Information Literacy sans frontieres
Information Literacy as the key for 21st
The Web 2.0 connection
Towards a mobile future?
“Information Literacy education
is the catalyst required
to transform the information society
of today into the learning society of tomorrow”.
Shall we end up like
Hadrian’s Library in Athens?
The death of librarianship?
“We’re there to guide,
challenge, provide access.
what they don’t
JISC Higher education in a Web 2.0 world
"Information literacies – including searching,
retrieving and critically evaluating information
from a range of appropriate sources and also
attributing it – represent a significant and
growing deficit area.”
It’s a lifelong
At the centre of all the literacies
IT literacy Information literacy
Language literacy Visual literacy
What does it mean to be
What is Information Literacy?
“Information literacy is the adoption of
appropriate information behaviour to
identify through whatever channel or
medium, information well fitted to
information needs, leading to wise and
ethical use of information in society.”
(Sheila Webber and Bill Johnston)
SCONUL Seven Pillars framework
Recognising need for
Locating and accessing
Comparing & evaluating
Synthesising and adding
The phenomenological view of
Find out your users’ changing needs
Get rid of the culture of perfect
Become aware of emerging technologies
Look outside the library world for
applications, opportunities, inspiration
Recent ACRL report
Booth, Char Informing innovation :
tracking student interest in emerging
Library technologies at Ohio University.
4.1 billion mobile subscriptions in the world by end of 2008
That’s 61.1% of the global population.
23% of 6.7 billion use the internet
By end of 2008 335m mobile broadband subscribers.
14% in developed world, and 1% in developing world.
Handhelds for reference services at Penn
Emily Rimland Penn State University
Used Sony Viai UX-490, OQO, Futitsu Lifebook and
Using Neo Reader which is free on the iPhone.
1. Scan the QR Code
2. Accept the image taken
3. Neo Reader automatically delivers an action. In this case to open my Flickr stream.
Into the future
Librarians have a dynamic part to play in
student learning, through assisting in
information literacy development
We must work strategically with academic staff
to embed these information literacy
We should encourage a joined-up approach to
IL from schools through HE into lifelong
We have a raft of Web 2.0 tools to help with
Try out Web 2.0 tools and use them
where they work
Continous Personal Development
The new Open University CPD
Key to knowledge
Being where they
Books, e-books Community and
The New Librarian?
“Our interventions should
be constructive, active,
asking questions – we
are there to sharpen the
calibre of their
Librarians go wild