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Information literacy, e learning and the changing role of the librarian


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A lecture given at University of Sheffield iSchool on 1st March 2012.

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Information literacy, e learning and the changing role of the librarian

  1. 1. Information literacy, e-learning and the changing role of the librarian DR JANE SECKER LSE CENTRE FOR LEARNING TECHNOLOGY University of Sheffield, i School guest lecture 1st March 2011
  2. 2. Overview About me Information literacy and librarians Librarians and e-learning Future trends to watch Ways to keep up to date
  3. 3. My role Copyright and Digital Literacy Advisor at LSE Based in Centre for Learning Technology Work closely with colleagues in Library Advise staff about copyright and e-learning Run a programme of training for staff and PhD students: digital literacy Involved in information literacy initiatives for students: courses, online support
  4. 4. How did I get here? My background: librarian and e-learning specialist, PhD in information science / history Worked in academic, government, museum libraries for the past 12 years Involved in many research projects: JISC, HEA Publications and conferences Regularly use Twitter (@jsecker) Maintain a few blogs!
  5. 5. What else? Professional involvement: CILIP Information Literacy Group, LILAC Conference Chair of Heron User Group Former Chair of ALISS Completed LSE’s PGCert in Teaching in Higher Education – HEA Fellow Now teach on LSE’s PGCert Arcadia Fellow at Wolfson College Cambridge, 2011
  6. 6. Information literacy and the librarian What does information literacy mean to you? Is it a library issue? Is an issue for all libraries or just academic libraries? How does it translate into what you might do as a librarian? Teaching? Is it a new term for something we have always done?
  7. 7. What do we mean byinformation literacy? “Digital fluency”
  8. 8. “Information literacy empowers people in all walks of life to seek, evaluate, use and create information effectively to achieve theirpersonal, social, occupational and educational goals. “It is a basic human right in a digital world and promotes social inclusion in all nations.” UNESCO (2005) Alexandria Proclamation
  9. 9. A New Curriculum for Information Literacy Recently completed research on developing a curriculum for information for undergraduates of the future – expert consultation / lit review Different to SCONUL 7 pillars and ACRL Standards – it’s a curriculum Designed to be flexible, adaptable, modular, embedded into programmes of study Not aimed just a librarians but at all educators Find out more from
  10. 10. ANCIL definition of Information Literacy Information literacy is a continuum of skills, behaviours, approaches and values that is sodeeply entwined with the uses of information as to be a fundamental element of learning, scholarship and research. It is the defining characteristic of the discerning scholar, the informed and judicious citizen, and the autonomous learner.  ANCIL definition of information literacy (2011)
  11. 11. Using the curriculum The strands cover 4 broad learning categories, from functional skills up to high-level intellectual operations Classes can incorporate multiple strands Classes should be active, reflective, relevant to student need You could use the curriculum to audit your own (or your department’s) teaching provision Find out more about Implementing ANCIL from the wiki – includes cases studies from two universities Currently undertakingan audit at LSE using ANCIL
  12. 12. E-learning and libraries E-learning support – librarians and learning technologists working in partnership to offer advice to staff and students Librarians can make use of e-learning for information literacy and other teaching opportunities E-learning offers some unique challenges in terms of copyright and licensing issues that librarians are often best placed to deal with
  13. 13. Does it work in practice? In most institutions e-learning staff and librarians are rarely part of the same team Different cultures and different ways of working E-learning an emerging profession – no standard route into working in the field Professional body – ALT who have special interest groups, organise events and conferences and more recently accredit courses Academic support role means they can be ideal partners to help join up strategically and practically
  14. 14. What are the issues Librarians may not have access to the VLE Librarians will need help and advice designing online courses E-learning staff may not understand copyright and licensing issues Students may not need to visit the Library if they have all their resources provided through a VLE Information literacy needs to be consider when designing an e-learning course
  15. 15. Typical queries related to e-learning I want to include a video from YouTube in my online course – can I do this legally? I have lots of images taken from the website – is it ok to upload them to Moodle / Blackboard? Can I scan a chapter from a book and upload it to Moodle for my students? I downloaded a PDF from a journal – is it ok to share it with students using the VLE Who owns the materials I create when I use the university VLE?
  16. 16. You Tube and copyright You Tube can be problematic as it does sometimes contain material infringing copyright You Tube put responsibility for copyright onto the user but will remove content if it infringes copyright You can link to videos from a VLE or embed the video without infringing copyright Be aware that content could be removed so don’t rely on always being able to access the material Take a look at Teacher Tube or You Tube’s education channel
  17. 17. Images, the internet and e-learning Images are subject to copyright unless the owner has shared them under an open licence e.g. Creative Commons Images are usually copied in their entirety It’s far easier to get people to use licensed image collections or copyright free images that to request copyright permission for images Many photographers will charge fees to reproduce images – its how they make their living! Take your own photos if they are for illustrative purposes
  18. 18. Scanning published works Uploading published content to the VLE could seriously damage the sales of textbooks so publishers have been keen to regulate this activity Scanning from books and journals is only permitted under the CLA Licence or with permission from a publisher The CLA Licence is fairly complex and requires institutions to report all scanned readings annually In some institutions the Library manages a scanning service to ensure quality and compliance
  19. 19. Journal articles and e-learning Many journals are licensed through large databases and terms and conditions will apply In many cases publishers want to collect metrics so will request you link to their material rather than download it and re-distribute it It can be difficult to create stable links to journal articles Staff will find it far easier to download a PDF and use it in the VLE – but you will need a CLA Comprehensive Licence to do this (and to report use)
  20. 20. IPR and e-learning Increasingly universities are formalising their IPR policies and setting out the ownership of teaching materials In many cases there is no difference between paper teaching materials and those added to the VLE Some academics will work in partnership with e- learning colleagues to produce a resource, so institutional ownership is far easier Some institutions are encouraging staff to share teaching materials as open educational resources
  21. 21. Future trends How might the needs of students evolve over the coming years and what impact will this have on the teaching we offer? Will fewer and fewer students visit libraries and access all their readings online? What impact will mobiles and tablets have on learning? How might VLEs evolve over the coming few years? What impact do other technologies such as social media have on the tools we use in education?
  22. 22. Ways to keep up to date Conferences, events (LILAC, UC&R conference) JISC Regional Support Centres organise events for Further Education librarians LibCamp and TeachMeets Professional social networking: on LinkedIn, Twitter and by reading blogs Joining groups New Professionals Network, but also CILIP groups, other library groups Use Google Reader to follow blogs - consider writing your own to reflect on your work
  23. 23. Further readings Secker, Jane and Coonan, Emma. (2010) ANCIL Curriculum and Supporting Documentation. Available at: Secker, Jane. (2010) Copyright and E-learning: a guide for practitioners. Facet Publishing: London New Curriculum Blog: Implementing ANCIL wiki: My blog: LILAC Conference: Follow me on Twitter @jsecker Join the CILIP CSG-Information Literacy Group – its free for students!
  24. 24. Any questions?Dr Jane SeckerCopyright and Digital Literacy AdvisorCentre for Learning Technology, LSEEmail Find me on LinkedIn, Twitter etc.