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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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I would like to thank the many people who have supported me through this process. To Arnold Martin, whose love, support, intellectual contributions, and unending willingness to discuss intricate details of my research kept me progressing and focused. I am so lucky to have such an amazing partner. Arnold, you make life endlessly full of joy and adventure. Amanda Ochsner, you read so many drafts of this work in its very early stages, this book would not be what it is today without that early support. Thanks to Michele Knobel and Colin Lankshear for seeing promise in the early draft of this book, as well as Sophie Appel and Chris Myers at Peter Lang for guiding me through the publishing process. I would like to thank Constance Steinkuehler, Mimi Ito, Cathy Compton-Lilly, Rebekah Willett, Kurt Squire, James Paul Gee, Ryan Martinez, Caro Williams, Beth King, Jordan Thevenow-Harrison, and Gabriella Anton for all of their support. I would also like to thank my parents, Sara and Chris Price, for their continuous encouragement to pursue my passion. As well as Barbara and Walter Richards, the most loving grandparents anyone could ever have, and my sister, Martha, for support. Finally, to Debbie Martin, who used her expertise as a novice to make this book an infinitely better read.

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