About Andrew Battista

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Andrew Battista with Cromwell the falcon

I am an Assistant Professor, Information Literacy and Reference Librarian at the University of Montevallo, Alabama’s public liberal arts university. I earned my Ph.D. in English Literature in 2011, and since then I have taught courses on information literacy, social media, art history, and the politics of information. I am interested in digital humanities, critical library pedagogy, social media, geographic information systems, human attention, games based learning, and the politics of information.

Why Curation Culture?

One of my research interests is the relationship between curation online and engaged citizenship. In the digital age, we all curate to some degree, whether we realize it or not. Every time we decide to follow someone on Twitter, “like” someone or something on Facebook, pin an image on Pinterest, or give a thumbs up to a Pandora song, we are dictating the range of information that we can encounter. One of my most recent publications on curation is an essay in Information Literacy and Social Justice: Radical Professional Praxis. In that essay, I suggest that librarians should expand information literacy instruction to include social media and other participatory information sources. 

This website is a record of my classroom work and a venue for me to explore ideas. I blog occasionally on my teaching and research. 

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