Exploring what it means to “put something online”

I don’t do this very often on this blog, but this is totally worth it: Go read this.

So now, a little more than halfway through the class, students are asked to turn their digital expertise and expectations upside-down: to use online search tools specifically for the purpose of figuring out what’s not available to them with the click of a mouse, and to go through the process themselves of making a portion of that non-digitized world available in the network realm for future use.

This debrief on an assignment is a great counterpoint to my last post about C.E. Murphy’s self-publishing adventures. You can draw your own conclusions, but mine is simple: I LOVE THIS IDEA. Librarians, particularly future-focused ones, talk lightly and with casual flippancy about the online information environment, but it’s a smart and timely reminder to consider what it takes to create that world.



  1. […] Jenica points to a brilliant assignment from Greg Downey: having student find information that is not online. Finding information that’s not online.  Find an article (research journal article, analytic newspaper article, serious magazine article, or scholarly book chapter) that is on the topic of the Internet or new media, but not available (at least, not to you) on the Internet, and acquire a digital copy of that article. […]


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