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Gathering skills for life, not skills
for school
LILAC Conference
March 31, 2009
Anu Miettinen, Krista Auvinen
Vantaa City...
Actors
 Vaskivuori Upper Secondary School
 An Upper Secondary School providing students
with a possibility to specialize...
How it all began
 Vaskivuori Upper Secondary school got rid of
their own school library collection during a
renovation
 ...
Information Literacy Education
 All 1st year students attend two separate IL
session
 The first session is a 75 minute l...
Our mission
 To provide students with a better
understanding of information sources.
 To provide students with a strong ...
What we do not teach
 Basic library usage
 Classification system
 The library OPAC in detail
 IL merely as a library o...
Have we had an impact
 According to the teachers, students with an
exposure to IL education have shown a
wider variety of...
Changes implemented
 Stemming from feedback gained from
students and teachers, the focus of the
lecture was changed.
 In...
Challenges
 The Google generation has a strong belief of
their information seeking skills.
 Thus some feel that they hav...
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Gathering skills for life, not skills for schools - an example of providing information literacy education for upper secondary school students. Miettinen & Auvinen

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Gathering skills for life, not skills for schools - an example of providing information literacy education for upper secondary school students. Miettinen & Auvinen

  1. 1. Gathering skills for life, not skills for school LILAC Conference March 31, 2009 Anu Miettinen, Krista Auvinen Vantaa City Library, Finland
  2. 2. Actors  Vaskivuori Upper Secondary School  An Upper Secondary School providing students with a possibility to specialize in music, dance or media.  Myyrmäki Branch of Vantaa City Library  The second largest branch of Vantaa City Library with around 1 500 – 2 000 daily visits.
  3. 3. How it all began  Vaskivuori Upper Secondary school got rid of their own school library collection during a renovation  They contacted the nearby public library to discuss possible modes of co-operation.  The following areas were identified: IL education to 1st year students, book acquisitions, teacher meeting once a year at the library.
  4. 4. Information Literacy Education  All 1st year students attend two separate IL session  The first session is a 75 minute lecture about the process of information retrieval with a heavy emphasis on intellectual property rights.  The second session is a 75 minute workshop where the topics revolve around real-life presentation topics.
  5. 5. Our mission  To provide students with a better understanding of information sources.  To provide students with a strong sense of ethical behaviour and copyright issues.  To help students develop their critical information literacy.
  6. 6. What we do not teach  Basic library usage  Classification system  The library OPAC in detail  IL merely as a library or a school thing – all of these skills are life skills!
  7. 7. Have we had an impact  According to the teachers, students with an exposure to IL education have shown a wider variety of sources used.  Students have appreciated being exposed to copyright issues and to having to think about what is ethical information behaviour.
  8. 8. Changes implemented  Stemming from feedback gained from students and teachers, the focus of the lecture was changed.  Instead of trying to go through the entire process of information retrieval, we will provide a 60 minute lecture on copyright issues and plagiarism.
  9. 9. Challenges  The Google generation has a strong belief of their information seeking skills.  Thus some feel that they have nothing to learn from us.  Eventhough the workshops are closely knit to subjects taught at school, the lecture has yet to find a place in the school’s curriculum.

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