When I registered for Information Literacy I expected to fulfill a general education credit and push through the eight weeks to get the credit I needed. I was not aware that I would end up learning so much information in such a short period of time. It was very interesting to learn of all the different ways that information and be communicated and the way that the media can be both useful and deceiving. The class helped me come to the realization that knowing how to find, interpret and use information in the proper way is extremely useful both for educational and personal uses. The various activities that we participated in during class time helped to facilitate this aspect of information literacy. It was very useful to be able to learn about different databases and how to use them to my advantage. I also found the digital media talk quite intriguing as well. It has changed my perspective on the way that I post on both Facebook and twitter. Bryan Alexander helped me to realize that every time I partake in social media sites I am creating a story about myself. It was interesting to think that anyone can be a story teller and that you don’t have to write a novel or article to do so. There are a variety of different ways that one can express their thoughts, ideas and feelings through the use of technology. Finally, the idea of technobiophilia was very fascinating. It brought light to an aspect of my life that I had not really put time into thinking about before. I have often found myself looking at pictures of nature and the outdoors while spending hours in the library finishing papers and assignments. This work took a different perspective on the influence that nature and technology can have on the stress.
Understanding the many aspects of information literacy is important to people of all ages. The way that information is found, used and observed allows people to become more aware and in touch with society. It is interesting to learn that anyone can participate in producing information and it has become extremely easy to make it available to the public through the use of social media sites and the internet in general. This class has introduced me to new search techniques and databases that will aid my studies in other classes in which I must obtain resources from a variety of sources. It was also very beneficial to learn to find a book in the library as well as learning the techniques of the scanner because it was something I had not previously known how to do. Furthermore, this is a form of research that I would have not previously turned to although it proved to be very useful.