Category: Geoghegan Library

Library Lovers’ Day 2021

Despite having yet again been forced to endure remote learning, the students’ enthusiasm could not be dampened when it came to their blind date with a book on Library Lovers’ Day 2021. Students selected their unknown book as a blind date in the week prior to Sunday 14 February (Valentine’s Day), utilising skills based on… Read more »

Evaluating Websites

When students utilise websites, a process of evaluation of that website content is required to ascertain the value of continuing with the information presented. A number of questions can be proposed to assist the decision process or to recommence your search process. Authority: Who is the author/creator and what are their credentials? Are they knowledgeable… Read more »

Questioning fake news

Fake news is a common catchcry in today’s society. Being faced with the onslaught of information and having to decide what is real and what is fake can be daunting. The good news, however, is that there are numerous questions and considerations students can use to assist in determining whether the information at their fingertips… Read more »

Capable, confident critical thinkers 

The advent of the internet has changed our lives and we must all respect and take responsibility for the online world in which we find ourselves. The importance of being media literate so that we may function consciously, critically and ethically in the media world, requires the assistance of the whole of society. Everyone plays… Read more »

Media literacy: What does it mean?

Media literacy: What does it mean? According to the Australian Media Literacy Alliance (AMLA), the newly formed agency to champion media literacy education in Australia, ‘media literacy is the ability to critically engage with media in all aspects of life. It is a critical form of lifelong literacy that is essential for full participation in… Read more »

Information skills:
The Big 6

Whenever a student encounters a problem or task that requires information in order to be solved, they are encountering an information-based problem. In order to solve this information-based problem, students require a process for information problem solving. One such process is often referred to as the Big 6. Two American gentlemen, Mike Eisenberg and Bob… Read more »

Importance of Reading

By now, most students will have completed reading the titles they have borrowed from the Library during Term 1. We are aware that such items will all be overdue, but no penalty will be given for not returning items at the moment. All we ask is that you look after the items you have until… Read more »

Reading Time with Boredom Busters

With the school holidays upon us, it is prime time to remind students of the Premiers’ Reading Challenge – whereby students are able to register their participation and read a minimum of 15 books over the challenge time. Challenge time lasts through to September and in those months students need to read ten titles from… Read more »

Credibility in the art of research

In this the age of information it becomes harder for students to navigate their way through the plethora of information at their fingertips. Students need to develop their skill of evaluating everything they read with a contingent of questions in mind. Evaluating skills can be sorted into five base areas. Authority: Who is the author… Read more »

Digital Literacy – What does it mean?

If we consider the basic Wikipedia definition of digital literacy as referring to an individual’s ability to find, evaluate and compose clear information through writing and other mediums on various digital platforms, then we could be missing some critical elements of what it means to be digitally literate in the current century. According to Coldwell-Neilson… Read more »