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Voyage across a Constellation of Information

Information Literacy in Interest-Driven Learning Communities


Crystle Martin

What do orcs, elves, and information literacy have to do with each others? Find out in Voyage across a Constellation of Information as we take an in-depth look at information literacy practices (how people find, evaluate, and use information) in the massively multiplayer online game World of Warcraft and its online community. This book teases out real-world information literacy practices by following players as they solve their information needs through collective activity, relying on and building a set of individual and collective practices within the online community. Voyage across a Constellation of Information offers educators, information professionals, and researchers an opportunity to get an inside look at the new practices of digital spaces, and lays the groundwork for inclusion of these practices into 21st-century education.
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Voyage across a Constellation of Information examines and describes the information practices in an online community. It is based on data from the massively multiplayer online game World of Warcraft, its online community and out-of-game resources. The practices of the individual, group, and collective intelligence are examined in the book, which demonstrates both the methods used and the effectiveness of the community at finding, evaluating, and using information. It explores the information literacy practices in use in online communities. Voyage across a Constellation of Information covers information literacy practices from the individual to the community level, in synchronous and asynchronous settings. It is a mixed methods study that explores information and learning practices that would be of interest to academics, teachers, and librarians.

“Where better to look than to online gamers to decode the skills we need to thrive in a networked age? Crystle Martin’s carefully researched account of how tech-savvy players seek knowledge and collectively solve problems provides much-needed insight into how information literacy operates in openly networked online environments. This book is an invaluable resource for educators, game researchers, and information professionals seeking to level up their understanding of the new practices and orientations that characterize today’s digitally fluent.”

—Mizuko (Mimi) Ito, Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Chair in Digital Media and Learning,University of California Irvine

“Voyage across a Constellation of Information provides a much needed systematic investigation of the information literacy practices of contemporary youth. Using naturalistic, empirical observation in place...

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