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Information Literacy: Experiences of the Finnish University Libraries. Kaisa Sinikara, Director of Information and Library Services University of Helsinki, Finland [email protected] The UK 17.-19.2007. Content. Some facts and figures – Finnish university libraries´network

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Information literacy experiences of the finnish university libraries

Information Literacy: Experiences of the Finnish University Libraries

Kaisa Sinikara,

Director of Information and Library Services

University of Helsinki, Finland

[email protected]

The UK 17.-19.2007


Content

Content

  • Some facts and figures –

    • Finnish university libraries´network

    • University of Helsinki

  • Information Literacy & Finnish academic libraries

  • Information Literacy as a part of strategies

  • Integration into the Bologna process

  • Collaboration is essential

  • Assessing IL skills

  • Promoting IL

  • Conclusion


University libraries network in finland

University Libraries’ network in Finland

  • Active collaboration (21 university libraries)

  • National services provided by the National Library

    • Linnea2 Consortium (Voyager – the library system)

    • FinELib Consortium (Nat. Electr. Library), Metalib/Ex Libris portal and SFX


The council for finnish university libraries

The Council for Finnish University Libraries

  • Strategy 2003-2007

  • Strategy 2007-2012

    • Vision : Finnish university libraries – the heart of the infrastructure of high-level research and teaching.

  • http://www.nationallibrary.fi/libraries/council.html

  • Main projects

    • Competence map (to 2010)

    • Collection mapping

    • Information Literacy – joint development

    • A Study on Financing Structures and Practices

    • Quality and Impact assessment


Basic facts university of helsinki

Basic facts : University of Helsinki

  • Established in Turku in 1640

  • Transferred to Helsinki in 1828

  • Degree students 38 000

  • Teachers,researchers 3 700

  • Other staff 3 800

  • Degrees 2005 4 300

    • doctorates 400


Information literacy experiences of the finnish university libraries

Libraries on four campuses HU

ViikkiCampus

Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, Faculty of Biosciences,Faculty of Pharmacy,Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

students 6 400,

staff 2 500

Viikki Science Library

Meilahti Campus

Faculty of Medicine

students 2 300 staff 1 500

HUCH 10 000

National Library of Health Sciences

City Centra Campus

Faculty of Theology,Faculty of Law,Faculty of Arts,Faculty of Behavioural Sciences,Faculty of Social Sciences

students 22 000, staff 3 000

National LibraryUndergraduate Libraryfive faculty libraries

Kumpula Campus

Faculty of Science

students 7 000, staff 1 000

Kumpula Science Library


Information literacy finnish academic libraries

Information Literacy & Finnish academic libraries

  • A long tradition of library instruction but varied ways

  • Past 10 years

    • Learner-centred & problem-based learning model

    • E-library increasing fast

    • New demands on the libraries


Information literacy experiences of the finnish university libraries

Curriculum Plan for Information Literacy: a Joint Virtual University Project of the Finnish University Libraries 2004-2006

  • The project coordinator: the University of Helsinki

  • http://www.helsinki.fi/infolukutaito/english/index.htm

  • The aim of libraries:

    • to inform decision makers at all levels and

    • to integrate IL into academic studies and

    • to test the implementation of IL with different projects

  • A framework: Information Literacy Compentency Standards / ALA 2000

    • Learner-centredpoint-of-view; What kind of skills the students need?


Il as a part of the strategies the national level

IL as a part of the strategies: the national level

  • The Ministry of Education; the Dev. Plan for Education and Research 2003-2008

    • Libraries contributing the development of teaching and study methods and for their part to ensure that graduates have good information literacy

  • A strategy of the Council of Finnish University Libraries 2003 – 2006 (new: 2007-2012)

    • Right timing and good marketing needed

    • A shared vision important

  • Strategies at the University level incl. IL


Integration into the bologna process

Integration into the Bologna process

  • New degrees at the Finnish universities 1.8.2005-

  • Recommendation for universities for including IL compentency in the new degree structures

    • drawn up by the steering group of the national IL project and

    • shared with the coordinators of the Bologna process in the universities in June 2004

  • A survey 2005 – libraries reported usefulness of the recommendation

  • The joint website has given visibility at the national and international level


Collaboration is essential 1

Collaboration is essential (1)

  • Libraries´ networks on the national level

    • A network of specialists

    • Seminars and conferences

    • The website

  • Collaboration on the university level

    • Faculties and teachers, IT department & libraries teaching the students

    • The teachers´ IL education


Collaboration is essential 2

Collaboration is essential (2)

  • International networks and collaboration

    • NordINFOLIT: http://www.nordinfolit.org/

    • Steering group: all Scandinavian countries

    • Summerschool

    • Seminars

    • Creating Knowledge

    • EnIL

    • IFLA IL section (Eva Tolonen from Finland)

    • Collaboration with Croatia, Slovenia

    • Contacts with The US, Australia etc.


Assessing il skills

Assessing IL skills

  • Assessing the quality of all academic skills (background)

  • The national IL project has launched a joint question bank

  • Questions are divided into four categories

    • Defining the topic

    • Selecting information topics

    • Information retrieval: planning and executing information searches

    • Evaluating and using information (sources)

  • Questions are divided also into three levels

    • New students – Basics in IL

    • BA level – IL in intermediate level studies

    • MA level – IL in advanced level studies

  • Creative Commons Attribution


Assessing il skills 2

Assessing IL skills (2)

  • The test can be used for the measurement of the baseline level in order to direct students most proper teaching groups

  • Feedback important

  • Updating

    • Responsibility to update the question bank shared by the IL specialists and Tritonia Library in Vaasa

    • Responsibility to update the software: the Finnish Virtual University


How to promote il

How to promote IL?

  • Libraries should play an active role

  • Good collaboration with the teachers and administration and IT departments

  • Key persons and leaders of the universities

  • The Ministry responsible for education and research

  • The Parliament members

  • European university and library networks and organisations


Thank you for your attention

Thank you for your attention!

Kaisa Sinikara

[email protected]

University of Helsinki

Finland

IL-website

http//www.helsinki.fi/infolukutaito

UH Libraries:

http//www.helsinki.fi/kirjastot/eng


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