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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



“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 of prescriptive frameworks, Crystle Martin details the richly literate (albeit complex) constellation of information that young people now travel through. Take heart! As her findings demonstrate, all who wander are not lost.”

—Constance Steinkuehler, Associate Professor of Digital Media, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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