Information Literacy
Session One
We're adding information to our understanding of
English and writing!
In this session of ...
Instructor Introduction
• Sarah Moore, LRC Assistant
• BA in Communication
with an emphasis in Print Media
• Feel free to ...
Class Introduction
• We will meet eight times for 1 hour each
• The sessions build on each other
• Therefore, attendance i...
Homework Assignment
• Each homework assignment is part of,
and works toward, the final project
• You can’t afford to miss ...
Information Literacy
• Why is this in
Introduction to
Writing?
• What exactly is
Information literacy?
Information
• What is information?
– knowledge gained through study,
communication, research, instruction,
etc.; factual d...
Information
• Where do we get information?
– World Wide Web
– Radio
– Television
– Magazines
– Newspapers
– Books
– People
Literacy
• What is literacy?
– having knowledge or skill in a specified
field
• Reading / writing
• Technology
• Computers...
Information Literacy
• What is information literacy?
– An information literate individual is
“able to recognize when infor...
Information Literacy
• Problems of information illiteracy
– Asking wrong questions (and getting
wrong answers)
– Using lim...
Information Literacy
• Problems of Information Illiteracy
– Being inefficient on research and
wasting time
– Being disorga...
Lifelong Learning Skill
• Ultimately, information literate people
are those who have learned how to
learn. They know how t...
Information Literacy
• Did You Know?
• Workplace requirements of
employees
– (SCANS report)
Information Literacy Overview
Information Literacy Overview
• Define: Define the need, problem,
or question.
• Find: Locate, access, and retrieve
the in...
Information Literacy Overview
• Organize: Organize the
information so that it can be
used to meet the information
need, so...
Information is knowledge that is:
A. Read in a written form
B. Based on an opinion
C. Gained and communicated
D. Discovere...
Where can we get information?
A. People
B. Television
C. Internet
D. All of the above
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What is the definition of literacy?
A. Being able to read
B. Being able to understand what
you read
C. Having knowledge or...
Which of these is NOT a benefits
of information literacy:
A. Being organized
B. Finding outdated information
C. Finding ma...
Which one of these is a workplace
requirement, according to the
SCANS report:
A. Using computers to process
information
B....
Homework for this Session
• Choose a Topic
– Related to your program of study or
future career field.
– Begin thinking of ...
Class Website
• http://sites.google.com/site/mooreinfor
mationliteracy
– See class information online, including
calendar ...
Topic Ideas
• Business: lii.org/pub/topic/busfinjobs
• CJ: www.ncjrs.gov/viewall.html
• ECE:
www.nwrel.org/comm/topics/ece...
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  • Page 2: Contact Information
  • Page 3: Outline of Information Literacy Sessions
  • Page 4: Outline of Homework Assignment
    Page 5: Grading Scale
    Page 6: Sample Project
  • Why is this in Intro to Writing?
    Expanding on chapter 15 of text
    Giving them research skills to compliment their writing skills
    Preparing them for future classes, to utilize writing skills in research papers
    As part of your Introduction to Writing class we will be covering the Topic of Information Literacy
    The first step is finding the answer to something is understanding and coming to an agreement on what the something is - to define it
    What do the students think Information Literacy Means?
    Get as many ideas as you can
  • Let’s Break the concept down
    These are 2 definitions of Information
    Components include both getting (gained) and giving (communicated)
    Notice both include the word knowledge
    What is knowledge exactly and does it differ from information
    Knowledge
    Facts or Truths
    Stored in an external location
    Knowledge is the “something”
    Information is getting, understanding and communicating that knowledge
  • Where do you get your information?
    All kinds of sources of information
    Is all the information you get true?
  • Reading / Writing
    Technology Literacy
    At home - Program your VCR or Microwave?
    In the workplace - Copy machines, fax machines, Ability to use basic computer software programs, Ability to use the Internet; Ability to use supporting tools; Search engines, File management systems
    Computer Literacy
    You will be taking a whole class on computer literacy but basically Computer Literacy is having a basic understanding of how a computer works and how it can be used to complete a task.
    These are the competencies a computer literate individual should possess: Hardware, Software, Internet, Multimedia, File Management, Security
    Media Literacy
    Media literacy involves being able to use and communicate in a variety of formats; Audio resources, Visual resources, Graphic resources, Web-based resources, Interactive resources
    Includes the ability to use, analyze, evaluate and produce material in a variety of formats
    Understand the advantages and disadvantages of each type of media
    One component of media literacy is visual literacy; Understand what an image means
    Library literacy is
    understanding what resources are available in both traditional and virtual libraries
    Knowing how to find them and
    Knowing how to use them
    These are different types of materials you will find in both traditional and the virtual libraries; Books and periodicals, Databases and directories, Catalogs and indexes, Media resources, Reference materials
    Information Literacy
  • This is the recognized definition of Information Literacy as per the American Library Association
    Many components
    Recognize
    Locate
    Evaluate
    Use
    and we will be taking them each in turn
  • Problems that may occur if we are information illiterate
  • Biased: Advocates specific point of view. A slanted opinion.
  • Show Shift Happens Video
    Comments?
    Pass out Workplace Requirements handout: Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (Skills needed in the workplace)
    Comments
    Page 8: SCANS Report Handout
  • The 5 steps in Information Literacy
    Page 9: Handout
  • Define
    Know you need to know: What is it that you are looking for?
    Define what you need to know (Articulate – elaborate – understand)
    Find
    Know where, what and how to find the information you need
    Evaluate
    Determine how good what you find is (we will be going into more depth on these criteria when we reach the evaluation segment but for now…)
    Credibility - the trustworthiness (credentials, education, experience, etc.) of an author
    Currency – is the information or the sources of the author’s information outdated
    Reliability – the information is consistent and dependable
    Validity - information is valid if it represents the world as it really is
    Appropriateness – information is suitable for what you need it for – research paper vs. quick answer
  • Organize the information
    Even if you find information you still need to compile the information so it can be appropriately used – otherwise it is just random data that means nothing
    Communicate
    Information is useless unless it is conveyed to those who need it
    Ethics - the study of values - good and bad, right and wrong
    Channels
    Verbally
    Written
    Electronically
    Others???
  • Field of Research (Your Program):_______________________________
     
