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Com Info Sprt Paper Pp4

  1. 1. Information Support: a Community Partnership - The Missing Link
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Information Literacy – the bridge </li></ul><ul><li>New Zealand perspective </li></ul><ul><li>Distinct bicultural character </li></ul><ul><li>Main issues – information and support </li></ul>
  3. 3. Rotorua <ul><li>Population 67,000 - 35% (14.7%) Māori </li></ul><ul><li>Māori - lower educational and economic profile </li></ul><ul><li>NGOs & Iwi - addressing educational and related issues </li></ul>
  4. 4. Whare Takiura/Waiariki Institute of Technology <ul><li>Pepeha (proverb) about boundaries of Waiariki region </li></ul><ul><li>“ Mai I Maketu ki Tongariro, Mai Nga Kuri A Wharei ki Tihirau, me Te Kaokaoroa O Patetere” </li></ul><ul><li>“ From Maketu to Tongariro, from Katikati to Whanagaparaoa, and beyond the Mamaku ranges to Tokoroa” </li></ul>
  5. 5. Waiariki Institute of Technology <ul><li>Main Campus at Mokoia, Rotorua </li></ul><ul><li>Satellite Campuses at Whakatane, Tokoroa and Taupo </li></ul>
  6. 6. NZ Polytechnics/Institutes of Technology <ul><li>Mostly vocational programmes, but growing number of degree level courses </li></ul>
  7. 7. Courses offered by Waiariki <ul><li>Tourism & Travel </li></ul><ul><li>Education & Teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Forestry & Wood processing </li></ul><ul><li>Māori Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Visual Arts </li></ul><ul><li>Business & Management Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Computing </li></ul><ul><li>Nursing & Health </li></ul><ul><li>Engineering </li></ul>
  8. 8. Waiariki Student Learning Centre <ul><li>Library and Learning Resource Centre - Te Rutoi-A-Tini [Place of many learning(s)] Malcolm Murchie Library </li></ul><ul><li>Student focused environment </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching and learning facilities under one roof </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Library </li></ul><ul><li>Open Access room </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting room </li></ul><ul><li>Video Viewing rooms </li></ul><ul><li>Interview/study rooms </li></ul><ul><li>Classrooms </li></ul>
  9. 9. Waiariki and the Community: institutional perspective <ul><li>Waiariki is about people and lifelong development </li></ul><ul><li>S tudent population – 45% Māori – language and culture have an impact on Waiariki </li></ul><ul><li>No institution can operate effectively in isolation from its community </li></ul><ul><li>Close liaison with community groups and industry </li></ul><ul><li>C ooperative ventures with tertiary providers and secondary schools </li></ul>
  10. 10. Biculturalism at Waiariki <ul><li>Unique relationship between Māori and Pakeha as set out in Treaty </li></ul><ul><li>Acknowledges the status of Māori as the Tangata Whenua </li></ul><ul><li>Stated commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi </li></ul><ul><li>Directorate of Māori Development Unit established in October 1996 </li></ul>
  11. 11. Biculturalism in the Library <ul><li>Written Tangata Whenua Policy </li></ul><ul><li>Created a partnership position </li></ul><ul><li>High ratio of Māori and Pacific Islander staff members </li></ul>
  12. 12. Information Literacy (IL) <ul><li>To realise when information is needed and know how to locate, evaluate, and effectively use it ethically </li></ul>
  13. 13. Information Age <ul><li>“ The illiterate of today is not the person that cannot read or write, but someone who has not learned how to learn” (Toffler, 1970) </li></ul><ul><li>Humankind’s knowledge doubled from 1750 –1990 </li></ul><ul><li>Doubled again from 1900 –1950 </li></ul><ul><li>Doubled every five years since then </li></ul><ul><li>By 2020 it will double every 73 days </li></ul>
  14. 14. Information Literacy for the Information Age <ul><li>Information Age requires that literacy be expanded to include information literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Individuals are becoming less reliant on librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Librarians will act as navigators </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis is teaching users to be self-sufficient </li></ul><ul><li>“… librarians are no more an endangered species, but an essential commodity” </li></ul><ul><li>Best when offered by librarians in partnership with teachers </li></ul>
