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Voyage across a Constellation of Information

Information Literacy in Interest-Driven Learning Communities

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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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Chapter Seven: From a Constellation to a Galaxy

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•  CHAPTER SEVEN  •

Through this book we have toured the constellation of information for the massively multiplayer online game World of Warcraft. This constellation of information includes knowledge compendiums like wikis with thousands of pages, YouTube channels with how-to-videos and videos of game play, forums, in-game resources, resources with specialized information about professions; and the list goes on. The book has also shown the complexity within the game which spawns this vast constellation of information: from choosing a character, to picking a specialization, to choosing which quests to do, and how to navigate the economy and to use the in-game auction house. The constellation of information is vast and offers so many opportunities to both find information and get lost in it. And, as we have seen in the previous chapters, information literacy practices are used as a compass in the space to help those who are looking for information to navigate the space.

From the information horizon maps we have seen how individual players see themselves connected to the resources they use and how those resources compare to the vast amount of information available. The information literacy practices demonstrated in this chapter show how the individuals make a map or constellation for themselves in order to navigate their way through the plethora of information available. It also shows how individuals rely on the collective intelligence of the community and the community created resources by looking at the resources that they put on their maps and what...

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