Staff to brainstorm the term Information Literacy in pairs and identify the skills you need to be Information Literate.We are using the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals definition of information literacy for the Welsh Information Literacy project.
The CILIP definition involves several skills:What kind of information , how much information and why do you need it.What resources are available to you, how to access them, what resource types to useAn ability to search appropriate resources effectively and identify relevant information. Evaluating results for authenticity, accuracy, currency, value and bias.To understand, compare, combine, annotate, and apply (use) the information found. Recognise and understand a possible need for furtherinformation searching. 6. Avoiding plagiarism, bias, respecting confidentiality etc7. The ability to communicate/share information in a manner or format that is appropriate to the information, the intended audience and situation.8. Storing your results so you can find them again, sharing information and creating new content.
Background to the Welsh Information Literacy project:The project dates from the Gregynog Conference in 2009. This was a cross sectoral ILconference with representatives from DCELLS, CyMAL, Public libraries, FE, HE, Schools and from the Scottish information literacy project. This conference was held to:Raise profile of IL in Wales2. Investigate potential for a cross-sectoral IL framework for Wales (building on the Scottish framework)A steering group was set up with representatives from all library sectors and a project officer was appointed. The project was officially launched in Sept 2010 with funding from CyMAL.Concern that information of varying quality was increasing all the time. Library staff have a role in empowering the general public to navigate this changing landscape.
The words at the very heart of our aim are about overcoming barriers.The project is aimed at the wider community and not just the educational sector.Supporting the wider understanding of information literacy and to develop it across sectors.
Phase 1 & 2 of the project (September 2010 – March 2012) were hosted by Cardiff University. Web presence: www.library.wales.org/information-literacyThis report was printed for influential people in and outside libraries to showcase best practice across library sectors in relation to Information Literacy. The report also includes a number of case studies.IL framework was developed to provide a clear structure for delivering Information Literacy at all levels and is mapped to the skills curriculum in schools and the credit and qualifications framework for Wales.Accredited units of learning in Information Literacy were developed as a result of collaborations between CQFW (Credit Qualification Framework for Wales), AgoredCymru, NIACE DysguCymru and WILP.
Phase 3 of the project, which runs until April 2013 is now hosted at Grwp Llandrillo Menai. One Project Manager and three part time Project Development Officers are working on different strands of the project.Work with the schools – aim to identify 2 schools to pilot Information Literacy training. 1 school in the North and 1 school in the South have agreed to participate in the training. They are using existing materials and mapping these to the standards and working with year 7 pupils.Advocacy – promoting the project. Looking after the web pages, Twitter, monthly e-magazine for IL champions in the public libraries etc.
Each of the 22 library authorities in Wales now have an IL champion.The project team will shortly be delivering Information Literacy awareness sessions including training on the Agored units with public library staff in Monmouthshire, Gwynedd and Denbighshire.The intention was to train up the library staff before the users but a couple of public library authorities namely Cardiff and Caerphilly are already doing to training with users.
Roles based on existing specification for CyMAL marketing champions.Public Libraries had the option of nominating “contacts” (lesser role) instead but all authorities nominated a Champion.We are looking into identifying IL champions for FE and HE for the next phase of the project.
This poster illustrates the importance of Information Literacy and the benefits of having Information Literate staff.
Brainstorming activity in pairs - 10 mins.
Seven pillars model for Information Literacy (This image of the 7 pillars model is looking down from above.)Identify (the need for information)Scope (assess current knowledge and identify gaps)Plan (strategies for locating information)Gather (locate and access information)Evaluate (review, compare and evaluate information)Manage (organise, synthesise and apply information)Present (present results and disseminate)Units: – now being piloted. All units have a credit value of 3 credits (1 credit = 10 learning hours). Tutor assessment about 15 hrs. Levels: – Entry Level to Level 4 (2 = GCSE, 3 ‘A’ Level)Credits - 30 learning hours at Level 3
There are several pilots currently in progressThese are being funded and overseen by our partners the NiaceDysgu Cymru CQFW teamPilots are running in Cardiff and Vale College, Coleg Llandrillo and the CLOCH project (which is a heritage lottery funded project to launch NEETS (not in education, employment or training) into the world of work through a rotation of paid work placements in libraries, archives and museums.)The pilots are scheduled to be concluded by Christmas and all feedback will be used to refine and improve the process.
