Teacher librarians as ‘information dietitians’

I’m looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of this book, The Information Diet when it is released in early January 2012.

Love the subtitle ‘A Case for Conscious Consumption’. The book blurb states: “Healthy information consumption habits are about more than productivity and efficiency. They’re about your personal health, and the health of society. Just as junk food can lead to obesity, junk information can lead to new forms of ignorance. The Information Diet provides a framework for consuming information in a healthy way, by showing you what to look for, what to avoid, and how to be selective.

With this book, you’ll learn:

  • The relationship between power, authority, and information since the dawn of the first major information-technology boom
  • How people react to information consumption, according to cognitive science and neuroscience findings
  • How the new, information-abundant society is suffering consequences from poor information consumption habits
  • What constitutes a healthy information diet and how you can get started”

I really like the way ‘information’ is being explored here as part of a person’s healthy lifestyle, and people being empowered by the ‘information choices’ they make to inform their lives.

Should we be presenting teacher librarians as information dietitians in 2012?

4 responses to “Teacher librarians as ‘information dietitians’

  1. I wouldn’t say dietitians, but nutritionists perhaps, yes.

  2. Many thanks for your feedback Clay. I’m not sure if this is simply a case of semantics or possibly a difference between the use of these terms in the US compared to Australia. Based on these two very basic definitions of these terms at http://healthcare.careeredublogs.com/dietitian-vs-nutritionist-which-one-is-right-for-you/ and http://www.fitsugar.com/Dietitian-vs-Nutritionist-660208, I’m actually wondering whether dietitician would be the preferred term to use when exploring the role of the teacher librarian in a school who provides advice and instruction in effective information use and knowledge construction, ie. helping students and teachers with managing their ‘information diet’. I would be interested in hearing how others view the distinction between the two, given it seems a dietitian is the educated professional.

  3. Dear Lyn,
    I think Dietitian is a great term. I was thinking that the Dietition would be working on ‘Trimming the Fat!’ from the information diet. I equate this with the TL helping students locate the most appropriate information they need on a subject and synthesising, is the preperation before complete consumption. I’m sure many analogies come into play here. Thanks for a great Blog.

  4. Lyn, I look forward to reading the book too. Good distinction between information overload and information consumption – we do have control!

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