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Dennis O'Connor
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What filters do you use when curating?   

Here's a brief list that approximates my process.

1. Re-scoop from my community.  I trust the folks I follow and often find a few on topic articles in the scoops of others. encourages you to follow the work of other curators. It's easy to 're-scoop' articles selected by people you trust.  This is one way that becomes a community of experts helping each other discover ideas and resources.

2. Prismatic:  This search aggregator is my 'go to' filter for new stories on all the topics I curate.  Once you set up your areas of interest, Prismatic presents you with a long scrolling page of articles.  I open them up, scan or read deeply then make the Scoop or No-Scoop decision

3. Dig deeper into credible sites.  There are many websites out there rich in content, These sites have archives of articles and many resources that are not readily apparent.   I go below the surface and find valuable resources to post.  One of the sites I use, is my own website the 21st Century Information Fluency Project . It has been  built up over 10 years with scads of material about information fluency: Other deep websites with solid content:
4. Twitter: the more I use it, the more I find. I'm setting up lists of big hitters on Twitter and skimming their recommendations weekly. Follow me: @wiredinstructor

5. My own writing; I blog on on several sites: The Keyword Blog, The E-Learning Graduate Certificate Blog, E-Learning and Online Teaching Jobs blog.  I always curate new materials and often 're-run' key articles I want in my networks.

Questions for all:  Where do you find your articles?

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Coming this Month: Teaching Information Fluency

Our newest resource is a book! Now available for pre-order

Teaching Information Fluency describes the skills and dispositions of information fluency adept searchers. Readers will receive in-depth information on what it takes to locate, evaluate, and ethically use digital information.

The book realistically examines the abilities of Internet searchers today in terms of their efficiency and effectiveness in finding online information, evaluating it and using it ethically. Since the majority of people develop these skills on their own, rather than being taught, the strategies they invent may suffice for simple searches, but for more complex tasks, such as those required by academic and professional work, the average person’s performance is adequate only about 50% of the time.

The book is laid out in five parts: an introduction to the problem and how search engine improvements are not sufficient to be of real help, speculative searching, investigative searching, ethical use and applications of information fluency. The intent of the book is to provide readers ways to improve their performance as consumers of digital information and to help teachers devise useful ways to integrate information fluency instruction into their teaching, since deliberate instruction is needed to develop fluency. Since it is unlikely that dedicated class time will be available for such instruction, the approach taken embeds information fluency activities into classroom instruction in language arts, history and science.

Numerous model lessons and resources are woven into the fabric of the text, including think-alouds, individual and group search challenges, discussions, assessments and curation, all targeted to Common Core State Standards as well as information fluency competencies.


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Information Fluency Digital Magazine

Curated Articles about Information Fluency…


Posted on January 7, 2012 at 6:27pm

New Information Fluency Online Magazine

Forgive me for not being more active on this great NING.  Wherever teacher-librarians gather I find valuable resources and deeply caring people. 

I'd like to add to the resources by sharing by new online magazine. This is a curated publishing effort that is just getting started.  I think the content will appeal to this audience. 

Digital Magazine: Information Fluency . If you like what you see,…


Posted on November 30, 2011 at 12:41pm

Online Self-Paced Class: Research and Information Fluency Assessment

Information Investigator 3.1

A limited time preview of the 21st Century Information Fluency Project's online self-paced training and assessment course is now available to…


Posted on August 29, 2011 at 7:10pm

Common Core Standards for Librarians


Posted on August 25, 2011 at 7:45pm

Dozens of Tutorial Videos: Learn it in 5 minutes or less: What is Web 2.0?

  • Video site dedicated to short instructional tutorials for the technology classroom.  
    • At Learn it in 5, you'll learn what is Web 2.0, and strategies for using Web 2.0 technology in the digital classroom - all…

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 7:43pm

21st Century Information Fluency Project on Facebook

Drop by and Like us?  We're using Facebook to spread the work about information fluency.




Posted on August 9, 2011 at 5:07pm

Online Teacher Toolkit: Information Fluency Learning Games and Resources

Drop these resources into your library website or online course!

Information… Continue

Posted on March 30, 2011 at 2:00pm

Information Literacy Games: Kermit the Frog Search Challenge

It ain't easy being green....

