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Information Literacy in my Career

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A webinar presented on 26 July 2016 by Sheila Webber, Pamela McKinney, Liam Bullingham and Emily Wheeler. Presentations are copyright of the respective authors. The webinar was orgabnised by the IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning and IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group in conjunction with the American Library Association.
The presenters were responding to 3 questions: 1. What does Information Literacy mean to me
2. How information literacy fits in with my job
3. How (or whether) I see information literacy being important to me in the future, and/or where I would like to go next with IL

Associated links: SCONUL 7 Pillars http://www.sconul.ac.uk/sites/default/files/documents/coremodel.pdf
Review of Seven Pillars model: http://bit.ly/2a1QBme
Pam McKinney and Sheila Webber’s Presentation from the creating knowledge conference: http://bit.ly/2a9mzie
Alison Head keynote from the Creating Knowledge viii conference: http://bit.ly/2allHq7
University of Sheffield Information Skills resource http://www.librarydevelopment.group.shef.ac.uk/

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Information Literacy in my Career

  1. 1. IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning and IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group “Information Literacy in my Career” July 26, 2016
  2. 2. IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning and IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group “Information Literacy in my Career” July 26, 2016 #infolit #newlibgc
  3. 3. Keynote and moderator: Sheila Webber (@sheilayoshikawa) Sheila is Senior Lecturer and Director of the Centre for Information Literacy Research in the Information School, University of Sheffield. She is a committee member of IFLA Information Literacy Section and interim co-chair of UNESCO’s Global Alliance of partnerships for Media and information Literacy European Chapter. She blogs at The Information Literacy Weblog http://information-literacy.blogspot.com.
  4. 4. Information Literacy in my Career Sheila Webber Information School, University of Sheffield, July 2016
  5. 5. What Information Literacy means to me Sheila Webber 2016 SCONUL 7 Pillars of Information Literacy http://www.sconul.ac.uk/sites/default/files/documents/coremodel.pdf
  6. 6. Quotation from UK academic (Boon et al, 2007) What Information Literacy means to me Sheila Webber 2016
  7. 7. “Information literacy is the adoption of appropriate information behaviour to identify, through whatever channel or medium, information well fitted to information needs, leading to wise and ethical use of information in society.” Definition by: Johnston & Webber (2003) International IL Logo Sheila Webber, 2016
  8. 8. What Information Literacy means to me Sheila Webber 2016Quotation from Syrian school librarian (Salha, 2010)
  9. 9. Information Literacy in my work BritishLibrary Sheffield University circa 1997 I realise that what I am teaching and doing is information literacy!! mists of time (1979) now (2016)Strathclyde University • Searching database for other people at Health & Safety Exec • Teaching librarians to search biomedical databases • Creating videotex pages on Prestel • Creating bibliographic records that could be searched • Writing user manuals • Searching and presenting business information • Helping businesspeople identify information needs • Managing staff who select, evaluate, disseminate • Teaching library students to search, present etc • Develop credit-bearing IL module for Business School • Start writing articles • Still focus on sources and finding • Connecting on IL internationally • Information Literacy/academics project; IL blog • IL as discipline • “Web 2.0”, social media, 3DVW: new contexts for IL and IB • PhD dissertations • Call modules “Information Literacy”; develop pedagogy • IL through the lifecourse
  10. 10. IL in my future (Media and) Information Literacy as a discipline to enable life
  11. 11. Sheila Webber Information School University of Sheffield s.webber@shef.ac.uk Twitter: @sheilayoshikawa http://information-literacy.blogspot.com/ http://www.slideshare.net/sheilawebber/ Photos: Sheila Webber (mostly taken in Second Life, a trademark of Linden Lab)
  12. 12. • Boon, S., Johnston, B. and Webber, S. (2007). A phenomenographic study of English faculty's conceptions of information literacy. Journal of Documentation, 63 (2), 204- 228. • Johnston, B. and Webber, S. (2003). Information literacy in higher education: a review and case study. Studies in higher education, 28 (3), 335-352. • Salha, S. (2011). The variations and the changes in the school librarians' perspectives of information literacy. PhD Thesis, Information School, University of Sheffield. http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/1538/2/Salha,_Shahd.pdf • Webber, S. and Johnston, B. (2013) Transforming IL for HE in the 21st century: a Lifelong Learning approach. in Hepworth, M. and Walton, G. (Eds.) Developing people's information capabilities fostering information literacy in educational, workplace and community contexts. Emerald. pp.15-30. Sheila Webber 2016 References
