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Review in Journal of Information Literacy

I’m pleased to say there is another review of the book available. This time it is in the peer reviewed (open access) Journal of Information Literacy.

I won’t replicate much of it here, but it’s worth a look! Particularly pleased she pulled out Bryony’s chapter as her favourite:
“My favourite piece in the book was The Library by Bryony Ramsden. A beautifully written
fairytale involving unhelpful bears and robots , it acts as a warning to librarians not to be gatekeepers but to strive to be partners and enablers.”

Full review is at: Castle S. (2013). Book Review of Walsh, A. and Coonan, E. (eds.) 2013. Only Connect… Discovery pathways, library explorations and the information adventure. Huddersfield: Innovative Libraries. Journal of Information Literacy, 7(2), pp. 173 – 175.

Our first review!

George reading a book in a casttle wall

One of our early jobs after getting the first batch of printed copies of ‘Only Connect …’ was to send a few copies out to review. Not too many as each one incurs another cost, everything comes out of our pockets and so we’re very aware we had to select carefully who to send them to!

While we were sending a handful of print copies to very serious traditional journals, we were really pleased that the lovely people at Manchester New Library Professionals Network agreed to review a digital copy. They’ve just put the review online and its a good ‘un!

As a key part of creating the book was to champion the need to look beyond reductionist, check list approaches to information literacy, it is particularly pleasing to see the conclusions they drew:

‘Viewed collectively, the variety that is present both in terms of the different methods applied in Information Literacy education and the divergent paths taken by the Travellers’,  makes plain that no approach is universally applicable; it is always dependent on person and context. A relational approach to Information Literacy therefore seems the most rewarding. This book encourages the reader to reconsider their understanding of Information Literacy and holds great potential to revitalise approaches to teaching. To conclude, the editors ask: “Has this book made you think? Edified you a little (or a lot)? Advanced the idea of information literacy at all?”  The answer to all three: a resounding “yes”.’

Thank you Manchester NLPN!