Information literacy for the librarians pp


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Networking of Library and Information Centres of North East India in Digital Environment (NLICDE-2011)
(21-23 March 2011)ORGANISED UNDER THE AEGIS OF National Library, Kolkata
Ministry of Culture, Govt. of IndiaByOrganized by
Central Library, National Institute of Technology Silchar

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Information literacy for the librarians pp

  1. 1. Dr. R N Mishra Asst. Prof. (SG) DLIS, MZU [email_address] Information Literacy for the Librarians: Issues and Challenges
  2. 2. Problems on Internet <ul><li>Global platform </li></ul><ul><li>Questions about authenticity, validity, and reliability of information. </li></ul><ul><li>Information through multiple medias, including graphical, acoustic, and textual posed new challenges and threats for user communities </li></ul><ul><li>Intimidation to Information seekers in collecting, organizing, accessing, evaluating and using it for learning, teaching, research </li></ul>
  3. 3. Measures <ul><li>National Forum on Information Literacy was created in 1989 as a response to the recommendations of the American Library Association's Presidential Committee on Information Literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Not concern with other changes in American society than the challenges due to emergence of the Information Age </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Expansion of information </li></ul><ul><li>Tidal wave of information </li></ul><ul><li>Problems in accessing, managing, storing, retrieval </li></ul><ul><li>Solution to these problems is IL </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Information Literacy (IL) in the age of Internet has become essential so as to provide filtered information with authenticity, validity, and reliability. </li></ul><ul><li>Information Literacy (IL) is a pioneer step which is increasingly significant in the contemporary environment of rapid technological changes and innovations with proliferating information resources. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Definitions <ul><li>Ability to know information, need of the information including identification, location for effective used. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is required </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transformational process in which the learner needs to find, understand, evaluate, and use information in various forms to create for personal, social or global purposes. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><ul><li> Libraries undertaking information literacy training must have: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Strong commitment from the institution/ organization; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strong obligation from the library administration; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Proficiency in teaching, technology, and assessment among library staff; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Faculty who will partner with librarians and other information-handling professionals. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IL leads to: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>For enduring learning and it is common to all disciplines, all learning environments, and to all levels of education. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Enabling learners to master content and extends their investigations which become more self-directed, and assumes greater control over their own learning. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8.  Dimensions of IL  Information Fluency – It concerns with capability or mastering of information competencies;  User education – It is a global approach to teach information access to users communities;  Library Instructions – It focuses on library, technical and technological skills;  Bibliographic Instructions – It relates to user training on information search and retrieval;  Information Competencies – It compounds skills and goals of information literacy;  Information skills – It focuses on information abilities; and  Development of information skills – It process for facilitating information skills.
  9. 9. Skills of IL <ul><li>Where the resources are available </li></ul><ul><li>How to find information </li></ul><ul><li>Need to evaluate results </li></ul><ul><li>How to work with or exploit results </li></ul><ul><li>Ethics and responsibility of use </li></ul><ul><li>How to communicate or share your findings </li></ul><ul><li>How to manage the findings. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Information literate in 21 st century can: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognize the need for information ; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Locate the required information ; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Formulate questions based on information needs; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify potential sources of information ; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop successful search strategies; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Access sources of information including computer-based and other technologies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluate information no matter what the source ; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organize information for practical application; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integrate new information into an existing body of knowledge ; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use information in critical thinking and problem solving ; and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use information ethically and legally. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Literacy to Information Literacy: A Paradigm Shift * The pool of knowledge acquired by the Library Scientists in various forms and various sources both Tacit and Explicit forms including on Internet, after scanning and filtration of the same are disseminated to the right user communities at the right time. * User access knowledge in both the ways. The acquisition of knowledge gained momentum with the application of Information Communication Technology (ICTs) and its application have drastically changed the concept of literacy. * Hence, the influence of ICT could lead to information literacy. * In a digital environment, it is going to be an indispensable tool in the hand of information manager i.e. librarians to empower user to get right information at the right time in a right way so that he can apply it for their life long capability building.
