Mistakes I Made at Work

Koop, Kira
Z-Useful Entertainment

Bacal, J. (Ed.). (2014). Mistakes I made at work: 25 influential women reflect on what they got out of getting it wrong (1st ed.). New York, New York: Plume.

In this collection of essays, Jessica Bacal interviewed 25 women about their careers – not the bright, shiny spots, but the toughest moments. Divided into four sections, on learning to take charge of your own narrative, learning to ask, learning to say no, and learning resilience, the compilation covers a multitude of different industries and topics.

Included among these are some that are less relevant to the course content, and also some that are more relevant. For instance, in the introduction to Dr. Shirley Malcom’s essay, Bacal writes that Dr. Malcom believes that science should be taught in a better way: that “children should have the opportunity to learn scientific concepts through coming up with their own questions, then conducting real research to try to find the answers.” Malcom’s essay focuses on the progression of her story through academia and professional life, with the crux being opportunity – or lack thereof.

Similarly, Dr. Carol S. Dweck, a professor of psychology at Stanford, writes about how perfectionism and validation can impact one’s learning ability. The introduction for her essay concentrates on her refusal to describe anyone as “smart”, in case it limits their potential.
I found this book to be quite interesting; I recommend it highly. Its Dewey Decimal classification, if you’re interested, is 650.109252 MIS 2014. Enjoy!

Five Librarian Bloggers to Follow

Iansito, Karah

Scardilli, B. (2015, February 3).  Five librarian bloggers to follow.  Retrieved from

Jewel Cheng, a classmate in my INFO 210 class, posted this link to librarian bloggers to follow, and although they are not specific to school libraries, I think following them is a great way to connect to the broader community of librarians and be in touch with professional development in all realms of librarianship.  I added a bunch to my twitter feed, and am feeling inspired to start my own blog after sifting through just six or seven of the profiles.  Great fun!  

Among other things, each profile highlights the librarian’s blogging beginnings, areas of interest, expert advice, and includes a link to a sample post.  Scardilli’s profiles themselves are really excellent and exemplary.  

Knowledge Building Environments: Extending the Limits of the Possible in Education and Knowledge Work

Easbey, Margaret

IL-Constructivism and IL

Scardamalia, M., & Bereiter, C. (2003). Knowledge building environments: Extending the limits of the possible in education and knowledge work. In A. DiStefano, K.E. Rudestam, & R. Silverman (Eds.), Encyclopedia of distributed learning. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Accessed from http://www.ikit.org/fulltext/2003_KBE.pdf

This article provides thorough and clear definitions of concepts relating to knowledge building environments, including some history into how they developed and what they are good for. I found it extremely helpful as a starting point for my study of this subject.

Do we see reality as it really is? Exploring why we struggle with information literacy.

Devine, Anthony

The line of questioning I’m exploring is: Why is information literacy so challenging for us?
I’ve just started looking into this, but I thought this group might be interested in a TED talk I found related to this question. As you watch, consider the title’s question: Do we see reality as it really is? Donald Hoffman extends that question a little in his talk and asks us to consider: Evolutionarily speaking, is it in our interests to see reality as it really is?
I want to do more than offer tips and tricks to students and colleagues when it comes to best practices around information literacy–I want to understand how our brains interact with information; I want to understand the mental processes that facilitate our (apparent) tendency to…suck at information literacy (don’t worry–I’ll work on my wording).