  13. 13. Presenter Pamela McKinney (@ischoolpam). Pamela is a Lecturer in the Information School, University of Sheffield. Before joining the iSchool, she was a learning developer in the Centre for Inquiry-based Learning in the Arts and Social Sciences, and prior to that an academic librarian at Sheffield Hallam University.
  14. 14. Pam McKinney Lecturer, University of Sheffield Information School p.mckinney@sheffield.ac.uk @ischoolpam
  15. 15. What does IL mean to me?  An essential competency for everyone in their daily lives  A vital aspect of studying and learning, particularly if learning is inquiry led  Complex interactions between people, technology and information are a feature of IL in the 21st century  What it means to be information literate is highly contextual
  16. 16. The SCONUL seven pillars  Used extensively with academic staff in my previous role as a learning developer  Detailed descriptions of the competencies required in the Higher Education  Used as an analysis framework in my research e.g. understanding the range and depth of students’ reflections on their IL development  The student reflections revealed that their IL needs changed over time as the project progresses – this is not currently expressed in the model  Review of Seven Pillars model: http://bit.ly/2a1QBme
  17. 17. IL in my teaching  I support students with annotated bibliography on Sheila’s “Information Literacy” module  I incorporate IL development into the other modules that I teach e.g. making sure students can search particular resources  I support reflection for IL development with reflective assignments  I support my dissertation students and personal tutees with IL development
  18. 18. Research into IL  Current participatory action research project with Sheila and students on the distance learning “Information Literacy” module to understand their progress towards becoming IL educators and how we best can support them.  Presentation from the creating knowledge conference: http://bit.ly/2a9mzie  Pilot project to investigate the information literacy of using apps to log diet for the purposes of weight loss
  19. 19. Future work  Research into IL in everyday life contexts with specific situations and groups of people.  Alison Head keynote from the Creating Knowledge viii conference: “Getting started is the hardest part of course research” How can we support students in this? http://bit.ly/2allHq7
  20. 20. Presenter Liam Bullingham (@liamealbee). Liam is a Liaison Librarian at the University of Sheffield. Previous jobs included Information Adviser at Sheffield Hallam University, Knowledge Management Resources Assistant at DLA Piper and Graduate Trainee Library Assistant, Manchester Metropolitan University.
  21. 21. information literacy: personal view
  22. 22. Personal view Aspects of the SCONUL seven pillars are highly relevant in everyday life e.g. evaluate: phishing scams present: complying with copyright These should be interpreted for each individual context higher education the organisation the course the individual
  23. 23. information literacy: professional view
  24. 24. information literacy in my future
  25. 25. Presenter Emily Wheeler (@heliotropia). Emily is Learning Advisor at the University of Leeds. Previous posts include Library Graduate Trainee at Manchester Metropolitan University. She runs the CILIP Yorkshire and Humberside Member Network blog and co-organises the LISDIS (Library and Information Science Dissertations) conference.
  26. 26. What does information literacy mean to me? ■ Key part of academic life ■ Part of a wider set of skills/knowledge ■ Important outside university too ■ Model: SCONUL 7 Pillars
  27. 27. Information literacy and my job ■ Student workshops – “general” and embedded ■ Online learning resources ■ Finding, creating, adapting resources & information
  28. 28. Information literacy in the future ■ IL will always be important! ■ More work linking IL & critical thinking with current events ■ More work with younger students
  29. 29. IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning and IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group Thank you! #infolit #newlibgc
  30. 30. The Three questions 1. What does Information Literacy mean to me? 2. How information literacy fits in with my job 3. How (or whether) I see information literacy being important to me in the future, and/or where I would like to go next with IL #infolit #newlibgc

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