Survey developed by librarians and sponsored by Credo finds students lack basic skills critical to lifelong success
(8 April 2013, Boston, Oxford) Credo today announced that the results of an information literacy survey of over 1,500 students from more than 400 institutions worldwide are now freely available. Anyone may register for a free copy, along with a paper authored by Dr. Allen McKiel, Dean of Library Services at Western Oregon University
This case study is part of the Power to the Librarian series, which profiled exceptional library professionals in a variety of roles from information literacy to showcasing the quality and impact of the academic research enterprise.
As librarians, I think we have all made the observation that the most successful students are those who use the library regularly. And not only that, they are the students who have no problem asking for help. Believe it or not, help-seeking is considered a self-regulated learning strategy. Makes sense, right?
"...Much like physical obesity, information obesity presents a complex set of causes and solutions, rather than embracing the computational linearity of overload. This humanized way of thinking about the topic of information consumptionallows for a diﬀerent approach in ﬁnding sustainable solutions to the problem at hand, of which information overload is only one factor..."
Mishka Fielding, Learning Resources Manager with the help of Anthony Beal, e-Learning Adviser, RSC Northwest, created a one-hour interactive session to promote Learning Resources and Information Literacy to staff and students within the College. These sessions successfully promoted the department, increasing their stock circulation by 50% and their usage of e-books, putting them 1st out of 200 in the ‘Jisc Collections Project’.
Part of the ACRL conference 2013 (10-13 April) was THATcamp , an unconference day. One session that caught my eye was Let’s Make a MOOC! Crowdsourcing an Information Literacy MOOC. Proposed by Kate Ganski and Kristin Woodward, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee...
The controversy over writer Nate Thayer’s failure to credit his sources, which some alleged amounted to plagiarism, is just part of an ongoing debate over how we use — and give credit for — information in a digital age.
Anthony Beal's insight:
Interesting thoughts on the recycling of content and attribution
There are growing numbers of library and information sector posts which have the term “information literacy” in the job title, or which have information literacy development as a key responsibility.
The IFLA Information Literacy Section has set up a project which aims to develop profiles for Information Literacy Professionals (ILPs), with input from library and information professionals in different sectors and in different countries...
Anthony Beal's insight:
Sheila Webber is leading this project and is giving a workshop on the subject at the current LILAC conference taking place in Manchester, UK - http://www.lilacconference.com/WP/
Our previous post included observations about how using data from the Summon service canimprove information literacy. This is a telling point. As we conclude our series of posts on this topic, we ask, are we really ready to move beyond our current systems that make searching difficult for students, and embrace web-scale discovery because of the improvement it brings? At their universities at least, our presenters thought so.
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