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Information Literacy in school libraries

Information Literacy in school libraries



Presentation by Sheila Webber ...

Presentation by Sheila Webber
Information School, University of Sheffield
United Kingdom

Venue: Empatic International Workshop - Schools Sector in Krakow, Poland
Date: 8 June 2011



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    • Information Literacy in school libraries
      Sheila Webber
      Information School, University of Sheffield
      June 2011
      International IL Logo: http://www.infolitglobal.info/
    • Progression of Information Literacy
      Progression = steady development of IL, year on year
      Progression through school years
      Progression within subjects (IL within geography, English etc.)
      Lifelong learning: progression from early years, and helping transition to college/ university
      Can be helped by adopting a model or framework for IL
    • Model/ framework of IL
      Many models (e.g. Big6, James Herring’s model)
      Success when adopt clear, easily understood model and make it widely available
      Model adopted by school
      Known by teachers and students
      Used in lessons
      Visible in classrooms e.g. on wall
      Which model is chosen: may depend on country/ curriculum/ school
    • Contextualising IL in school/ national curriculum
      In UK: national curricula dictate what is taught
      Williams and Wavell’s research: even teachers interested in IL feel they have no space to teach it
      Therefore importance of getting IL formally into national curriculum
      Otherwise: can show how IL supports key elements of the curriculum
      Example: Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland: Scottish Library and Information Council (2009) Improving libraries for learners.
    • National frameworks for IL
      Frameworks for IL through life
      Scottish IL framework
      Welsh IL framework
      Welsh example
      Involving key government agencies (not just librarians) in core planning
      Linking framework to national educational framework
      Developing examples of IL in different contexts to demonstrate value
      Scottish “case studies” in schools at different age levels
      Welsh examples including IL helping employability and citizenship etc.
    • Status of librarian
      Obviously valuable if law saying that school has to have a librarian ;-)
      Campaign for librarians not just libraries
      Being seen as trained professional colleague by teachers
      Being supported by senior managers in schools (Head Teacher etc.)
      Being respected by pupils (personal qualities and confidence of librarian + how treated by teachers)
    • Approaches to teaching
      Copyright Kevin Sheehan, School Librarian of the Year 2010
    • Looking @ Practice Finding and using information: Early LevelI listen or watch for useful or interesting information and I use this to make choices to learn new things. LIT 0.04a Information Literacy in Junior (Primary) 1St Margaret’s School, Edinburgh
      Irving, Christine. (2010) “Begin at the beginning - Information and Critical Literacy in Curriculum for Excellence Early & First Level (Nursery & Primary Schools) “ Presented at the LILAC Conference, Limerick, 29 March 2010.
    • Critical and digital literacy
      Creating information
      Managing online identity
      Assessing information from web, people, print etc.
    • Goals
      Helping people customise IL to national/ school context (rather than attempting to get a model of IL to fit everyone’s needs)
      Ammunition, examples, support in getting IL into national education strategy and into local school strategy
      Models of school librarian education, role and status
      Recommendations/ roles for other stakeholders: parents, government, teachers, public & university libraries
      Examples of IL in different subjects, levels (age and ability), meeting different learning outcomes; examples using terminology of educators (which can vary between countries)
    • Web resources
      James Herring’s blog http://jherring.wordpress.com/
      Scottish IL Project http://caledonianblogs.net/information-literacy/
      (UK) School Library Association http://www.sla.org.uk
      Welsh Information Literacy Project http://library.wales.org/en/information-literacy/
    • UK documents
      Morris, E. (2010) School Libraries: a plan for improvement. Museums, Libraries & Archives Council, and the National Literacy Trust. (Report of an official Commission inquiring into school libraries)
      School Library Association. (2010) Primary School Library Charter. Swindon: SLA.
      Scottish Library and Information Council. (2009) Improving Libraries for Learners: supporting learning and meeting needs. Motherwell: SLIC
    • Sheila Webber
      Information School, University of Sheffield, UK
      Twitter and Second Life: Sheila Yoshikawa