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Here be dragons

‘Here Be Dragons’ is designed to offer a different take on traditional library instruction. Rather than representing the library as merely its catalogue, this presentation deploys old maps, dragons and a bit of Borges to depict the library’s role in the wider landscape of information and introduce the key concept of the individual learner’s changing relationship with information.


Unlike most of my sessions this is a lecture-style presentation, chiefly because it was created as a bespoke session to fit into a pre-programmed ‘study skills’ day. It’s also, of necessity, Cambridge-centric. However, switching the focus from ‘how the library works’ to ‘what you can do with information (including the library)’ is a tactic that could be employed anywhere, and active and reflective elements could be added easily.

Here’s a blog post on how the session came into being.


Lesson plan (April 2012)

Slides (October 2013)

Creative Commons Licence
Here Be Dragons by Emma Coonan is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Image: ‘Here be dragons!’ [part] by Bruno Girin,, CC BY-SA 2.0


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