Category "Faculty/Staff"

Category "Information Literacy"

Category "Students"

Category "Teaching Resources"

Category "University of Minnesota"

September 1, 2005

Library Teaching Fellows Program

This August, the University of Minnesota libraries and the Center for Teaching and Learning sponsored a library fellowship program. A primary goal of this fellowship program was to support faculty, instructional staff, and teaching assistants in designing courses with thoughtful components of information literacy. This program was being pilot tested this fall; hopefully, it will be offered again in the near future.

Posted by chri1010 at 2:04 PM | Faculty/Staff | Information Literacy | Students | Teaching Resources | University of Minnesota

Category "Information Literacy"

Emma B. Howe Teen Central at Minneapolis Public Library

Earlier this year, the Minneapolis public library announced the creation of a new teen space at the library. While the space has been "designed by teens for teens," librarians have also been thoughtful about making sure that the space can also be used to develop teens' information literacy.

Access a full article on this topic here.

Posted by chri1010 at 11:50 AM | Information Literacy

Category "Definitions"

Category "Information Literacy"

August 26, 2005

21st Century Learning and Information Literacy

This article from Change (2005) by Patricia Senn Breivik broadly considers the centrality of information literacy in teaching and learning in higher education. This article asserts the need for information literacy skills to be taught within the classroom context. Additionally, a key assertion of this article is that information literacy is an umbrella term, under which other types of literacy (including “computer literacy”) falls.

The article is available online through the university library.

Posted by chri1010 at 12:56 PM | Definitions | Information Literacy

Category "Information Literacy"

Category "Standards"

August 4, 2005

Information Literacy Competency Standareds for Higher Education

The American Library Association has developed Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.
The full set of standards can be accessed online, or purchased as a brochure for a nominal fee. Both options are available here.

In explaining the relationship between information literacy and technology, the ALA explains:

"Fluency'" with information technology may require more intellectual ability than the rote learning of software and hardware associated with "computer literacy," but the focus is still on the technology itself. Information literacy, on the other hand, is an intellectual framework for understanding, finding, evaluating, and using information--activities which may be accomplished in part by fluency with information technology, in part by sound investigative methods, but most important, through critical discernment and reasoning. Information literacy initiates, sustains, and extends lifelong learning through abilities which may use technologies but are ultimately independent of them. (p. 3)

The Standards themselves are included with performance indicators and outcomes. The Standards were designed specifically for assessment purposes, and are thoroughly explained on the website. Briefly, the five standards are as follows:

    1. The information literate student determines the nature and extent of the information needed.


    2. The information literate student accesses needed information effectively and efficiently.


    3. The information literate student evaluates information and its sources critically and incorporates selected information into his or her knowledge base and values system.


    4. The information literate student, individually or as a member of a group, uses information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose.


    5. 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.

Posted by chri1010 at 12:40 PM | Information Literacy | Standards

Category "Information Literacy"

Category "Resources"

Category "Technology Literacy"

Category "University of Minnesota"

June 29, 2005

Tech Talk

Tech Talk is a 30 minute television program hosted by Susan McKinnell. Produced by the University of Minnesota, the show airs Sundays at 9:00 pm on Twin Cities Public Television channel 17.

Tech Talk is designed to introduce viewers to a wide range of technologies and technology issues. Program topics covered have included using a digital camera, computer viruses, identity theft, etc. A complete listing of the program schedule can be found here.

Previous episodes are available, both as streaming video and as transcripts. Tech Talk also has a lengthy glossary of tech terms. An additional Tech Talk resource is that readers/viewers can submit questions, and the answers are then posted on the Tech Talk site. A complete listing of questions thus far is available here.

Posted by chri1010 at 2:58 PM | Information Literacy | Resources | Technology Literacy | University of Minnesota

Category "Beyond Minnesota Borders"

Category "Beyond Minnesota Borders"

Category "Information Literacy"

Category "K-12"

Category "Standards"

Category "Technology Literacy"

Wisconsin's Model Academic Standards for Information and Technology Literacy

Our neighbors to the east have developed a set of standards for K-12. Link to the PDF of the full report, including the standards, here.

