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Information Literacy in school libraries


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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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  • 1. Information Literacy in school libraries
    Sheila Webber
    Information School, University of Sheffield
    June 2011
    International IL Logo:
  • 2. 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
  • 3. 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
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. 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.
  • 6. 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)
  • 7. Approaches to teaching
    Copyright Kevin Sheehan, School Librarian of the Year 2010
  • 8. 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.
  • 9. Critical and digital literacy
    Creating information
    Managing online identity
    Assessing information from web, people, print etc.
  • 10. 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)
  • 11. Web resources
    James Herring’s blog
    Scottish IL Project
    (UK) School Library Association
    Welsh Information Literacy Project
  • 12. 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
  • 13. Sheila Webber
    Information School, University of Sheffield, UK
    Twitter and Second Life: Sheila Yoshikawa