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Blog Reflection 11 and 12: Infinite Learning

Today’s resources are all but allocated for, at least in industrialized nations. There are regulations for everything except for information economies (these have punishments only). Information literacy itself has become increasingly regulated to the point of censure in many examples. 

(Censorship in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is implemented or mandated by the PRC’s ruling party, the Communist Party of China (CPC). The government censors content for mainly political reasons, but also to maintain its control over the populace.)

Freedom of speech isn’t the same as freedom of education. Many facts and anecdotes are not allowed to be shared in totalitarian dictatorships such as China. People often disappear sharply after or during any sort of protest to the government. And Google.com is not allowed in that nation at all, for the Chinese government might loose information control. 

Less political but still over-arching regulations of information exist here in the U.S., here in our classrooms and our new classrooms – our homes. Plagiarism is the most obvious reason for this regulation. It doesn’t yet extend to many other nations meaning that the Chinese may copy and profit from documents and inventions and ideas made and patented by Americans. Its a question of social ethics and national pride. Some nations are respectful and play but the rules while others circumvent and surreptitiously rob foreign nationals. The FBI has warned and been working with American Universities for decades to safeguard American ideas.

Ideas aren’t unlimited resources. And China will steal yours if you’re not careful (how to stop China from stealing your intellectual property). Once a patent is placed on one, at least by an American in America, it is considered their intellectual property even if someone else shared that same idea at whatever point in time. But there’s a different sort of information that no one can censure, and that’s a “skill”.

Libraries accommodate, host, and/or have transformed almost completely into “maker spaces”. When a librarian teaches the information that culminates as a “skill”, the newly skilled maker/user is free to use that information for whatever purposes they like (otherwise lawfully). This is one of the reasons that the new manifestation and services provided by newly skilled librarians are so popular and important. Skills are unlimited resources. Skills not “things”, are why people are now going to the library. 

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