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ERIC Number: ED417296
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 4
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Information Management. Myths and Realities.
Kerka, Sandra
A number of misconceptions or "myths" about information management have arisen since the beginning of the Information Age. One misconception is that the problem of information overload stems from too much information. In reality, the greater problem may be an explosion of noninformation. Many people believe that they must try to stay on top of continuous streams of information because of economic, social, and employment-related pressures. Although some have concluded that the solution is to forget about keeping up, others have advised focusing less on acquisition of information products and more on information processes (thinking about and interacting with information). Other misconceptions are that the World Wide Web is a one-stop source for all information needs and that the secret to information management is knowing how to navigate the Web. Because the Web encourages breadth over depth, however, users must be wary of relying on any single information source and must develop the critical literacy skills required to evaluate the accuracy of the information. As lifelong learners themselves, adult educators can demonstrate for learners that the key to information management is self-management: identifying one's own information needs, being one's own filter and editor, and taking both a wide and deep perspective in information seeking. (Contains 18 references.) (MN)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.