zaterdag 19 november 2011

Report on XII international conference “Management of Higher Education Institutions’ Libararies”, Minsk

 On invitation of the Goethe Institut in Minsk and the Belrusian Library Association, I was able to attend the XII international conference “Management of Higher Education Institutions’ Libararies” at the Belarusian State University from 12th-14th October, 2011.
This year’s theme was “Shaping Information Culture in XXI Century: the Role of University Libraries”. The conference was held with support of UNESCO, the Goethe Institut and the Embassy of the USA in Belarus.
The plenary session on the first conference day started with presentations delivered by Prof. Natalia Gendina (Kemerovo State University of  Culture and Arts), Esther Grassian (University of California College Library) and myself (IZI, Munich). Natalia spoke on “Information culture as means of shaping a creative personality of high school graduates in the XXI century” and explained her concept how to promote and to create a person’s information culture. From her point of view a creative and information literate person should be able to take independent decisions when working with contradictive, heterogeneous, and dynamically changing information.
Esther Grassian gave a comprehensive overview of information literacy standards, resources and best practice in the United States of America. She underlined that the (tight) connection of librarians and teachers is crucial for students’ success.
I presented research results from international youth media studies related to media use and information-seeking behaviour of “digital natives”. I gave some thoughts on how to bridge the gap between the information routines and needs of “digital natives” and the information resources libraries tend to offer. In my opinion, the knowledge and understanding of today’s media landscapes young people inhabit, is the key for the success of library information services.
On the second conference day speakers provided interesting insights in the integration of information resources in Poland and how Russian university libraries are shaping teachers’ information culture. Natalia’s master class on concepts and didactics of promoting information culture in higher education libraries was well attended and received a very positive feedback from the participants. She presented hands-on-materials and gave valuable advice for practitioners on how to promote information culture. Ester Grassian also offered a workshop on the purpose, objectives and expected results of information literacy instruction. At the same time, I had to deliver a speech at the University of Minsk so I was unfortunately not able to attend Esther’s course. 
My visit in Minsk ended with a visit of the impressive National Library of Belarus. It is located in a new 72-metre high building in Minsk which has 22 floors and was completed in 2006. The building can seat about 2,000 readers and has a 500-seat conference hall. It is the main information and cultural centre of the country. The collections include 8 million items of various media. In 1993 the National Library started to create its own electronic information resources. It has generated a collection of bibliographic, factual graphic, full-text, graphic, sound, and language databases that comprise more than 2 million records. Library users also have access to databases of other libraries and academic institutions, including foreign ones. The library service is in great demand because more than 90,000 citizens of Belarus are library users. The guided tour ended with a spectacular view from the library’s roof top terrace on the city of Minsk illuminated by night.
Munich, Oct 31, 2011
Heike vom Orde, Head of Documentation IZI

International Central Institute for Youth and Educational Television (IZI)
Munich, Germany

vrijdag 14 oktober 2011

Media and Information Literacy curriculum for Teachers'

'The Media and Information Literacy curriculum for Teachers' is available at

dinsdag 20 september 2011

IFLA Sattelite Tampere

The Road to Information Literacy: Librarians as Facilitators of Learning IFLA Satellite meeting in Tampere Finland, August 8, 9, 10, 2012.

Sponsors:  IFLA’s Continuing Professional Education and Workplace Learning and Information Literacy Sections
Proposals due by November 9, 2011 and should be sent to

Introduction to Information Literacy clip

A group of students meet outside the University for the class breaks and start discussing about information literacy.
Will came out with the idea to make a documentary about girls.
The conversation turns into an active discussion about the importance of being a critical thinker and how to use the information in an appropriate way.
Have a look at this

7 Pillars revised: session in Second Life, 21 September

When: Wednesday 21st September 2011, 12 noon SL time (8pm UK time, see for times elsewhere)
Where: Infolit iSchool, in the virtual world, Second Life (SL). You need a SL avatar and the SL browser installed on your computer, to participate. Go direct to:

What: Sheila Webber (Sheffield University Information School) will present the revised version of the SCONUL 7 Pillars of information literacy. Revised copies of the 3D (SL) version of the SCONUL 7
Pillars will be made available. Sheila will also say something about how she uses the 7 Pillars in teaching. The website for the Pillars is

This is a Centre for Information Literacy Research event.

zaterdag 17 september 2011

Section minutes published

The minutes of the 2nd section IFLA Information Literacy Section committee meeting (Puerto Rico, 17 August 2011) have been published on the IFLA website, at

woensdag 7 september 2011

Polish translation of guidelines

Ewa Hajdasz, Matylda Filas, Justyna Jasiewicz, Renata Piotrowska, Ewa Rozkosz, Grzegorz Winnicki, Zuza Wiorogórska have collaborated to produce Kompetencje informacyjne w procesie uczenia się przez całe życie Wytyczne, which is a translation into Polish of the Guidelines on Information Literacy for Lifelong Learning by Jesús Lau. The original English version and versions in Bahasa Melayu, Català, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español, 한국어, Português, Русский, and Română, as well as this new Polish one, are linked from the Information Literacy Section's website

woensdag 31 augustus 2011

LILAC 2012

The Librarians Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC) will take place at Glasgow Caledonian University on Wednesday 11th April to Friday 13th April 2012.

dinsdag 30 augustus 2011

e-learning sites for information literacy

A message from Mark Hepworth 

A while ago I posted a request for suggested e-learning sites for information literacy.  Thanks to all of you who suggested sites for evaluation.
The ones that came out top were:  University of Sydney, Australia  University of Newcastle, Australia  University of Leicester, United Kingdom  University of Leeds, United Kingdom  Queensland University of Technology, Australia  Open University, United Kingdom
Sites were evaluated in terms of their coverage of information literacy (identifying information needs; understanding the information landscape; locating and retrieving information, using information (including managing (storage, security, retention), sharing and communicating information); plus look & feel; interactivity; functionality embedded e.g. use of quizzes etc. 70 Higher Education (HE) sites and 7 from the workplace, were identified and screened, 30 were evaluated in-depth.
There are good examples of practice that are not included in the list shown above. This was because they did well in some areas but were lacking in others.
Very few were identified from the non HE workplace and those that were identified, in many cases, were inaccessible due to ID/password restrictions.
Very few e-learning packages helped people with thinking skills, such as critical analysis, synthesis etc. of information found in articles, Web pages, books etc. or navigating and extracting information efficiently
In general, there was a lack of coverage of 'using' information i.e. managing information, sharing or communicating information.
I will provide further detail, in due course, on my blog, which I intend to rekindle ... after a long lapse in updating ! )
Thanks again for your suggestions.

Dr. Mark Hepworth
Senior Lecturer
Chair Teaching and Learning Committee
Department of Information Science
Loughborough University
LE11 3QJ

vrijdag 26 augustus 2011

InfoLit-L discussion list

InfoLit-L, the IFLA Information Literacy Section Discussion List had 358 subscriber today. The aim of this list is to provide a forum to the international library and educational community to discuss and share information literacy ideas, documents, and experiences. InfoLit-L is a closed list (restricted to subscribers). When I announced the start of the IL blog today, there was only 1 subscriber that ‘could not be reached at that address’. Very disciplined subscribers. They ‘unsubscribe’ when applicable. If you want to subscribe go to:


This is the start of the blog of the IFLA Information Literacy Section. It replaces the 'Newsletter' of the section. This way we can react more timely on events that are relevant for our section. I hope to read a lot of them. I thank all the coordinators that has supplied us with newsletters so far.