Chandler Christoffel

User Experience Librarian - UGA Libraries

Education & Training | Information Framing & Manipulation

North America | USA

My job is to help people find the information sources they need. But I also want to encourage information literacy - to interrogate some of their assumptions about what is reliable. As we look at search results together, I might point out different points of view, agendas and rhetorical strategies. We might start with sources from local, state or regional governments, then go to national governments and international agencies. After that, we might explore the grey literature, say from think tanks and NGOs. I also recommend tertiary information (handbooks, encyclopedias), which is great for non-specialists, and we look at the sources they use. We can suggest statistics databases that provide and aggregate raw data, which can be easier to consume than some of the disparate local data.


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