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Webber - Developing profiles for the information literacy professional (poster abstract)

  1. 1. Developing profiles for the information literacy professionalSheila Webber, Sheffield University Information School, s.webber@sheffield.ac.ukThe aim of this poster is to contribute to a project to develop the profile of theInformation Literacy Professional (ILP). This is a new project from the IFLAInformation Literacy Section, led by the presenter, which aims to develop profiles forILPs, with input from library and information professionals in different sectors and indifferent countries. The poster will outline the aims of the project and report briefly onprogress. Space on the poster will be devoted to encouraging contributions fromconference participants (e.g. via post-its) to encourage conversation during and afterthe conference.Although some commentators still question the term “Information Literacy”, it is thedominant English-language term, and is recognised internationally (e.g. in the nameof the relevant section of the International Federation of Library Associations andInstitutions (IFLA) and in the name of key associations such as the National Forumfor Information Literacy). There are growing numbers of library and information sectorposts which have the term “information literacy” in the job title, or which haveinformation literacy development as a key responsibility.The profiles will identify relevant skills, knowledge and attitudes and link to formaldocuments (e.g. from professional associations) and practitioner accounts (e.g.articles, blog posts) which contribute to the profile and/or round it out with practicalexamples. Project team members from different countries and sectors will leaddevelopment of material to result in profiles tailored to different national/linguisticcontexts and also for different sectors (school libraries, academic libraries etc.) Theproject will use an online community, social networking and participation atconferences such as LILAC to gather information and ideas. It is envisaged that theprofiles will be particularly useful for 1) Continuing Professional Development(planning provision and setting personal goals); and 2) Engaging with employers.

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