Posted by chri1010 at 2:05 PM | Beyond Minnesota Borders | Beyond Minnesota Borders | Information Literacy | K-12 | Standards | Technology Literacy

Category "Information Literacy"

Category "Technology Literacy"

Category "University of Minnesota"

4-H and Technology

The 4-H youth programs sponsored by the University of Minnesota Extension Service have several initiatives related to information technology. The full description of 4-H's technology programs can be found on their website. Currently, their website has information from a few years back. When I get an update on their programs, I'll post it here.

Posted by chri1010 at 1:41 PM | Information Literacy | Technology Literacy | University of Minnesota

Category "Information Literacy"

Category "Resources"

Category "University of Minnesota"

June 24, 2005

Undergraduate Virtual Library

In an effort to help undergraduates better manage information, the University of Minnesota Libraries have developed the Undergraduate Virtual Library, currently in beta. This task-based library interface offers a Search function that searches across multiple library databases, much like a Google search. Other features of note include the full-text finder, which locates a full-text journal article with citation information; the assignment calculator; and the research quickstart, which helps locate appropriate databases for a wide range of content areas.

Posted by chri1010 at 10:59 AM | Information Literacy | Resources | University of Minnesota

Category "Information Literacy"

Category "Resources"

Category "Technology Literacy"

Pew report on the Internet and American Life

This report on internet usage by US Americans suggests that while, "for the most part, the online world mirrors the offline world (p. 58), the internet has also created a space for people to do things previously unimagined: sharing information via blogs; music sharing; rating people, services and products (p. 58). In addition to documenting current usage levels, the Pew report also considers the future, with implications for technology and information literacy:

"In the future, wireless connectivity will increase through laptops, cell phones, and personal digital devices such as Palm Pilots and Blackberries. Phones themselves will increasingly become powerful computing and gaming devices. More things will become connected to the itnernet, from cars to home appliances to jewelry. And more meaning will be extracted from the information online as search engines get better and as connections between related bits of data grow" (p. 69).

The full report from Pew is available as a PDF here.

Posted by chri1010 at 10:23 AM | Information Literacy | Resources | Technology Literacy

Category "Information Literacy"

Category "University of Minnesota"

June 21, 2005

Course Description: Information Literacy

Here's a description of a course offered at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus, designed to promote information literacy. Be sure to check out the Course Schedule at OneStop to find out when it is offered.

ABus 4031—Accessing and Using Information Effectively
Information resources available to businesses and how to use these resources. The course begins with conceptualization of the role of information in business operations including information systems and data management. A typology of information is represented and applied in short case studies and exercises including data-based, text-based, verbal, written, and multimedia forms of information. Accessing external information for the firm is reviewed through experiences with library resources such as information search services, CD-ROM, and periodicals. Accessing internal information for the firm is reviewed through experiences with a desktop database system and electronic mail or computer conferencing.

Posted by chri1010 at 3:09 PM | Information Literacy | University of Minnesota

Category "Assessment"

Category "Information Literacy"

Category "Resources"

June 15, 2005

ETS's Information and Communications Technology Test

Educational Testing Services has been developing an Information and Communications Technology Literacy Assessment, or the ICT Literacy Assessment.

An interesting feature of the assessment is that it uses school and workplace scenarios as the context for assessments. Students are given a scenario in which they must create a graph for a presentation, for example. In another case, students must conduct a boolean search, and the assessment judges the student based on their use of search terms, as well as their ability to respond to the computer's suggestions on how to improve the search.

More information on the assessment too, including an interactive demo, can be found on the ETS website.

In addition, National Public Radio recently did a short feature on the ICT assessment. That story can be downloaded here.

Posted by chri1010 at 11:18 AM | Assessment | Information Literacy | Resources