Nugget #4 From Computer Lib/ Dream Machines

Select quote from Nelson Article:

The fundamental strength of collateration seen here is that any new structure collateral to another may be used as a table of contents or an outline, taking the user instantly to parts which are of interest in some new context.

Nelson’s primary interest in hyperlinked metadata and systems thinking was further reinforced during the Hangout Interview when he discovered his students had no concept of computer programming.  As a result, Nelson included guest lecutures on the Python Programming Language to impress upon his students that the internet does not work in a black box.  Although I have advanced training in structured database design and bibliographic indexing, I think that Nelson wants his audience to appreciate that structured chunks of content can be connected via the internet in unexpected ways that do not necessarily fit controlled vocabularies, taxonomies, computational thinking.

This brought to mind new developments in the Hyperlinked Library where original content is largely shared via hypertext links rather than acquired, cataloged, and stored in original formats at each location.  Further thoughts led to the notion of Programming Code taught as a New Literacy  coined in the popular phrase “Learn to Code, Code to Learn“.  The goal of teaching coding is to help students think logically and critically, to collaborate, and to create meaningful learning about how chunks of content found on the internet are related, reviewed, and remixed to (re)construct personal knowledge.

This leads me to reflection about how augmented reality applications  require tech-savvy users able to effectively manage ever-changing computer interfaces, technology platforms, and data banks that makeup their digital footprint.  Earlier in this course, online students reflected about Michael Wesch’s video.  My take away from Wesch and Nelson  is that responsible Web 2.0 users develop habits of mind to “rethink a few things” in order to connect learning to mediated cultures that are hyperlinked and participatory:

copyright, authorship, identity, ethics, aesthetics, rhetorics, governance, privacy, commerce, love, family, ourselves.

These habits of mind are best expressed in ACRL Information Literacy Standards currently under revision to engage students in critical self-reflection while evaluating information found on the web.


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