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Information Literacy 2.0

Information Literacy 2.0



Presentation given at the online conference in June 2009 (yourschoollibrary.org) ...

Presentation given at the online conference in June 2009 (yourschoollibrary.org)

Abstract: In the last decade the way knowledge is organized and made available has been radically altered. Users are witnessing the emergence of the new services, tools and technologies known as Web 2.0 environment. The significant attributes and features of these new tools relate to knowledge creation, management, sharing and dissemination causing the appearance of anomalies in the information literacy paradigm. Fact is that many of the aspects of current information literacy practices originate from a print-based culture which is incongruent with the transient and hybrid nature of digital environments. The authors examine the grounds for the possible re-conceptualizations in the field of information literacy and identify the current developments in the information universe.



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Information Literacy 2.0 Information Literacy 2.0 Presentation Transcript

  • Information literacy 2.0 Mihaela Banek Zorica [email_address] Sonja Špiranec [email_address] University of Zagreb, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Department of Information Sciences
  • What is Information Literacy
    • the ability to locate, evaluate and use information
    • In the knowledge/information society Information literacy is fundamental for educated individuals
  • Information literacy
    • has always been influenced and determined by the current information environment.
    • the concept of IL is seen as advancing from the practice of teaching tool-based skills toward teaching competencies that are applicable in diverse environments.
    • as a prerequisite for lifelong learning
  • Characteristics of the contemporary information environment
    • Information is networked
    • Information is digital
    • Information is in abundance
    • (Warlick, 2006)
  • Successful surviving in todays’ information space
      • Find
      • Decode
      • Critically evaluate
      • Organize
      • Present
      • Apply
  • Information Perspectives of today ’ s users
    • Baby Boomers
      • Value authoritative information
      • Involved in information seeking
      • Value library as place
      • Use technology as tool
      • Personalized service
    • Millennials
      • Information is information
      • Media formats don’t matter
      • Visual learners
      • Process immediately
      • Different research skills
  • Information erosion Tuominen (2007)
    • In the era of print culture the information context was based on textual permanence, unity and identifiable authorship, and was therefore stable.
    • Emergence of the web environment - blurring of authority
    • Web 2.0 with its collaborative model of knowledge production and mash-up philosophy finally brought an end to the stability of information context by creating flat and fluid information spaces .
  • Web 1.0 – Web 2.0
    • Web 1.0:
      • Searching of static data
      • Usage of da t a from large databases
        • Web as a repository
    • Web 2.0
      • I nteractivity
      • User generates their own content
        • web 2.0 as a platform form collaboration
  • Web 2.0 offers EVERYBODY Web 2.0 create publish share collaborate influence connect
  • http://www.andybudd.com/presentations/dcontruct05
  • Library 2.0
    • reaction to the web-based developments in ICT and the widespread use of social software
    • Curran et al., 2007
    • Web 2.0 largely focuses on information-based services which naturally have an impact on IL.
  • Development of information literacy Sundin (2008)
  • Teaching IL
    • does not merely involve
      • library or bibliographic instruction (library skills) or user education
      • the ability to use different information sources effectively (information skills).
    • It also includes teaching critical and analytical thinking skills regarding the use of information as well as the ability to generate new ideas from current information and prior knowledge.
    Abdullah, A. 2008.
  • How to teach IL 2.0
    • Usage of tools and services
    • Educate teachers and students
    • Teaching the importance of the context in which information is found and applied
  • … and school libraries
    • The social networking literate librarian possesses the skills necessary for providing services in and with online social networking sites.
    • Librarians need a new branch of skill sets specific to utilizing and leveraging social networking sites to provide quality services and maintain their role as information experts in a Web2.0 world.
  • Further steps
    • The only way for educational institutions to control or influence information behavior of students in these new realms is indirectly through IL programs.
    • We need to go towards the integration of tagging issues, the issues of reliability, authenticity and privacy, including various other questions related to learning communities in IL programs
    • Librarians and teachers have to use Web 2.0 services and applications, not as isolated tools, but within their IL programs and sessions.