    General Topic:_______________________________________________
     
    Specific Focus:_______________________________________________
     
    Aspects:____________________________________________________
     
    Narrowed Research Question:______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
     
  • Information Literacy Session 1a

    1. 1. Information Literacy Session One We're adding information to our understanding of English and writing! In this session of the class we will be learning and practicing information literacy and research skills that will aid you in your writing process and in building your writing skills.
    2. 2. Instructor Introduction • Sarah Moore, LRC Assistant • BA in Communication with an emphasis in Print Media • Feel free to contact me any time during the course!
    3. 3. Class Introduction • We will meet eight times for 1 hour each • The sessions build on each other • Therefore, attendance is necessary • You, as the student, are responsible for making up any missed lessons or assignments • Utilize each other!
    4. 4. Homework Assignment • Each homework assignment is part of, and works toward, the final project • You can’t afford to miss a step • Late work is docked points • Grading scale is provided so YOU can keep track of what you earn
    5. 5. Information Literacy • Why is this in Introduction to Writing? • What exactly is Information literacy?
    6. 6. Information • What is information? – knowledge gained through study, communication, research, instruction, etc.; factual data – knowledge communicated or received concerning a particular fact or circumstance; news • What is knowledge? – facts, truths, or principles, from study, observation or investigation that are stored in some external place (books, the internet, etc.)
    7. 7. Information • Where do we get information? – World Wide Web – Radio – Television – Magazines – Newspapers – Books – People
    8. 8. Literacy • What is literacy? – having knowledge or skill in a specified field • Reading / writing • Technology • Computers • Media • Library • Information
    9. 9. Information Literacy • What is information literacy? – An information literate individual is “able to recognize when information is needed and has the ability to locate, evaluate, and use the information effectively.” • The American Library Association
    10. 10. Information Literacy • Problems of information illiteracy – Asking wrong questions (and getting wrong answers) – Using limited or inappropriate sources of information – Using inaccurate or misleading information – Accessing outdated information – Finding incomplete information … more
    11. 11. Information Literacy • Problems of Information Illiteracy – Being inefficient on research and wasting time – Being disorganized – Ineffectively communicating the information – Using biased resources – Ineffectively understanding or evaluating the information
    12. 12. Lifelong Learning Skill • Ultimately, information literate people are those who have learned how to learn. They know how to learn because they know how knowledge is organized, how to find information, and how to use information in such a way that others can learn from them. They are people prepared for lifelong learning, because they can always find the information needed for any task or decision at hand.
    13. 13. Information Literacy • Did You Know? • Workplace requirements of employees – (SCANS report)
    14. 14. Information Literacy Overview
    15. 15. Information Literacy Overview • Define: Define the need, problem, or question. • Find: Locate, access, and retrieve the information from a variety of print, electronic, and human information sources. • Evaluate: Evaluate the credibility, currency, reliability, validity, and appropriateness of the information retrieved.
    16. 16. Information Literacy Overview • Organize: Organize the information so that it can be used to meet the information need, solve the problem, or answer the question. • Communicate: Communicate the information legally and ethically using a variety of channels and to a range of audiences.
    17. 17. Information is knowledge that is: A. Read in a written form B. Based on an opinion C. Gained and communicated D. Discovered and broadcast CommandButton1
    18. 18. Where can we get information? A. People B. Television C. Internet D. All of the above CommandButton1
    19. 19. What is the definition of literacy? A. Being able to read B. Being able to understand what you read C. Having knowledge or skill in a specified field D. Having a diploma or degree in a specified field CommandButton1
    20. 20. Which of these is NOT a benefits of information literacy: A. Being organized B. Finding outdated information C. Finding many appropriate sources of information D. Saving time CommandButton1
    21. 21. Which one of these is a workplace requirement, according to the SCANS report: A. Using computers to process information B. Programming a microwave C. Being artistic D. Having an outgoing personality CommandButton1
    22. 22. Homework for this Session • Choose a Topic – Related to your program of study or future career field. – Begin thinking of a question you can ask about it. • Visit Credo Reference (in LIRN) to find one article about your topic. • Read first 11 pages of packet • Due next Session!
    23. 23. Class Website • http://sites.google.com/site/mooreinfor mationliteracy – See class information online, including calendar of due dates – Get updates and announcements – Make up work for missed classes – Download class handouts and PowerPoints
    24. 24. Topic Ideas • Business: lii.org/pub/topic/busfinjobs • CJ: www.ncjrs.gov/viewall.html • ECE: www.nwrel.org/comm/topics/ece.html • Medical: www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ healthtopics.html • Networking: www.networktutorials.info/tutorials.html • Paralegal: http://wilawlibrary.gov/topics/ witopicindex.html

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