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June 30, 2005

Because sharing is nice....

Hi all

Some of you in the instruction librarian community will already know about CORIL, but for those of you who don't ...

... the Ontario Council of University Libraries sponsors the Cooperative Online Repository of Information Literacy Learning Objects. This respository uses the MIT-developed DSpace technology to enable the sharing of teaching materials for IL. The idea here is to facilitate better sharing of learning objects such as online tutorials, presentation slides, exercises, guides, websites and/or handouts amongst instruction librarians.

There are two collections in the repository, the open collection and the peer-reviewed. One can submit one's item for peer-review by the CORIL editorial board, or simply place it in the open collection for instant sharing with one's colleagues.

Authors who submit agree to share the material, those librarians who decide to download the material agree to attribute credit to the original author -- but may make whatever changes they deem necessary to the material in order to customize it to their purposes.

CORIL also hosts a listserv for instruction librarians (and the people who love them) interested in discussing IL-related issues.

For more information on CORIL's mandate, submission guidelines and processes, please visit the About CORIL page.

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June 23, 2005

What the CLA Agreed to...

So here's the actual text that the CLA voted on and passed in Calgary 2005. You will note a few changes from the last iteration, but nothing too substantive. Our next job will be to hold them to it!

Information Literacy Resolution:

Proposed by the Information Literacy Interest Group

Whereas United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has identified Information Literacy as critical to bridging the digital divide; and

whereas studies have demonstrated a relationship between library instruction and student achievement; and

whereas adequate access to information includes an understanding of how to recognize, gather, evaluate and use information effectively; and

whereas all people have a right to education that teaches them the literacy skills required to shape their own lives and contribute to society; and

whereas Information Literacy is a crucial competency in the Information Society; and

whereas despite the importance of Information Literacy to society and the increasing demand for library instruction in Canadian libraries, only not all Canadian graduate programs in library and information studies have courses devoted to library instruction and Information Literacy in their curricula, and those courses are electives only

Be it resolved that the CLA include Information Literacy in its priorities and commit to advocating for the importance of information literacy with appropriate national and regional associations/institutions; and

Be it further resolved that CLA formally encourage graduate programs in library and information studies to incorporate courses in library instruction and information literacy into their curricula; and

Be it further resolved that the CLA encourage all libraries to develop information literacy programs to better serve their user communities

MOVED: Lisa Sloniowski
SECONDED: Adam Taves

Posted by Lisa Sloniowski at 11:41 AM | Comments (0)

June 20, 2005

Be it resolved -- Information Literacy Does Work!

So this is a belated post from the Canadian Library Association annual conference in Calgary. Two events of significance to the IL community occurred last week.

Firstly, the Annual Great Debate was on the value of library instruction. The topic up for debate was "Be it resolved we teach them nothing: library instruction doesn't work." Mita Sen Roy (University of Windsor) and myself (Lisa Sloniowski, York University) were arguing against the resolution and had a narrow victory over our extremely talented opponents -- Melody Burton and Nancy McCormack (both from Queen's University). It was a fun and spirited debate with good points all round. Audio recordings of the debate will be available soon from the CLA.

Secondly, and more importantly, the Information Literacy Resolution proposed by ILIG passed almost unanimously at the Annual General Meeting of the CLA. The resolution asks the CLA to take a stronger position in advocating for IL and to formally encourage Canadian library schools for more courses on IL and instruction in the core curriculum. I will post the final version of the resolution in the next day or so once I have the time to type it up.

So hurrah! A big step forward for our "community of practice!"

Thanks to all who helped out with the resolution -- in particular Adam Taves who seconded the motion. And thanks to all who voted for library instruction at the Great Debate.

Posted by Lisa Sloniowski at 12:32 PM | Comments (0)

Information literacy and the role of national library and information associations

Title: Information literacy and the role of national library and information associations
Author(s): Nicholas Joint; Jake Wallis
Journal: Library Review
Year: 2005 Volume: 54 Number: 4 Page: 213 -- 217
DOI: 10.1108/00242530510593399
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract: Purpose - To investigate the role of national library associations both in promoting information literacy and in advancing the interests of the practitioner library and information worker. Design/methodology/approach - An opinion piece based on information literacy practice world-wide and recent debate on the role of national association and professional organisations in the UK. Findings - The dynamic role of associations for the library and information profession in a variety of countries world-wide gives an indication of how the profession should use its own national association. Research limitations/implications - This is purely an expression of opinion about the value of the relationship between national associations for the library and information profession and the promotion of information literacy. Practical implications - Gives some insight into how a national professional association is uniquely positioned to support professional status and encourage job opportunities by forward-looking policy formulation and cross-sectoral leadership, in particular in the area of information literacy. Originality/value - An attempt to validate at practitioner level the impact and importance of a national association by reference to real practice-based examples and demonstrably successful international models.

