Gathering skills for life, not skills for schools - an example of providing information literacy education for upper secondary school students. Miettinen & Auvinen
Gathering skills for life, not skills
March 31, 2009
Anu Miettinen, Krista Auvinen
Vantaa City Library, Finland
Vaskivuori Upper Secondary School
An Upper Secondary School providing students
with a possibility to specialize in music, dance or
Myyrmäki Branch of Vantaa City Library
The second largest branch of Vantaa City Library
with around 1 500 – 2 000 daily visits.
How it all began
Vaskivuori Upper Secondary school got rid of
their own school library collection during a
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
Information Literacy Education
All 1st year students attend two separate IL
The first session is a 75 minute lecture about
the process of information retrieval with a
heavy emphasis on intellectual property
The second session is a 75 minute workshop
where the topics revolve around real-life
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
What we do not teach
Basic library usage
The library OPAC in detail
IL merely as a library or a school thing – all
of these skills are life skills!
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.
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.
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.