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  1. 1. Information Literacy is for Academics and Vocational success and for Lifelong Learning Jayatunga Amaraweera Visiting Lecturer in LIS University of Kelaniya
  2. 2. <ul><li>Today we live in Information Age </li></ul>IT becomes a part of everyday lives
  3. 3. What is information ? <ul><li>Definition : </li></ul><ul><li>Data presented in readily comprehensible form to which meaning has been attributed within the context of its use. </li></ul><ul><li>In a more dynamic sense, the message conveyed by the use of a medium of communication or expression. </li></ul><ul><li>More concretely, all the facts, conclusions, ideas, and creative works of the human intellect and imagination that have been communicated, formally or informally, in any form. </li></ul><ul><li>(ODLIS – Online Dictionary of library & Information Science) </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>“ Getting information off the Internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant.” </li></ul><ul><li> Mitchell Kapor </li></ul>
  5. 5. What is Information Literacy ?
  6. 6. Information Literacy, which encompasses knowledge of one's information needs and the ability to identify, locate, evaluate, organize and effectively use information to address issues or problems at hand, is a prerequisite for participating effectively in the information society, and is part of the basic human right of life long learning. The Prague Declaration (2003)
  7. 7. <ul><li>The ALA Definition </li></ul><ul><li>Information literacy is a set of abilities that enables an individual to “recognize when information is needed and have the ability to effectively locate, evaluate, and use the needed information.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>American Library Association. Presidential Committee on Information Literacy. Final Report. (Chicago: American Library Association, 1989). </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>“ Information literacy is the ability to locate, evaluate, manage and use information from a range of sources for problem solving, decision making and research.“ </li></ul><ul><li>Bruce, C . and P.C Candy (1995). Developing information literate graduates: prompts for good practice. The Learning Link: information literacy in practice . D. Booker. Adelaide, AUSLIB press: 245-252. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Mastering in Information Literacy (IL) directly and indirectly facilitates promoting : </li></ul><ul><li>Learning to Learn </li></ul><ul><li>Learning to Teach </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching to Learn </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching to Teach </li></ul><ul><li>These processes would lively involve in the modern method of 3P (PPP) system of teaching. </li></ul><ul><li>3P = Participate ; Present; Practice </li></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><li>The Big6 </li></ul><ul><li>Information seeking strategies: Brainstorm all possible sources, select the best sources </li></ul><ul><li>Location and access: Locate sources, Find information within sources </li></ul><ul><li>Task definition: Define the problem, identify the information needed </li></ul><ul><li>Use of information: Engage, extract relevant information </li></ul><ul><li>Synthesis: Organize information, present the result </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation: Judge the result and the process </li></ul><ul><li>[ Eisenberg and Berkowitz (1996 ) ] </li></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>Identify —subject, audience, keywords and plan strategy; </li></ul><ul><li>Explore —resources required, information available; </li></ul><ul><li>Select —relevant information; stages of work, appropriate citations; </li></ul><ul><li>Organize —information earlier selected, between fact, fiction and opinion; </li></ul><ul><li>Create —information in your own words, revise and edit and create bibliography; </li></ul><ul><li>Present —share information with appropriate audience; display in appropriate format; </li></ul><ul><li>Assess —feedback; self-assessment and assessment with teacher; </li></ul><ul><li>Apply —review feedback and apply to next learning activity. </li></ul><ul><li>Prof. Russell Bowden, in his keynote address published in the Proceedings of the Information Skills for Learning: Part II &quot;Empowering-8&quot; International Workshop Sponsored by IFLA ALP, UNESCO-IFAP5 in 2005 </li></ul>Information Literacy - Empowering-8 Model
  12. 13. Why is Information Literacy important? <ul><li>Equips individuals to be self-directed, lifelong learners </li></ul><ul><li>Goes beyond knowing how to use a computer or learning one specific interface </li></ul><ul><li>Highlights the global nature of information </li></ul><ul><li>Includes critical evaluation of information </li></ul><ul><li>Allows for transfer of knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Allows for informed decision making </li></ul>
  13. 14. <ul><li>Information literate person should have: </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to utilize information technology </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge of information sources </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge of information-seeking processes </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to organize and control information </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to use info to develop a new knowledge base </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to use info to extend one’s knowledge base </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to use info wisely for the good of others </li></ul>
  14. 15. Standards or Outcomes
  15. 16. <ul><li>Information Literacy Competency (ILC ) </li></ul><ul><li>focuses on five (05) broad abilities: </li></ul><ul><li>to recognize the need for information </li></ul><ul><li>to know how to access information </li></ul><ul><li>to understand how to evaluate information </li></ul><ul><li>to know how to synthesize information </li></ul><ul><li>to be able to communicate information </li></ul>
  16. 17. an information literate person is one who: recognizes that accurate and complete information is the basis for intelligent decision making; recognizes the need for information; formulates questions based on information needs; identifies potential sources of information; develops successful search strategies;
  17. 18. Contd./ accesses sources of information including computer-based and other technologies; evaluates information; organizes information for practical application; integrates new information into an existing body of knowledge; uses information in critical thinking and problem solving.
  18. 19. What is Lifelong Learning? Lifelong learning is the concept that &quot;It's never too soon or too late for learning“ Wikipedia A lifelong learning framework encompasses learning throughout the life cycle, from birth to grave and in different learning environments, formal, non-formal and informal.   The World Bank Group
  19. 20. Why Lifelong Learning is Essential ? People who are successful Lifelong Learners start with a belief that their participation in lifelong learning is an essential ingredient to living a fulfilled life.
  20. 21. Image by Courosa
  21. 22. <ul><li>learning is a great activity. </li></ul><ul><li>I t expands your viewpoint. </li></ul><ul><li>It gives you new knowledge you can use to improve your life. </li></ul><ul><li>Even if you discount the worldly benefits, the act of learning can be a source of enjoyment </li></ul><ul><li>But in a busy world, it can often be hard to fit in time to learn anything that isn’t essential. </li></ul><ul><li>The only things learned are those that need to be. </li></ul><ul><li>Everything beyond that is considered frivolous. </li></ul><ul><li>Even those who do appreciate the practice of lifelong learning, can find it difficult to make the effort. </li></ul>
  22. 23. Fifteen steps to cultivate Lifelong Learning (LLN) <ul><li>1. Always have a book. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Keep a “To-Learn” List </li></ul><ul><li>3. Get More Intellectual Friends </li></ul><ul><li>4. Guided Thinking </li></ul><ul><li>5 Put it Into Practice </li></ul><ul><li>6. Teach Others </li></ul><ul><li>7. Clean Your Input </li></ul><ul><li>8. Learn in Groups </li></ul>
  23. 24. Contd./ 9. Unlearn Assumptions 10. Find Jobs that Encourage Learning 11. Start a Project 12. Follow Your Intuition 13. The Morning Fifteen 14. Reap the Rewards 15. Make it a Priority [ ]
  24. 25. <ul><li>Benefits of Lifelong Learning for Adults 50-plus </li></ul><ul><li>Keeps your mind sharp * Improves memory </li></ul><ul><li>Increases self-confidence </li></ul><ul><li>Offers an inexpensive way to try something new </li></ul><ul><li>Saves money as you learn to “do it yourself” </li></ul><ul><li>Gives you a feeling of accomplishment </li></ul><ul><li>Helps you meet people who share your interests </li></ul><ul><li>Builds on skills you already have </li></ul><ul><li>Offers an opportunity to learn a new skill or trade </li></ul>
  25. 26. Thank you !!! Now it's time to Practise