Information skills for a 21st century Scotland
An online information literacy
community of practice
And he’s back!
www.the...
Information Literacy definitions
"Information literacy is knowing when and why you need
information, where to find it, and...
The Scottish Information Literacy
Project objectives 2004 - 2010
• Develop an information literacy framework, linking
prim...
Who were we?
Some achievements
• 2003 – The Drumchapel Project – where it all began
• 2004 – The ‘one year’ Information Literacy, the L...
Information skills for a 21st Century Scotland
www.therightinformation.org/
Launched 11th June
2012
@ CILIPS Annual
Confer...
Aims and activities of the community
of practice
• Developing core information literacy skills in further education
• Asse...
Some work to date
• FE training materials – Dundee College
• A comprehensive HE IL package – SMILE (Glasgow
Caledonian)
• ...
Project Blaster: information literacy for a digital age
A skills-based cross-curricular
resource to help primary
pupils le...
Finding and assessing information
Aims to help teachers and
students identify multiple
sources of information rather
than ...
Information and Digital Literacy Provision
Abi Mawhirt
a.mawhirt@dundeecollege.ac.uk
Identified a Gap in Curriculum
• Special Programmes team short staffed
• Students unable to partake in full curriculum
• T...
Literacy Information Skills Course
• Suitable materials researched and developed
• Close work with Special Programmes team...
Types of Activities
 Using a computer as a research tool
 Finding reliable online information
 Making use of library re...
Questions? Contact details
John Crawford
johncrawford705@yahoo.co.uk
Chair, Information Skills for a 21st
Century Scotland...
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Information skills for a 21st century Scotland: an online information literacy community of practice

  1. 1. Information skills for a 21st century Scotland An online information literacy community of practice And he’s back! www.therightinformation.org/
  2. 2. Information Literacy definitions "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." CILIP (2004) www.cilip.org.uk/get-involved/advocacy/information-literacy/pages/default.aspx “Information Literacy was defined as the ability to identify, locate, evaluate, organize and effectively create, use and communicate information to address an issue or problem.” Prague Declaration
  3. 3. The Scottish Information Literacy Project objectives 2004 - 2010 • Develop an information literacy framework, linking primary, secondary and tertiary education to lifelong learning including workplace and adult literacies agendas • Advocacy on behalf of information literacy for education and the wider community • Work with information literacy champions both UK and worldwide • Research and promote information literacy in the workplace • Identify and work with partners, both in education and the wider community • Research the role of information literacy in continuing professional development • Research the health and media literacies agenda
  4. 4. Who were we?
  5. 5. Some achievements • 2003 – The Drumchapel Project – where it all began • 2004 – The ‘one year’ Information Literacy, the Link between Secondary and Tertiary Education Project launched • 2005-8 - the first draft of the National Information Literacy Framework Scotland completed, piloted and evaluated • Contact and work with Learning and Teaching Scotland and learndirectscotland [now Education Scotland] • Extensive network of partners and contacts from school, FE/HE, workplace, lifelong learning, Adult literacies + overseas • Website developed and blog + PR activities • Initial health and media literacy contacts
  6. 6. Information skills for a 21st Century Scotland www.therightinformation.org/ Launched 11th June 2012 @ CILIPS Annual Conference in Dundee New online information literacy community of practice: Information Skills for a 21st century Scotland. More than a website … Hosted by Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC)
  7. 7. Aims and activities of the community of practice • Developing core information literacy skills in further education • Assessing the impact of information literacy training • Advocacy for information literacy • Instructing teachers in information literacy • Information literacy as an employability skill • Information literacy toolkits for young people • Teaching information literacy skills in public libraries • Links between schools and public libraries • Use of electronic information literacy resources in public libraries • Online training packages in higher education • Workplace information literacy skills • Social media
  8. 8. Some work to date • FE training materials – Dundee College • A comprehensive HE IL package – SMILE (Glasgow Caledonian) • Programme of awareness raising within the profession • Presentations at an international conference • Further development of framework • Project Blaster (primary school project) • Plan training events within Scotland • Book – Information literacy and lifelong learning
  9. 9. Project Blaster: information literacy for a digital age A skills-based cross-curricular resource to help primary pupils learn basic research skills A six step guide that shows teachers and pupils how to find, select and analyse a wide range of information for school projects whether online or print-based Aims to help pupils build the critical skills necessary to assess the increasing amount of information they will encounter in their learning journey
  10. 10. Finding and assessing information Aims to help teachers and students identify multiple sources of information rather than just relying on Google as a starting point Encourages pupils to make connections between information around them and what they find online Teaches pupils to critically evaluate information through class discussion and comparing different sources
  11. 11. Information and Digital Literacy Provision Abi Mawhirt a.mawhirt@dundeecollege.ac.uk
  12. 12. Identified a Gap in Curriculum • Special Programmes team short staffed • Students unable to partake in full curriculum • Teaching hours cut, timetables stretched • New way to improve information literacy sought © K Baikie, Licensor Dundee College
  13. 13. Literacy Information Skills Course • Suitable materials researched and developed • Close work with Special Programmes team • College certificate course agreed • First Literacy Information Skills class in Aug 2009 © Dundee College
  14. 14. Types of Activities  Using a computer as a research tool  Finding reliable online information  Making use of library resources  Understanding and using weights and measures © Dundee College
  15. 15. Questions? Contact details John Crawford johncrawford705@yahoo.co.uk Chair, Information Skills for a 21st Century Scotland, Information skills for a 21st century Scotland http://www.therightinformation.org/

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