  15. 15. Information Literacy at Waiariki <ul><li>All students are taught IL </li></ul><ul><li>Proactively introduce IL to the wider community </li></ul><ul><li>61% of students are second chance learners </li></ul><ul><li>Accessing information has not been part of their experiences </li></ul><ul><li>IL would empowering future students and promote the institution </li></ul>
  16. 16. Information Literacy Course <ul><li>Six modules: </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction to library and resources </li></ul><ul><li>Locating resources in the library - traditional and electronic </li></ul><ul><li>Internet basics </li></ul><ul><li>Full text databases </li></ul><ul><li>Resource evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Information Ethics </li></ul>
  17. 17. Free Computer courses <ul><li>Free basic computer courses after hours on and off campus </li></ul><ul><li>Basic computer skills and IT confidence </li></ul><ul><li>Logical step to Information Literacy skills </li></ul>
  18. 18. Community Organizations <ul><li>Many target Māori - the socio-economic profile requiring redress or support </li></ul><ul><li>Very few community education programmes have formal IL training </li></ul><ul><li>Quality could be compromised - life long education </li></ul>
  19. 19. Digital divide <ul><li>Report Four to Minister of Māori Affairs, - importance of ICT to close gaps between Māori and non-Māori, but no specific attention is given to integration of IL </li></ul><ul><li>LIANZA/Te Rōpū Whakahau recommendation to the National Information Strategy - digital divide and very specific Māori information needs must be addressed </li></ul>
  20. 20. Rūnanga - “Places of learning” <ul><li>Often Marae (Meeting house) based with a definite community focus </li></ul><ul><li>Closer links are being forged with one marae </li></ul>
  21. 21. Wānanga <ul><li>Four Wānanga or Māori universities in the region </li></ul><ul><li>Waiariki’s management is establishing areas of cooperation </li></ul><ul><li>Delivery of IL programmes is one such area </li></ul>
  22. 22. Library Community support <ul><li>Members of the public may use the library resources in-house </li></ul><ul><li>Outside Membership available </li></ul>
  23. 23. Areas of success include: <ul><li>Anglican Church’s Wānanga </li></ul><ul><li>Ngati Pikiao </li></ul><ul><li>Rotorua Schools’ Trust </li></ul><ul><li>Public Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>High Schools </li></ul><ul><li>Literacy NZ/Aotearoa </li></ul>
  24. 24. Challenge <ul><li>To promote IL proactively </li></ul><ul><li>Government’s “Knowledge Society” initiative and ICT support would see inclusion of IL as an essential component </li></ul><ul><li>Library profession is lobbying government and creating non-traditional platforms where IL can be delivered   </li></ul>
  25. 25. Cooperation <ul><li>NZ government is actively encouraging cooperation </li></ul><ul><li>Delivery of IL can contribute to cooperation </li></ul>
  26. 26. Benefits <ul><li>Reciprocal benefits for Institution and community </li></ul><ul><li>Tangible results of Institutional goals by the library </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing potential for Waiariki </li></ul><ul><li>Staff development for library staff </li></ul><ul><li>Wider community perspective - sense of support and sharing </li></ul>
  27. 27. Vision <ul><li>Modern library - not collections, systems, technology, staffing, buildings, but actions </li></ul><ul><li>How we translate vision into action will determine our credibility in the community </li></ul><ul><li>Responding to community needs - educational </li></ul><ul><li>Expanding services </li></ul>
  28. 28. Conclusion <ul><li>“ The dawn of the information age is behind us. But don't get too excited: it's still morning, and there's a long way to go before lunch”.---Stephen M. Scheider </li></ul>
  29. 29. THANK YOU

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