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Presentation given at "Change, Challenge and Collaborate" event held at De Montfort University Kimberlin Library on 22nd May 2012, an event organised by the East Midlands ARL Group of CILIP.

Presentation given at "Change, Challenge and Collaborate" event held at De Montfort University Kimberlin Library on 22nd May 2012, an event organised by the East Midlands ARL Group of CILIP.



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  • We have used the 7 Pillars model within our embedded IL programmes, ie, those in which IL is a mandatory element of an academic unit. The Pillars provide the underpinning structure for those programmes, and are linked to learning outcomes and students’ assessment. (Russell Group University) We restructured our user education programme a couple of years ago and developed four levels, each with learning outcomes mapped to the SCONUL skills. (New University) We quote the 7 Pillars in our IL Strategy, as it offers a clear and helpful definition of what IL is all about. (Russell Group University)
  • Teach a first year undergraduate how to identify, scope & plan their information needs Teach a second year student how to evaluate and manage information? Teach a final year undergraduate how to present the data and information they find?

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  • The SCONUL Seven Pillars of Information Literacy Ruth Stubbings, Loughborough University
  • TodayBy the end of today you: • will have gained an understanding of the SCONUL Seven Pillars of Information Literacy • be able to differentiate between the core model and research lens • be able to apply the model and / or lens to your or your colleagues teaching
  • Acknowledgements Moira Bent from Newcastle University Colleagues on SCONUL WGIL Group Stephane Goldstein from RIN View slide
  • The 7Ps and you….Two things re the 7Ps and you!• One thing you like / will use or encourage colleagues touse• One improvement / suggestion / commentQuestions – feel free to ask as we go along View slide
  • What does it mean to be information literate? Becoming a Lifelong  Developing ideas learner  Using IT Using the Library effectively  Knowing where to look Understanding what you  Interpreting, summarising read  Understanding how Using info wisely information works Organising resources
  • All ofthese areaspects of IL
  • Jerome Parker Information Literacy Wiki http://jeromeparkercampuslibrary.wikispaces.com/
  • SCONULSociety of College, National & University Libraries SCONUL promotes excellence in library services in higher education and national libraries across the UK and Ireland by Promoting the sharing and development of good practice Influencing policy makers and encouraging debate Raising the profile of higher education and national libraries
  • The 7Ps and you…. Have you heard of the model? Were any of you or your colleagues using the old model?Handsome hands by Photo extremist http://www.flickr.com/photos/thevlue/5263791953/ Reproduced under CCL
  • The Seven Pillars of Information Skills• In 1999, the SCONUL Information Skills Task Force published Information skills in higher education: a SCONUL position paper introducing the Seven Pillars of Information Skills model.
  • The model allowed us toFormulate ideas around the concept of information skillsDevelop frameworks to plan against when developing skillsprogrammesUse terminology to initiate discussions with academic staffMeasure progress against a national normArticulate outcomes to studentsCompare our work against common goalsLink into other professional arenas (i-skills)
  • Seven Pillars around the world World Map 1689 — No. 1 by Chuck “Caveman” Coker http://www.flickr.com/photos/caveman_92223/3185534518/ Reproduced under CCL
  • In the UKSCONUL WGIL survey 2009 – 7Ps used in 40 HE Libraries• Underpins IL programme design 10• Used in strategy & / or policy documents 6• Library or HEI frameworks are based on it 5• Used for learning outcomes or competencies 4• Provides framework for online / VLE IL module 4• Used for discussion and debate 3• Linked to IL quiz 1
  • Collapsing pillars…. Hee, hee! I think yourCriticism of old Seven Pillars model: pillars have collapsed Emphasis on skills Perceived as linear Focused on print Geoff Inflexible, difficult to adapt By librarians for librarians 12 years old so didnt cover new concepts and developments in the information world
  • The new model: key principlesMust be flexible and adaptableMust be cyclical, not step drivenAble to apply to different user populationsInitial focus had to be UK HECore model has to use standard (“librarian”“academic”) terminologyMust extend from skills to attitudes andbehavioursMust be easy to apply in practical situations
  • SCONUL Information Literacy Definition Information literate people will demonstrate an awareness of how they gather, use, manage, synthesise and create information and data in an ethical manner and will have the information skills to do so effectively. Not only: Skills and competencies But also: Attitudes and behaviours
  • Information landscape
  • The SCONUL Seven Pillars of Information Literacy model recognises that: information seeking is not linear it is an iterative process individuals can start their search any where in the process individuals can be expert on different pillars at different times
  • Seven Pillars: New model
  •   Seven Pillars: Doughnut http://www.sconul.ac.uk/topics_issues/info_literacy/
  • Research lensThe Research lens varies from core model as it is set: in task at hand – that of research in an individuals IL landscape in the subject area links closely to another professional bodies standards (Vitae) uses language of a researcher
  • Core model Research lens
  • Core Model Research lens
  • The 7Ps and you….Drawing on your experience, discuss in groups: Looking at the core model, which pillars do you or your colleagues teach and why? How could you use the core model to negotiate and plan information literacy teaching in your institution?
  • Since the launch… Welsh IL Framework Cambridge New Curriculum OER (open educational Resources) Digital literacy lens Law lens….
  • What next? Develop more lenses Monitor take-up and use Listen to feedback Regularly update Engage with stakeholdersTemple de la Sagrada Familia, Barcelona by Ruth Stubbings
  • One thing... Keep in touch Ruth Stubbings r.e.stubbings@lboro.ac.uk Moira Bent moira.bent@ncl.ac.uk www.moirabent.blogspot.com
  • Some useful links SCONUL Seven Pillarshttp://www.sconul.ac.uk/groups/information_literacy/seven_pillars.html An Information Literacy Framework for Waleshttp://library.wales .org/uploads/media/Information_Literacy_Framework_Wales.pdf Cambridge New Curriculum for ILhttp://arcadiaproject.lib.cam.ac.uk/docs/ANCIL_final.pdf