1 enquiry and 1 logbook.Need to choose quite a “meaty” enquiry i.e. looking for a telephone number of the local takeaway or the dates for the next school holidays wouldn’t be suitable. However, an enquiry such as how to get started with local history would be suitable.Format – book, journal etcMedium – online, hardcopyProduct evidence – screenshots, how you presented your evidence to the user etcThe logbook includes guidance notes i.e. a description of what the answer would look like.Written as a member of staff helping a user.The unit is broken down into 4 LEARNING OUTCOMES, which are essentially the stages of the enquiry.TheASSESSMENT CRITERIA show what needs to be done to achieve a LEARNING OUTCOME
30 mins. Logbook on WILP website?Level 2:1a. Clarify information already known about the topic1b. Produce an action plan for gathering the evidence1c. Explain your chosen approach (what information sources are you going to search and why?)2a. How to identify relevant information from 4 information sources i.e. Detail search termsFeedback to group on how easy it was to complete the logbook. Did they encounter any problems?
10 weeks is a guide – need to aim to complete by the end of the academic year i.e. July 2013.Check choice of enquiry with assessorStaff who have completed the qualification could mentor other staff coming through
Keep in touch regarding the project via the website and twitter.
Here is the monthly e-magazine for Public Library champions throughout Wales. It’s a way for the champions to keep up to date with local and national information Literacy development, highlight best practice and a platform for the champions to share their experiences.
Recommended IL online resources for ideas, CPD and inspiration
Session OutlineBy the end of the session you will:• Have an awareness of the Welsh Information Literacy Project.• Be able to define the term Information Literacy and what skills are need to be Information Literate.• Understand how Information Literacy can be useful in everyday library work• Understand how to complete a Level 2 or Level 3 Information Literacy logbook to gain an Agored qualification. 2
Information Literacy is . . . “…knowing when and why you need information, where to find it and how to evaluate use and communicate it in an ethical manner” Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals (CILIP) 2004 3
Information Literacy Skills:1. A need for information2. The resources available3. How to find information4. The need to evaluate results5. How to work with or exploit results6. Ethics and responsibility of use7. How to communicate or share your findings8. How to manage your findings 4
5Gregynog Hall, University of Wales Conference Centre, Newtown
Aim• The Welsh Information Literacy Project aims to promote the understanding and development of Information Literacy in education, the workplace, and the wider community in Wales. 6
ObjectivesPhase 1 & 2:• Statement on Information Literacy in Wales• Web presence for the project• A report on Information Literacy provision in across library sectors in Wales• An Information Literacy framework for Wales 7• Accredited units of learning in Information Literacy
ObjectivesPhase 3:• Three strands: i) Public Libraries ii) Work with Schools iii) Advocacy 8
Public Libraries’ StrandTARGETS 2012/3:• Identify IL champions in each local authority library service• Support training of public library staff in 5 authorities• Support the delivery of Agored IL units to public library users in two authorities 9
Role of IL Champions• Act as the main contact for all IL issues• Attend any IL meetings as appropriate• To assist in the delivery of IL training and encourage staff to partake in training• To communicate and advocate latest IL initiatives/campaigns to library staff and users• To advise WILP project officers about areas of interest/concern• To ensure local IL strategies and plans are consistent with national strategies• To assist in developing yearly IL plans 10
What’s On• GWYNEDD - 3 staff awareness days. All staff to undertake Level 2 Agored training in Welsh.• WREXHAM – presentation at Staff Conference Oct 2012.• MONMOUTHSHIRE – 2 staff awareness days Dec 2012. Champions to do Level 3 and mentor interested staff through Level 2 Agored training.• CARDIFF CENTRAL LIBRARY – in house IL staff training programme based on Agored units.• DENBIGHSHIRE – 2 staff awareness days, Welsh and English. Staff to be encouraged to take up Level 2/3 Agored training.• MERTHYR TYDFIL – 2 staff awareness days Jan 2013. Champion to do Level 3 12 training and mentor interested staff in Level 2.
Group Work• What hooks can we use to get users interested in Information Literacy?• Give examples of IL activities. 14
In which areas can IL be useful?• Health information • Navigating e resources• Financial information • E safety• Family and local history • Business Information• Jobseekers’ and benefits • Citizenship information • E commerce• Helping students of any • Financial Literacy age • Problem Solving• Personal interests and • E shopping hobbies• Study and research skills – avoiding plagiarism 15
Agored InformationLiteracy Units• Taken from the IL framework• Based on the Seven Pillars model for Information Literacy• Units• Levels• Credits 17
Logbooks• Assessment is via Logbooks• Uses practical library searches and research.• Choose a complex enquiry• Need 4 information sources in 2 formats (plus 2 different mediums at level 3)• Can attach product evidence LINK TO LOGBOOK 19• Guidance notes available.
Practical Workshop Level 2/3• Brainstorm the enquiry on the activity card in pairs• Complete sections: 1a, 1b, 1c & 2a in the logbook.• TIP: use PCs to identify 4 suitable information sources for 1c & 2a• Feedback to the group 20
What Next?10 week checklist: Complete enrolment form Choose a suitable enquiry Gather evidence Complete logbook Send draft completed logbook to assessor Revise logbook based on feedback Submit completed logbook with product evidence Staff mentoring 21