  12. 12. Potentiality of Information Literacy <ul><li>Information Technology has brought dynamic changes in the field of acquisition,organization and dissemination of information and it has become a challenging task for the library professionals to disseminate the scanned and filtered information over an ocean of information available on various sources </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>contd.. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Components Leading to IL <ul><li>Information Explosion </li></ul><ul><li>Advent of information and communication technologies (ICTs) </li></ul><ul><li>Divergent and vast varieties of information sources </li></ul><ul><li>Wide dispersal of information </li></ul><ul><li>Birth of new discipline with new demands </li></ul><ul><li>Decreasing information access rate </li></ul><ul><li>Unawares of users </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Lack of information capability building </li></ul><ul><li>Information is power </li></ul><ul><li>Incapability to cope of modern technologies. </li></ul><ul><li>Technological changes </li></ul><ul><li>Participate citizenship </li></ul><ul><li>Social inclusion </li></ul><ul><li>Creation of new knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>User empowerment </li></ul><ul><li>Learning for life. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Dimensions of information literacy : Media Literacy, which is the ability to comprehend and create images in variety of media in order to communicate effectively ; Network Literacy i.e., the ability to proper manage , connect and organize to assess , evaluate and get information in a right way ; Web Literacy relates a subset of information literacy requires the ability to access, search , utilize , communicate and create information on the world wide web (WWW); Digital Literacy which refers an ability to assess , collect , organize , evaluate and use of digital resources and services in a effective way; Scientific Literacy : It is the knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts and processes required for personal decision making, participation in civic and cultural affairs, and economic productivity. It also includes specific types of abilities. In the National Science Education Standards, the content standards define scientific literacy Visual Literacy: It is the ability to understand and use images. This includes thinking, learning, and expressing oneself in terms of image. Photographs, cartoons, line drawings, diagrams, concept maps, and other visual representations are all important in visual literacy ; and Critical literacy i.e., the ability to evaluate critically the human, intellectual and social strengths, limits, benefits and costs of IT.
  16. 16. Schematic view of dimensions of Information Literacy
  17. 17. SEGMENTS OF IL Information Literacy Student Skills and Strategies Student outcome Curriculum and Teaching Design A problem-solving process requires exploring and questioning, defining an information need , creating a plan to locate relevant information, reading, the medium, synthesizing information to create knowledge, applying insight to personal, social or global contexts to create wisdom, self-evaluating the process and the product The student uses habits of mind:  It recognizes problems, formulates hypotheses, make good predictions, asks important questions, locates, analyzes, interprets, evaluates and records information and ideas, assume multiple stances, apply heuristic strategies, develop complex understanding, extend understanding through creative models, apply understanding to new problems The student is a learner, independent , Disciplined, painful self-motivated , met cognitive, flexible adventurous The learning design provides authentic contexts, simulations, real applications and problems, reiterative opportunities for unique performances, ongoing assessments, longitudinal rubrics, integration of information literacy, creative roles for teachers, collegiality culture of innovation
  18. 18. Role of librarian <ul><li>Due to technological impediments the Librarians require sound knowledge in collection, organization of knowledge and disseminate information according to the demands of the user; </li></ul><ul><li>A technically qualified with sound knowledge over the technologies the Librarian with innovative mind in the need of the hour make information literacy successful all the way; </li></ul><ul><li>So it is indeed an opportune time for librarians to establish themselves as leaders in preparing students for the information age, helping user to find new and improved methods of teaching curriculum construction and they become a leader , educator and trainer in the arena of the information globalization. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Schematic view of role of Information Literacy Librarian Laboratory Teaching Knowledge Manager Leadership Communication Capability Building Life - Long Learning Resource Evaluation Literacy Planning Online Reference User Orientation Search Strategy User Awareness Programme Advocacy Collaborative Teaching Curriculum Construction Faculty – Librarian Collaboration INFORMATION LITERACY LIBRARIAN
  20. 20. Conclusion <ul><li>Information Literacy is indeed an indispensable concept for the user empowerment in 21st century. </li></ul><ul><li>Helps to empower the user but also act as life long learning for capability building of human being. </li></ul><ul><li>Lies at the core of lifelong learning. Its empowers people in all walks of life to seek, evaluate , use and create information effectively to achieve their personal, social, occupational and educational goals. It is a basic human right in a digital world and promotes social inclusion of all nations. </li></ul><ul><li>Information literacy is required because of proliferating information access and resources. </li></ul>
  21. 21. THANK YOU