evaluating

Religious literacy (and the modern Pagan)

Several recent questions in my job as a librarian have me thinking about the many kinds of literacy out there. Literacy literacy, as it were (reading and writing). Digital literacy. Math literacy. Science literacy. Emotional literacy. But there’s a kind that doesn’t get talked about very much, which is religious literacy. The school I went to for the last two years of high school (which was a non-sectarian boarding school) had a requirement for students who were there three or four years of taking a philosophy or religion class, so there were a wide range to select from. I took […]

What does it mean to be an expert?

I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be an expert. And what it means when we aren’t. Most of us have dozens of topics where we know a bit, but we’re not an expert. We have some experiences, but they’re personal understanding. How we put what we know as individuals into a larger picture, and what that means for evaluating information we get – from both experts and non-experts.’ It’s something that comes up in various Pagan communities all the time: someone says something, sounds like an authority, and yet, when you dig into it, it’s not […]

Covers and Context

Welcome! One of the things I’ve learned as a librarian is that people have vastly different experiences with how they go about finding information (or not finding it, as the case may be) and that that happens for all sorts of different reasons. That’s particularly true for many Pagans I’ve talked to over the years. Sometimes there are good reasons for that. The methods of research taught in many schools work well for some academic topics and projects, but not nearly as well for personal projects, especially ones that involve emotions, religion, magic, or other things that have an experiential aspect. […]