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Media and
Information Literate
Lives in the 21st
Century
Sheila Webber
October 2017
Libraries
& SDGs for
UNESCO missions for the public library
• creating and strengthening reading habits in children at an early age;
• supporti...
So libraries are much, much more
than access to books and
information!
Their mission connects with the UN
Sustaniable Deve...
Media and Information Literacy
• Information not just media
– People (gesture, words, bodies); objects; research etc
• Lif...
Goal for MIL: Situational awareness”
• Individual reflecting on his/her MIL contexts
• Identifying MIL strengths, gaps & p...
Media and
Information literate
person
Information economy:
•Law
•Changes in media
•Pricing etc.
Organisational culture:
•M...
MIL as core enabler of SDGs
throughout citizens’ lives
Libraries and librarians are key
actors in this mission
Sheila Webb...
Sheila Webber
Information School
University of Sheffield
s.webber@shef.ac.uk
Twitter: @sheilayoshikawa
http://information-...
References
• Schuller, T. & Watson, D. (2009) Learning Through Life: Inquiry into the Future for
Lifelong Learning (IFLL)....
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Libraries & SDGs for Media and Information Literate Lives in the 21st Century

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Given by Sheila Webber at the Global Media and information Literacy Conference Kingston, Jamaica, 26 October 2017

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Libraries & SDGs for Media and Information Literate Lives in the 21st Century

  1. 1. Media and Information Literate Lives in the 21st Century Sheila Webber October 2017 Libraries & SDGs for
  2. 2. UNESCO missions for the public library • creating and strengthening reading habits in children at an early age; • supporting individual, self conducted & formal education at all levels; • providing opportunities for personal creative development; • stimulating the imagination and creativity of children and young people; • promoting awareness of cultural heritage, appreciation of the arts, scientific achievements and innovations; • providing access to cultural expressions of all performing arts; • fostering inter-cultural dialogue and favouring cultural diversity; • supporting the oral tradition; • ensuring access for citizens to all sorts of community information; • providing adequate information services to local enterprises, associations & interest groups; • facilitating the development of information and computer literacy skills; • supporting and participating in literacy activities and programmes for all age groups, and initiating such activities if necessary Sheila Webber, 2017
  3. 3. So libraries are much, much more than access to books and information! Their mission connects with the UN Sustaniable Development Goals Their mission requires trained and committed people to fulfil these missions Sheila Webber, 2017
  4. 4. Media and Information Literacy • Information not just media – People (gesture, words, bodies); objects; research etc • Lifelong – Schuller and Watson (2009) note imbalance in money spent on education (i.e. on younger people in formal education) despite changing job patterns, ageing populations etc. – Problem for all countries; health, migration, change • Lifewide – Citizens in all situations and occupations • MIL as cross-cutting enabler of SDGs Sheila Webber, 2017
  5. 5. Goal for MIL: Situational awareness” • Individual reflecting on his/her MIL contexts • Identifying MIL strengths, gaps & priorities for his/her stage in life • Being able to audit his/her context: at different stages of life; at transition points; in response to critical events • Moving awareness and understanding of own MIL to the foreground: making MIL sustainable lifelong • Role of library & information professionals and libraries in educating, supporting and mediating this process Sheila Webber, 2017
  6. 6. Media and Information literate person Information economy: •Law •Changes in media •Pricing etc. Organisational culture: •Mission; Values; Norms •Management style; ways of working •Information strategy Personal goals, relationships, habits, special needs Local & national culture & society Technical changes The media and information literate person in a changing information culture and society Inter/ personal context Johnston & Webber 2013, 2017 Based on Webber and Johnston, 2000 Libraries & librarians Educating
  7. 7. MIL as core enabler of SDGs throughout citizens’ lives Libraries and librarians are key actors in this mission Sheila Webber, 2017
  8. 8. Sheila Webber Information School University of Sheffield s.webber@shef.ac.uk Twitter: @sheilayoshikawa http://information-literacy.blogspot.com/ http://www.slideshare.net/sheilawebber/ Photo: Sheila Webber taken in Second Life (TM Linden lab)
  9. 9. References • Schuller, T. & Watson, D. (2009) Learning Through Life: Inquiry into the Future for Lifelong Learning (IFLL). Leicester: National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE). • UNESCO. (n.d.). UNESCO Public Library Manifesto. http://www.unesco.org/webworld/libraries/manifestos/libraman.html#2 • Webber, S. and Johnston, B. (2000) Conceptions of information literacy: new perspectives and implications. Journal of information science, 26 (6), 381-397 • 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.

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