Information Literacy in school libraries


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Presentation by Sheila Webber
Information School, University of Sheffield
United Kingdom

Venue: Empatic International Workshop - Schools Sector in Krakow, Poland
Date: 8 June 2011

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Information Literacy in school libraries

  1. 1. Information Literacy in school libraries<br />Sheila Webber<br />Information School, University of Sheffield<br />June 2011<br />International IL Logo:<br />
  2. 2. Progression of Information Literacy<br />Progression = steady development of IL, year on year<br />Progression through school years<br />Progression within subjects (IL within geography, English etc.)<br />Lifelong learning: progression from early years, and helping transition to college/ university<br />Can be helped by adopting a model or framework for IL<br />
  3. 3. Model/ framework of IL<br />Many models (e.g. Big6, James Herring’s model)<br />Success when adopt clear, easily understood model and make it widely available<br />Model adopted by school<br />Known by teachers and students<br />Used in lessons<br />Visible in classrooms e.g. on wall<br />Which model is chosen: may depend on country/ curriculum/ school<br />
  4. 4. Contextualising IL in school/ national curriculum<br />In UK: national curricula dictate what is taught<br />Williams and Wavell’s research: even teachers interested in IL feel they have no space to teach it<br />Therefore importance of getting IL formally into national curriculum<br />Otherwise: can show how IL supports key elements of the curriculum<br />Example: Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland: Scottish Library and Information Council (2009) Improving libraries for learners.<br />
  5. 5. National frameworks for IL<br />Frameworks for IL through life<br />Scottish IL framework<br />Welsh IL framework<br />Welsh example<br />Involving key government agencies (not just librarians) in core planning<br />Linking framework to national educational framework<br />Developing examples of IL in different contexts to demonstrate value<br />Scottish “case studies” in schools at different age levels<br />Welsh examples including IL helping employability and citizenship etc.<br />
  6. 6. Status of librarian<br />Obviously valuable if law saying that school has to have a librarian ;-)<br />Campaign for librarians not just libraries<br />Being seen as trained professional colleague by teachers<br />Being supported by senior managers in schools (Head Teacher etc.)<br />Being respected by pupils (personal qualities and confidence of librarian + how treated by teachers)<br />
  7. 7. Approaches to teaching<br />Copyright Kevin Sheehan, School Librarian of the Year 2010<br />
  8. 8. Looking @ Practice Finding and using information: Early LevelI listen or watch for useful or interesting information and I use this to make choices to learn new things. LIT 0.04a Information Literacy in Junior (Primary) 1St Margaret’s School, Edinburgh <br />Irving, Christine. (2010) “Begin at the beginning - Information and Critical Literacy in Curriculum for Excellence Early & First Level (Nursery & Primary Schools) “ Presented at the LILAC Conference, Limerick, 29 March 2010.<br />
  9. 9. Critical and digital literacy<br />Creating information<br />Managing online identity<br />Assessing information from web, people, print etc.<br />
  10. 10. Goals<br />Helping people customise IL to national/ school context (rather than attempting to get a model of IL to fit everyone’s needs)<br />Ammunition, examples, support in getting IL into national education strategy and into local school strategy<br />Models of school librarian education, role and status<br />Recommendations/ roles for other stakeholders: parents, government, teachers, public & university libraries<br />Examples of IL in different subjects, levels (age and ability), meeting different learning outcomes; examples using terminology of educators (which can vary between countries)<br />
  11. 11. Web resources<br />James Herring’s blog<br />Scottish IL Project<br />(UK) School Library Association<br />Welsh Information Literacy Project<br />
  12. 12. UK documents<br />Morris, E. (2010) School Libraries: a plan for improvement. Museums, Libraries & Archives Council, and the National Literacy Trust. (Report of an official Commission inquiring into school libraries)<br />School Library Association. (2010) Primary School Library Charter. Swindon: SLA.<br />Scottish Library and Information Council. (2009) Improving Libraries for Learners: supporting learning and meeting needs. Motherwell: SLIC<br />
  13. 13. Sheila Webber <br /><br />Information School, University of Sheffield, UK <br /><br /><br />Twitter and Second Life: Sheila Yoshikawa<br />