Information Literacy Meets Web 2.0


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Information Literacy Meets Web 2.0

  1. 1. Information Literacy meets Web 2.0 : good news for Business Librarians? 28 June 2007 Peter Godwin University of Bedfordshire
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  3. 3. Information Literacy meets Web 2.0 : good news for Business Librarians?  Information Literacy and the educational background  Web generation  What is Web 2.0 anyway?  Business and Web 2.0  What it means for us  Good news for Business Librarians?
  4. 4. Higher Education Technological change Information Literacy Competition Population change Student expectations Learning & teaching methods Funding Web generation Lifelong learning Innovation Branding
  5. 5. Information Literacy Information literacy is knowing when and why you need information, where to find it, and how to evaluate, use and communicate it in an ethical manner. CILIP definition, 2004
  6. 6. SCONUL Seven Pillars framework
  7. 7. SCONUL 7 Pillars  Recognising need for information  Distinguishing sources and access  Constructing search strategies  Locating and accessing  Comparing & evaluating  Organising, applying and communicating  Synthesising and adding new knowledge
  8. 8. Our buildings and services say “I am to be admired, not used!” We have to let them carve out their own information landscapes
  9. 9. photo by laurego “The librarian as information priest is as dead as Elvis.” (George M.Needham at ALA Conference 25/6/07)
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  11. 11. How do we react?  Teach Google and Google Scholar as legitimate sources where appropriate  Watch and recommend Google Print as a source of full text  Find the ideal metasearch engine…..  Become Information Gurus and recommend other search engines as alternatives
  12. 12. But there’s more……  Web 2.0 /
  13. 13. What is Web 2.0 ? RSS feeds Wikis Blogs Mashups Podcasting Tagging Vodcasting flickr MySpace YouTube Instant messaging
  14. 14. What has Web 2.0 to do with Business?
  15. 15.  “Markets are conversations”  Business needs to listen and use these communications  Therefore blog  General Motors use them and say it gives direct line of communication with buyers  “If you want to lead, blog” Jonathan Schwartz COO/President of Sun Microsystems, Harvard Business Review Nov 2005
  16. 16. “Hyperlinks subvert hierarchy. The Net will wear away institutions that have forgotten how to sound human and how to engage in conversation” (Pew Internet & American Life Project 2006)
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  18. 18. Blogs  Personal distraction  Archives of advice  Collective wisdom  Changing community dynamics
  19. 19. RSS  S creenshot of RSS in plain English
  20. 20. Wikipedia
  21. 21. Social networks and MySpace
  22. 22. Social bookmarking
  23. 23. Tagging and Folksonomies
  24. 24. Flickr  /
  25. 25. YouTube
  26. 26. Mashup  A website or web application which uses content from more than one source to create a completely new service
  27. 27. Instant messaging  Communication using text in real-time between two persons e.g. via web
  28. 28. Custom search
  29. 29. This is an opportunity…  Let’s join in and engage the Net generation where they are  Web 2.0 makes it easier for us to make our sites and materials more visual and attractive  We can foster deep and active learning methods and peer-based learning
  30. 30. New understandings What it means for us New skills New ways of working FUN!
  31. 31. Five Weeks to a Social Library ibrarianmer/332015283/ Meredith Farkas
  32. 32. Library Instruction Wiki Library 2.0 in 15 Minutes a Day
  33. 33. Why is this important for engaging Business students? How will our Information Literacy teaching be affected?
  34. 34. Teaching in the Age of the Amateurs  More awareness of how information is created  Better screen literacy and a sense of context  Doing search strategies and keywords in an ocean of information  Be a detective, always sceptical and able to think critically, evaluating, reflecting and synthesising  Using material ethically
  35. 35. Blogs  The “blogosphere” is  Need to teach best sources for becoming like a global searching blogs brain and is a vital part of e.g.Google Blog Search online culture  Blogs are current and a valid information source to  Need to teach how to evaluate get views and insights a blog about a subject e.g. Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators Critical Evaluation Surveys & Resources
  36. 36. Blogs  Blogs help writing skills, encourage community and reflection, and aid deep learning  Can be used in our teaching and could collect student content into the teacher’s aggregator  Blogger or Blackboard?
  37. 37. RSS  RSS feeds allow researchers to subscribe to regular content from news services and relevant content from databases
  38. 38. Wikis  Use Wikipedia as a  Wikis encourage group legitimate starting point work and peer review measured against other  Which software to use - reference sources, Moodle, PBWiki, or understanding its Blackboard? strengths and weaknesses
  39. 39. Podcasts  Teach ways of searching  Use to deliver tours, or for podcasts e.g.Yahoo specific information,  Can use iTunes, which allows users to jump around chapters  Useful for academics and librarians who have wonderful voices!  Allows students to time-shift  Can be used in a car, while jogging….anywhere
  40. 40. as a research tool  helps students to organise what they find and bookmark easily, accessible anywhere…  assists referencing  encourages them to tag, which is central to the linking of ideas, and aids sharing of resources.
  41. 41. Tagging  Tagging as part of critical thinking, making links which involve evaluation, categorising, and formulating keywords.  Assisting an understanding of subject headings and summarising a topic  Tagging of catalogue items. E.g. University of Pennsylvania PennTags
  42. 42. LibraryThing  LibraryThing could encourage reading and sharing of favourites
  43. 43. YouTube  Create our own YouTube and iTunes videos for promotional programmes and tutorials  Use YouTube material in our teaching to trigger discussion
  44. 44. Instant messaging
  45. 45. Flickr  Flickr for storage of our photos and for presentations
  46. 46. Second Life
  47. 47. Remember “Information literacy increasingly should not be considered a given….the information literacy skills of new students are not improving as the post-1993 Internet boomlet enters college….in a sea of user- created content, collaborative work, and instant access to information of varying quality, the skills of critical thinking, research, and evaluation are increasingly required to make sense of the world” Horizon report, 2007
  48. 48. The Web 2.0 challenge to Information Literacy  The needs of the Google We must generation, reinforced by the  Spend more time teaching developing Web 2.0 how information is created information environment, are and communicated. increasing the importance of  Help to develop a sense of Information Literacy. context.  Encourage scepticism and  We should trial Web 2.0 ability to evaluate. tools to help us to connect  Guide toward assimilation, with this generation. deep thinking, reflection.  Remember the software can  Ethical use of material. be like a free kitten!
  49. 49.  We can play a key role in creating information literate citizens  We are ideally placed to investigate and use Web 2.0 tools to encourage reflective learning  We have a whole new set of tools to enliven our delivery! Canlosa flickr
  50. 50. And finally It’s a world of perpetual beta so let’s experiment! Using these tools we need only be constrained by our imagination to engage our users as never before!
  51. 51.  Web 2.0 cartoons from  Photos from flickr and Microsoft Clip Art