After LILAC and eLit - Umbrella 2005


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Debbi Boden, Jane Secker and Ruth Stubbings on behalf of the CILIP CSG Information Literacy Group discuss Information Literacy - terminology, who should teach individuals to be information literate, the role of all library sectors in this area at Umbrella 2005.

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  • Lesson no 1 – have fun Lesson no 2 – always keep a bottle of prozac and a hip flask in your pocket
  • Terminology should not matter, but does seem to .  It was agreed that librarians need a term, a hook, but have we found the right one yet?  Need a term that encompasses all library and educational sectors e.g. public, school, higher education.  What could it be?
  • Adult Education Community workers play a role in supporting the development of IL.   Public libraries Would not use the term IL, but they do help enhance readers Il skills, undertaken on a needs basis. Could be seen to merge with reader development. Pointed out that not all librarians and readers have a positive attitude towards education therefore terminology used is important. Informal learning development.   Health Libraries Very widespread: HE, charities, trade unions, partnerships with health librarians, the public, NVQs, charities & training the trainers
  • How can IL be embedded into life long learning?  Digitally advantaged IL needs to be promoted to all in educational institutions IL should be linked to educational issues such as recruitment, retention and progression   think of IL from student point of view “we can help you obtain a 2:1” In public libraries IL can be linked to citizenship and the “Framework for the future” / disadvantagedNeed to influence policy makers – how can this be done? Ireland is going to have a national policy (is this correct?) Scotland is about to petition parliament In the UK there is the e-learning framework In US several educational institutions have a policy or framework relating to IL, but have they been successful in embedding IL into curriculum? We are currently teaching future policy makers and therefore we should influence them now by providing good quality teaching that enables them to transfer their experiences
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  • Jane Need to start with the teaching profession ensure they understand what IL is, even if they call it something else In HE sector means staff development for academic staff More widely means IL for teachers Need hooks to get in: plagiarism, e-learning, Google
  • Ruth to add more?
  • Ruth? Objective To provide an overview of the current situation of IL service provision, examples of good practice and a strategic vision for the future Audience aimed at senior policy makers, politicians and “movers and shakers”   Content To include broad spectrum of IL related topics such as media literacy   Outcomes   To set the agenda and priorities for next three years and influence the new government. To join up IL from within the broader spectrum.
  • After LILAC and eLit - Umbrella 2005

    1. 1. Lessons learnt from Lilac: and then from eLit Debbi Boden, Dr Jane Secker & Ruth Stubbings CILIP Umbrella 2005
    2. 2. Themes Terminology Knowledge pool Sectoral differences Political / social agenda LILAC meets eLit Are we making the right assumptions? The importance of collaboration Where do we go from here?
    3. 3. Terminology Does it matter? • IL, I-skills, information skills, user education What attracts one type of person repels another New term? • Critical thinking (US) • Evidence based / problem solving.
    4. 4. Knowledge pool Are librarians teachers? • Pedagogy • Creating online courses Where do librarians gain teaching skills? • Library / information courses? • Staff development o Budgets What expertise can librarians bring? • Technical knowledge o Standard Microsoft office, HTML • Critical thinking, problem solving and evaluation skills • Experts in plagiarism
    5. 5. Sectoral differences Information Literacy - is it just FE & HE sectors? • Does it mean the same thing in different sectors? • Is it important in every sector? Fragmentation between sectors • how to we join it all up?
    6. 6. Political / social agenda Information literacy can help: • Life long learning • Social inclusion There is a need for an IL strategy that crosses sectors - DfES e-strategy may help here Need to influence policy makers – how can this be done?
    7. 7. When LILAC met eLit: lessons from the education community Information literacy is one of several literacies in the digital world This is an issue that concerns the education sector as a whole Collaboration is vital Without information literacy you can’t have lifelong learning
    8. 8. Are we making the wrong assumptions? Wilder’s challenge to librarians that information literacy is not the solution • Mini-librarians? • Don’t fight Google, work with it • Design better library systems Wilder made us think and reflection is important
    9. 9. Collaboration in education is the key Need to start with the teaching profession Ensure they understand what IL is, even if they call it something else • Embed IL into staff development for academic staff in HE and teachers in schools Need hooks to get in: plagiarism, e-learning, Google
    10. 10. What lessons have we learnt? Information literacy matters as it • Enhances access to information • Information leads to knowledge Therefore Information literacy • Is an issue for the whole library profession • Is a wider social issue in the digital age • Is a global issue
    11. 11. Where do we go from here? Collaboration across Library communities • CILIP, SCONUL, Cilip SIGs, SLA etc Collaboration across sectors • Joint CILIP / Aslib / Ofcom / DCMS / MLA / BL / BC horizon scanning conference Independent IL web site Proposal for an international Institute for Information Literacy: in the UK LILAC 2006