Hello and welcome to your library session for FYH 102! My name is Lauryn Lehman and I am your classes librarian for this semester.
The purpose of this class session is simple - we're here to help you boost your research skills and help you to learn more about how to use the library's resources to find information on the visionary you have chosen to study in-depth for your course. With this, however, we're going to be talking about some big-picture information literacy topics: including a discussion of authority.
What is information literacy?
The American Library Association (ALA) describes information literacy as: "a set of abilities requiring individuals to “recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.” To be information literate, then, one needs skills not only in research but in critical thinking."
Why do we care about information literacy?
Augustana's learning objectives say it best: https://www.augustana.edu/academics/learning-outcomes
What makes a source authoritative?
The structures of power you have discussed play a lot into what or who we collectively consider as sources of authority. Certainly, the church, nation-states, science, and corporate/economic entities have all at various times been considered authorities. But as part of your 102 course we encourage you to begin to think about whose voices are missing from traditional notions of 'authority.' Who has been excluded? And how can you work to be sure that your research considers and makes use of as wide a collection of voices as possible?