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  1. Librarians Prepare for their Global Information Role in the 21st Century Hannelore B. Rader University of Louisville Louisville, Kentucky, US January 7, 2002 h.rader@louisville.edu

  2. Educational Environment in the 21st Century • Information Society • Knowledge-Based Economy • Changes in University Education • Virtual Universities-Virtual Libraries • Life-Long Learning • Convenient Learning Anytime/Anywhere • Collaboration between Business and Higher Education

  3. New Challenges in University Education Environment • Improve assessment and outcome measurements • Rethink the curriculum • Become more productive • Provide flexible learning and teaching • Deal with competition

  4. Librarian-Faculty Collaboration – Building Partnerships • Collection Development • Information Services • Document Delivery • Research Collaboration • Team Teaching • Information Literacy • Distance Education

  5. Information Literacy Defined • A set of abilities to • Recognize when information is needed • Locate and evaluate information • Effectively and responsibly use information

  6. Information Literacy includes • Library literacy • Media literacy • Computer literacy • Internet literacy • Research literacy • Critical thinking skills

  7. ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Educationwww.ala.org./acrl.html • Development • Importance • Recommendations for Use • Use of Standards in the US, Mexico, Spain, Australia, Europe, South Africa

  8. Standard I • The information literate student determines the nature and extent of the information needed • Performance Indicators: • the information literate student defines and articulates the need for information • Outcomes: • Explores general information sources to increase familiarity with the topic

  9. Standard II The information literate student assesses needed information effectively and efficiently • Performance Indicators • selects the most appropriate investigative methods or information retrieval system for accessing the needed information • Outcome: • Investigates benefits and applicability of various investigative methods

  10. Standard III The information literate student evaluates information and its sources critically and incorporates selected information into his or her knowledge base and value system • Performance Indicators • summarizes the main ideas to be extracted from the information gathered • Outcome: • reads the text and selects main ideas

  11. Standard IV The information literate student, individually or as a member of a group, uses information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose • Performance Indicators • applies new and prior information to the planning and creation of a particular product or performance • Outcome: • organizes the content in a manner that supports the purposes and format of the product or performance

  12. Standard V The information literate student understands many of the economic, legal and social issues surrounding the use of information and accesses and uses information ethically and legally • Performance Indicators • acknowledges the use of information sources in communicating the product or performance • Outcome: • posts permission granted notices, as needed for copyrighted material

  13. Integrating Information Skills into the Curriculum: Collaborations with • Deans and Department Chairs • Faculty involved in curriculum development and new teaching initiatives • Faculty Development • Accreditation Requirements

  14. Teaching Information Skills • Develop teaching modules for • undergraduates • subject majors • graduate/professional programs • Develop online models (sample: http:// www.kyvl.org) • Use collaborative problem-solving techniques • Customize teaching to student level and knowledge base

  15. Some Model Programs • California State University-San Marcos http://library.csusm.edu/departments/ilp/ • University of California-Berkeley http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/ • Florida International Universityhttp://www.fiu.edu/%7Elibrary/ili/ilipropl.html • University of Louisvillehttp://www.louisville.edu/infoliteracy • University of Washingtonhttp://washington.edu/uwired • University of Wisconsin-Parkside http://www.uwp.edu/information.services/library/

  16. Expected Outcomes of Teaching Information Skills • Students become life-long learners • Students acquire critical thinking skills • Students are effective and efficient users of all types of information • Students use information responsibly • Students can be effective in doing research • Students are productive members of the workforce

  17. Successful Learning Environment • User-Friendly Physical Environment • Diverse Electronic Information Access • Successful Library Support of Distance Education • Librarian-Faculty Cooperation and Interaction • Collaborative Learning and Problem-Solving • Information Literate Citizens

  18. Concluding Remarks • A New Century – New Universities - New Library Initiatives • Repositioning Academic Librarians and Faculty • Partners in Teaching and Research • Knowledge Advisors and Trainers • Marketing and Public Relations • Preparing the Future Workforce • Partnerships with Business