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Information Literacy Practices

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Here is my list of essential skills that "information literacy" demands.

a) Each person having his or her own data.  Primary experience and notes, records and measurements based on that experience.  Journals, diaries, bench notes or memories.  You've probably broken a few things, and repaired a few things (sometimes badly).  What did you learn?

b) Collecting secondary data from the Internet, radio, books, television or in conversations and letters, and sorting the most interesting documents from that in some logical way.  Access to these records is desirable. 

c) Making an effort occasionally to find the pattern that this data offers.  Trying to understand it, to turn it back into information.  You need to learn what the data means.  Reading material doesn't mean you "know it".  Choosing what to "know" and integrating it with what you knew before is a task that takes time and effort.

d) To Local Filedo something with the new ideas you are generating, to talk about it, to make plans, do something practical, or communicate what you are thinking, maybe by email.  Doing something practical is a good test.  If it breaks, go back to the beginning.  Quite a bit needs to be known about the subject in order for anyone to use the new understanding effectively.  Educational specialists often speak about learning as though immediately after the lesson you can have full understanding.  Often when you learn things, full understanding of what you know comes weeks, months, even years later.

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Learning based on primary experience