project may be a welcome addition to the library instruction offerings. Does anyone know other good user instruction videos? Especially ones for kids?

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