Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Information Literacy: The Eye of the Storm

Where has the time gone? You can tell a library student is in the thick of it when they neglect their much loved blog...

...one thing I have learned about library school is that my desired role as a librarian seems to change with every class. During my first foundation classes, I really wanted to head an access services department. Taking a reference class, I wanted to be king of the reference desk. With web design, I thought that being a UX librarian would be the bees knees.

This summer I am taking an information literacy instruction course, and staying true to the pattern, I am now searching out open Info Lit/Public Services positions in schools across the country. I think that librarians who teach are the apex of librarianship. After all, the core of what we do is is connecting people to ideas. Information literacy instruction certainly is the most direct and efficient way of doing this.

It goes without saying that I am pretty jazzed about this class.

The first assignment I had was to summarize Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe's chapter in Information Literacy Instruction Handbook (eds Cox & Lindsay 2008), which deals with the future of information literacy.

Since I am such a visual learner, as I was reading the chapter I came to conceptualize the future of information literacy as a spinning storm. At the center, you have the eye of the storm. In this case, the eye is composed of the core tenets of information literacy. Hinchliffe describes these as the outcomes of effective information literacy instruction (as developed by the ACRL). That is, an information literate individual is able to:

  • Determine the extent of information needed
  • Access the needed information effectively and efficiently
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically
  • Incorporate selected information into one's knowledge base
  • use Information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
  • Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally.
Surrounding the eye of the storm, you have all of the changes that are happening to the industry as a whole as well as factors that effect instruction:
  • Trends in academia
  • Emerging technology
  • Democratization of authorship
  • Political demands
  • etc, etc, etc
Of course, being a nerd, I had to turn my metaphor of Information Literacy as a storm into an info graphic. Since I don't have a fridge to hang this picture on (well, I do. Just to cheap to print in out. And it would probably weird out my housemates), I thought I would post it here.



For a bigger view, you can click on the image or check it out in my Google Docs.

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