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Notes on Information Fluency


Current thoughts on Information Fluency w/r/t digital literacy, new literacies, digital citizenship, and more.

Current thoughts on Information Fluency w/r/t digital literacy, new literacies, digital citizenship, and more.

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  • Some thoughts about Information Fluency to guide us in the current development. Guidelines for this development: we are creating a 1-credit course that includes activities currently found in LS 101, but expanded and, most importantly, contextualized with an eye toward instilling basic concepts of information fluency. Clearly, this course could be 3 credits and still not cover all the possible ground that comprises Information Fluency, not to mention issues that arise from our target audience being those who are least likely to even know what their eventual academic discipline will be, much less be conversant enough with it to have an understanding of that discipline's specific information ecology (publications, info resources and repositories, active communities) and networks. Options beyond the 1-credit course include: creating 3 1-credit stacked units that expand on the concepts in (what I will call, for now) Information Fluency 101, creating a capstone course intended for seniors that would require them to delve into their discipline and community, or creating modules that are kind of a combination of the first two ideas.


  • 1. The State of Information Fluency Issues, Questions, Directions
  • 2. Lessons from the Past 1999 http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=6482 2001-2006 http://www.colleges.org/techcenter/if/if_definition.html 2002-Present http://21cif.imsa.edu/ 2004 http://virtualinquiry.com/inquiry/fluency.pdf
  • 3. Similar, Recent, Emerging Models http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/aaslproftools/learningstandards/AASL_LearningStandards.pdf http://www.iste.org/Content/NavigationMenu/NETS/ForStudents/2007Standards/NETS_for_Students_2007_Standards.pdf http://if.ucf.edu/ifaq.php
  • 4. Library as Natural Habitat http://library.louisville.edu/infoliteracy/ Charles Kratz Dean of Libraries and Information Fluency University of Scranton http://www.edpath.com/images/IFReport2.pdf
  • 5. Web Search in its Place
  • 6. Relationship Between Digital Literacy and Information Fluency http://www.flickr.com/photos/xdmag/2496338119/
  • 7. Relationship to Digital Citizenship http://www.educ.ksu.edu/digitalcitizenship/NineThemes.htm
  • 8. Relationship to the PLE http://www.flickr.com/photos/5tein/2271568921/ http://eduspaces.net/csessums/files/1/9894/weblogbrainstorming.jpg monkey
  • 9. Multiple Literacies http://www.flickr.com/photos/lizgdesign/2296356113/
  • 10. Elaborating on the IF Triad http://www.flickr.com/photos/lizgdesign/2296356113/
  • 11. Characteristics of Fluency
  • 12. Contemplation, Reflection and Speed http://www.flickr.com/photos/lizgdesign/2296356113/
  • 13. Creativity and the Individual http://www.flickr.com/photos/stephen_downes/252157734/
  • 14. Let’s Do It http://www.flickr.com/photos/furnari/145165473/