IL- Location of Information
Anne Rice. 2015, September 25. 15 Banned Books for History Buffs (to Read Online for Free). [Facebook Status Update] Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/annericefanpage/posts/10153709217495452
I came across this article on Facebook of all places. Most authors on Facebook are actively involved in current information study topics and more than willing to share their opinions on controversial “hot topics”. From reading the comments sections of this Facebook Status Update you will see that Anne Rice, like many of us, grew up in a sheltered literacy environment. Most people who commented on Anne’s link gave their personal stories of acquiring banned or scandalous books and how the practice was absolutely not necessary and should be done away with. Whether or not you agree with the practice of banning books it’s a topic information professionals should be aware of and should be following.
There are several authors I follow on Facebook and/or Twitter. As an educator and future information professional I’ve found most authors will not only “friend” you on Facebook but also Skype your class if asked. Anne Rice is one of my favorite authors and she’s quite the social butterfly on Facebook. My students are always interested in what book I’m reading and always want to know why I like certain authors/ genres so much. A few years back I asked Anne to Skype my classroom to discuss the writing process with them and she agreed. She was extremely professional, courteous, and patient with my students. She helped my students understand what an author goes through when writing a book and help them make a real world connection to the realm of writing.