Information + Knowledge = Joy

Comments on a New Blog

Information shapes knowledge, gives it a form we can understand. Further to my post yesterday on the importance of reworked ideas, I just want to point to a new blog that focuses on information, its location and its uses.

Mother of All Libraries 4Named Information Fluency, the blog is part of a course underway at Gustavus Adolphus College in the US. If nothing else, the use of detail from this marvelous photo of a private library by Underpuppy is worth mentioning. Sometimes blog banners say it all.

Posts alternate between student writing and lecturer observations, covering everything from the lack of non-academic philosophy sites on the Web to unusual Library of Congress categories, the value of libraries themselves and the possibility of sensual experiences in gathering knowledge online.

There are also interesting pieces on the value of knowledge for children and – somewhat waywardly – on the incongruity of being allowed to grow plants that produce hallucinogenic chemicals but not being allowed to sell or consume those chemicals. This last point is interesting because it shows how legislation that fails to consider obvious consequences can be counterintuitive, lacking the insight that transforms written information into knowledge.

I haven’t mentioned all of the posts, but I certainly enjoyed reading them: you will too.

Finding things like this on the Web reminds me that learning is a pleasure and that it can be exciting to meet like minds. I truly hope the blog stays open to the public, because I’ve already learned a thing or two from it.

The world is still puzzling, but sometimes the journey seems easier.

One Response to Information + Knowledge = Joy

  1. Barbara says:

    Thanks for the props! It show something of the power of the internet that you found our course blog. Wow. Hong Kong. Way cool.

    I decided to make our course materials public, rather than use the course management software we have on campus that keeps everything behind a firewall. That’s fine for some purposes, but since our course is about how information is created, distributed, discovered, and used it made sense for it to be a public site. (It can be a little daunting for students, though, knowing they technically have a worldwide audience, when usually they write for one teacher at a time.)

    I’m enjoying your minireviews; off to buy some books, now…

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