The Seven Pillars of Information Literacy: research lens


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An introduction to the new SCONUL 7 pillars model of information literacy, 2011

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The Seven Pillars of Information Literacy: research lens

  1. 1. The Seven Pillars of Information Literacy : research lens Moira Bent Robinson Library I’m doing cutting edge research into bamboo You need to make sure you’re information literate then
  2. 2. <ul><li>IL encompasses </li></ul><ul><li>Digital literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Media literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Visual literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Information handling & skills </li></ul><ul><li>Academic literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Data curation </li></ul><ul><li>Data management </li></ul><ul><li>Not only </li></ul><ul><li>Skills and competencies </li></ul><ul><li>But also </li></ul><ul><li>Attitudes and behaviours </li></ul>Isn’t information literacy just for librarians?
  3. 3. An information literate person will demonstrate an awareness of how they use, manage, synthesise and create information and data, in an ethical manner, together with the information skills to do so effectively. Information literacy is central to learning and essentially involves developing skills and competencies and changing learning attitudes, habits and behaviours so that people understand how information and data fit into their learning.
  4. 4. This is too complicated, surely all researchers know what to do….
  5. 5. T The Information Landscape The 7 Pillars model can be helpful
  6. 6. The 7 pillars of Information Literacy
  7. 7. Yes, I can see the whole landscape from up here, but how will that help me?
  8. 8. The Information Literacy Landscape
  9. 9. Ooh, this looks like a pillar! How does it work?
  10. 10. Pillar 6: Manage <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>“ A researcher can organise information and data and apply the knowledge gained” </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>The researcher understands: </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Their responsibility to act with professional integrity and to be honest in all aspects of research, especially information handling and dissemination (e.g. copyright, plagiarism and IP issues) </li></ul><ul><li>The role they play in helping others in information seeking and management </li></ul><ul><li>The need to keep systematic records, for example of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>search strategies and resources searched </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>resources found & resources used </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>research data & methodologies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The importance of sharing research data ethically without breaching data protection and informed consent of individuals </li></ul><ul><li>The need to archive research data ethically </li></ul><ul><li>The importance of metadata </li></ul>
  11. 11. Pillar 6: Manage <ul><li>The researcher is able to : </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Use the information and data found to address the research question </li></ul><ul><li>Use appropriate bibliographical software to manage information </li></ul><ul><li>Cite printed and electronic sources using suitable referencing styles </li></ul><ul><li>Create appropriately formatted bibliographies </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate awareness of issues relating to the rights of other researchers and research participants, including ethics, data protection, copyright, plagiarism and IP issues </li></ul><ul><li>Set standards of conduct for academic integrity </li></ul><ul><li>Identify data curation opportunities to ensure that research data is ethically stored for re-use in other projects </li></ul><ul><li>Use data management software to manage and curate research data </li></ul>
  12. 12. Right, sorted, I’m off to the pub! Eh? RDF?
  13. 13. Researcher Development Framework <ul><li>RDF recognises the importance and place of information literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Several competencies in the RDF are explicitly relevant, notably: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Information seeking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information literacy and management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Synthesising </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluating </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IPR/copyright </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attribution/co-authorship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Publication </li></ul></ul>