Finding Kermit was the inspiration for one of the first Internet Search Challenges created by Dr. Carl Heine. The task is to track down a picture of Kermit ready for graduation in the least amount of time.

Many teachers use this as a whole class lab activity. Put up a… Continue

Posted on October 18, 2009 at 2:37pm

Investigative Search 20/10: Online Self-Paced Training In Website Evaluation

The 21st Century Information Fluency Project is offering a new self-paced online class devoted to Website Evaluation using investigative search methods.

This is the first time we've offered a self-paced course designed to meet your on demand learning needs. In this course you work at your own pace in a media rich interactive environment hosted at our Moodle based online learning site.

This self-paced class… Continue

Posted on July 14, 2009 at 10:52pm

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I've worked with Librarians & Teachers via the 21st Century Information Project since 2001. I've come to learn that Library Media is the heart beat and hope for effective technology integration.

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At 8:33am on February 3, 2012, Mike McQueen said…

Greetings Dennis, 

I'm Mike McQueen, teacher librarian and founder of Like many school districts, we are in a financial crises. Our school board recently proposed to eliminate ALL 20+ middle school teacher librarians and also cut all 90+ elementary schools to half time. Since we are the biggest district in all of Colorado, we worry this will cause other districts to follow suit. We launched an online movement and are going to do our best to put up a good fight.

If possible, please visit our Facebook page and "Like" us . Adding a positive comment and sharing with your friends would help our morale as well. The board finalizes the budget soon so your timely support would be greatly appreciated!


Mike McQueen

Teacher Librarian at McLain HS

Lakewood, CO

At 4:04pm on May 28, 2009, Mike McQueen said…
Hey Dennis,
I'm intrigued by what happen, but not 100% clear. Can you elaborate a little more. I love how these connections can occur :-)

Here is your message:
"Hi Mike, thanks for the reach out. How's this for synergies, I added Joyce Valenza to my twitter list and scrolled through her followers just yesterday. I recognized your name when you wrote!"
At 1:11am on May 28, 2009, Mike McQueen said…
Hi Dennis,
I'm a teacher librarian & recently started a community based blog for getting boys to read - Please send me a friend request if you'd like to network, share ideas, and learn more about getting boys to read.

Mike McQueen

LET'S NETWORK HERE TOO (request me as a friend):
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At 4:47am on June 22, 2008, Glen Warren said…
I will be at NECC We will be having a hook up at NECC with the ALA conference in Anaheim using TLVN. Like to invite you if you have the time. Otherwise, hope to see you at NECC.
At 7:36am on October 1, 2007, Christine Bushong said…
Thank you for the warm welcome, Dennis. I'm looking forward to sharing with everyone.
At 4:40am on October 1, 2007, Nooruddin Merchant said…
hi Dennis,

Nice to hear from you about your passion and interest. Hope we will interact and learn from each others' experiences. I will share few insights about my work here in Pakistan with you shortly.

At 9:16am on September 28, 2007, Pam Buysman said…
Hi Dennis:
I have to admit I'm just starting to explore these resources. The state of Iowa recently reinstated teacher librarians back in the code, so AEAs are trying to offer professional development opportunities to help them meet the new requirements of the law. Of course information literacy will be a huge part of this! I'm excited about the possibilities! Thanks.
At 8:52pm on September 27, 2007, Julie Coiro said…
Hi Dennis,
Thanks for the invitation to join the group and it is nice to meet you online! I am a huge fan of the Information Fluency website - in fact, I just did a keynote talk at the New England Reading Association today with Don Leu and we mentioned your site and demonstrated the great supports available for online critical evaluation.

I am looking forward to learning from/with all of you as I think we have a lot of common interests!

:-) Julie
At 12:36pm on September 27, 2007, Jose Aranda said…
Hi Dennis-
Just joined and look forward to networking with some neat people. I enjoy your website 21century and have used it as a reference in an upcoming manuscript I'm hoping to publish soon.
Take care,
At 12:13pm on September 27, 2007, Dennis O'Connor said…
Hi Joan, I'm glad you found me here! Carl and I are launching an information fluency group here in TeacherLibrarianNing. Click groups and you'll see us! Why not join?

Anyone in our class who sets up an account, will get one of our newsletters announcing this. Perhaps that's the way you found us?

I can tell you're having fun in class!


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