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Information Literacy has left the library: challenges, opportunities and lessons learnt


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Keynote at the Western Balkans Information and Media Literacy Conference held in Bihac, Bosnia 20-21 June 2019

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Information Literacy has left the library: challenges, opportunities and lessons learnt

  1. 1. Information Literacy has left the Library: challenges, opportunities and lesson learnt Dr Jane Secker Senior Lecturer in Educational Development, City, University of London Western Balkans Media and Information Literacy Conference - 21st June 2019
  2. 2. What am I talking about? Information literacy in education Expanding definition of Advocating IL outside library The need collaboratio
  4. 4. New possibilities for learning: Connectivism
  5. 5. Information Overload?
  7. 7. Safiya Umoja Noble
  8. 8. Education might save us… Syrian refugee childen in a Lebanese school by DFID CC-BY-SA
  9. 9. Information Literacy is…… “…the ability to think critically and make balanced judgements about any information we find and use. It empowers us as citizens to develop informed views and to engage fully with society.” CILIP Definition of Information Literacy 2018
  10. 10. 5 Contexts of Information Literacy • Everyday life • Citizenship • Education • The Workplace • Health
  11. 11. What I’ve learnt from teaching information literacy • It’s complex and dangerous to make assumptions about what people know or what students want or need • Many teachers and academics do care but don’t understand how to foster these abilities in students • Concealing complexity helps users but is problematic • We need ways to expose information structures and privilege
  12. 12. A word about digital natives…
  13. 13. Why is this not a priority?
  14. 14. Trouble with terminology?
  15. 15. We need more evidence?
  16. 16. We need more focus on critical literacy Hinrichsen & Coombs (2014).
  17. 17. We need more cooperation and collaboration?
  18. 18. Engaging with government The Psychological Effects of “Fake News” Those who aren’t very good at making judgements about information they read or see in newspapers, TV or social media, especially misinformation such as fake news, experience a negative physical response to it. This means that misinformation is actually bad for their physical health. Given the constant barrage of fake news that we come across everyday of our lives it clearly shows there is a worrying public health issue emerging.” Dr. Geoff Walton, Manchester Metropolitan University
  19. 19. Engaging with health professionals The global health literacy crisis In the UK 61% of 16-65 year olds cannot understand text and numerical data to read give the correct dosage of paracetamol to a child In Germany 54% of adults have poor health literacy costing an estimated 5-16 billion Euros each year In the USA only 12% of the population were proficient in health literacy Ruth Carlisle, LILAC 2019 keynote - Head of Library and Knowledge Services, Health Education England
  20. 20. Tackling social exclusion Refugees, the elderly and unemployed “Scotland’s public libraries are developing into ‘trusted guides’ connecting Syrian new Scots to the possibilities and opportunities created within their new communities” “The experiences and knowledge structures refugees bring with them should be considered less from a point of view of ‘otherness’ and more as contributing social capital to the context to which they were becoming a part” Dr Dina Martzoukou, The Lost in Information: New Syrian Scots project Robert Gordon University, Scotland
  21. 21. Engaging with teachers and faculty • Reviewing the National Curriculum • Working with the Higher Education Academy at university level • Advocacy with teacher training agencies / universities • Advocacy work with professional bodies • Information literacy in teacher education programmes
  22. 22. Embedding open practices and digital literacies in higher education • EDM122: Digital Literacies and Open Practice • 15 credit module at City, University of London • First taught October 2018 • Part of the Masters in Academic Practice • Sign up to the course blog to join the webinars and discussions
  23. 23. Thank you Any questions? @jsecker
  24. 24. References CILIP Definition of Information Literacy (2018) Available at Digital Literacy and Open Practice course. Available at: Hinrichsen, Juliet and Coombs, Antony (2014) The five resources of critical digital literacy: a framework for curriculum integration. Research in Learning Technology, 21:21334. Available at: Markzoukou, K (2019) Syrian New Scots: Available at: scots-the-way-forward-a-transition-from-being-a-refugee-to-becoming-an-active-part-of-the-community Secker, J. (2018). The trouble with terminology: rehabilitating and rethinking ‘Digital Literacy'. In: Reedy, K. and Parker, J. (Eds.), Digital Literacy Unpacked. (pp. 3-16). London: Facet Publishing. ISBN 178330197X Available at: Walton, G., Pickard, A. & Dodd, L. (2018). Information discernment, mis-information and pro-active scepticism, Journal of Librarianship & Information Science, 50 (3), pp.296-309 Zurkowski, P. (1974) The Information Service Environment: Relationships and Priorities. Related Paper No.5. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science. Available at: Images from licensed under CC-0