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Now, more than ever before, people are desperately in need of skills that will help them determine what is worthy of their attention, and how to effectively study and learn over their lifetime in this increasingly ill-structured and information-rich environment.
Those skills are what we call information literacy - the key to lifelong learning. I hadn't thought about it before, but I can see his point that adaptive/personalized learning stunts IL development. It's an attempt to inject content and knowledge into the learner, learning with training wheels, when it would be better to empower/enable the learner to explore, self-regulate and self-assess
The author comes at it from the open source software angle. Open is not just the license, it's a way of working, and documenting that work is vital. Documenting the process lets the world know what doesn't work and what pitfalls to avoid. Documenting the process lets others know why things were done the way they were done - what went into the decisions that were made along the way. Documenting the process lets others know if it's a project worth joining, and who's doing interesting work.
There are parallels with open education too. If we engage in open practice, others can build on our work. Maybe they will come up with something we can take back to our courses. When we did The Internet Course, we class-sourced and CRAAP-tested the readings. Bryan Jackson took our idea and built on it, and had the class work together to evaluate the readings.
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This looks like a nice self-help tool for an academic library: Library DIY. Even better, the code is open source and on GitHub. I see that it's not the only library using it. Chatham University has something of the same name, but not the same thing.
Arizona State University similarly released an open source project, Guide on the Side. That seems to have gotten a little more traction, and served as the inspiration for Library DIY