Most of the article compares the approach in the U.S. with the experience in the UK.

A few quotes from the article:

"the simple fact remains that in national educational policy-making, if an educational activity is not institutionalized, it probably doesn't matter very much"

"national organizational structures do create an enabling environment in which more gets done, and they also create a framework for theories and policies that help the profession progress its aims. The lessons from other countries may well be that the national professional association is an uniquely powerful agent that can create synergies between all the separate elements involved in the national information literacy project."

The article mentions the LILAC conference, and also the importance of not only thinking of IL from the higher education viewpoint, but also school and community level (but leaves out specific mention of IL in the workplace).

The authors mention the ILI-L list, which they conclude (because it includes job postings) has "improved the professional status and remuneration levels of library and information workers in consequence". I may be misrepresenting the intent of what the authors are saying somewhat, but I stopped reading ILI-L a few years ago because I was drowning in postings!

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June 13, 2005

No ILIG Meeting at CLA 2005

For the information of CLA Information Literacy Interest Group members who are planning to attend the CLA conference in Calgary this week, I am sorry to say that there will be no ILIG meeting this year. We are currently in a "coordinator changeover" period and were not able to organize representation at the conference this year.

Instead of attending an ILIG meeting please come out to the CLA Annual General Meeting on Friday June 17 at 3:45pm to support the ILIG-inspired resolution that Lisa Sloniowski has graciously molded and agreed to move.

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June 10, 2005

Final Resolution

Well, after some consultations (thanks Adam, Shelley, Barbara & Tamsin) we've decided to reign the draft in a little. We thought it best if we could just get a general expression of support from CLA, so amended the resolution as follows:

Whereas UNESCO has identified Information Literacy as critical to bridging the digital divide AND

whereas studies have demonstrated a relationship between library instruction and student achievement AND

whereas
adequate access to information includes an understanding of how to recognize, gather, evaluate and use information effectively AND

whereas all people have a right to education that teaches them the literacy skills required to shape their own lives and contribute to society AND

whereas Information Literacy is a crucial competency in the Information Society AND

whereas
despite the importance of Information Literacy to society and the increasing demand for library instruction in Canadian libraries, only 50% of Canadian graduate programs in library and information studies have courses devoted to library instruction and Information Literacy in their curricula, and those courses are electives only

Be it resolved that the CLA include Information Literacy in its mission and priorities and commit to advocating for the importance of information literacy in conjunction with appropriate national and regional associations/institutions

Be it further resolved that CLA formally encourage library schools to incorporate courses in library instruction and information literacy into their curricula.

Be it further resolved that the CLA encourage all libraries to develop information literacy programs

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June 2, 2005

CLA AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Association of College and University Libraries will be held during the CLA Annual Conference in Calgary. The meeting will be held on Thursday June 16th at 5:45pm in the Imperial 3 Room of the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

Posted by hunt-k at 5:00 PM

June 1, 2005

Revised version of draft resolution

Actually (Lisa speaking) here's a revised version, adding some language about key partners with CLA (I'm thinking about CARL and LAC). I think this may be a bit too ambitious for a first pass though -- any thoughts on eliminating some of the "be it further resolved's?" Which one(s)can go?


Proposed CLA Resolution (Draft)

Whereas UNESCO has identified Information Literacy as critical to bridging the digital divide AND

whereas studies have demonstrated a relationship between library instruction and student achievement AND

whereas adequate access to information includes an understanding of how to recognize, gather, evaluate and use information effectively AND

whereas all people have a right to education that teaches them the literacy skills required to shape their own lives and contribute to society AND

whereas Information Literacy is a crucial competency in the Information Society AND

whereas despite the importance of Information Literacy to society and the increasing demand for library instruction in Canadian libraries, only 50% of Canadian graduate programs in library and information studies have courses devoted to library instruction and Information Literacy in their curricula, and those courses are electives only

Be it resolved that the CLA include Information Literacy in its mission and priorities and commit to advocating for the importance of information literacy in conjunction with appropriate national and regional associations/institutions

Be it further resolved that CLA formally encourage library schools to incorporate courses in library instruction and information literacy into their curricula.

Be it further resolved that
the CLA encourage all libraries to develop information literacy programs

Be it further resolved that the CLA, in conjunction with key partners, lobby government for funding in support of information literacy programming and professional development in this area

Be it further resolved that
the CLA develop a program which promotes information literacy and related initiatives, with a view to educating government, educators and the general public about the importance of information literacy and librariansí role in fostering it.

Be it further resolved that the CLA form a committee designed to work with key partners and steer advocacy efforts for Information Literacy in Canada

Be it further resolved that
the CLA create an annual award recognizing key information literacy initiatives, collaborations and best practices in teaching and learning in this critical area

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