Current Issue Coffee Club: March 2011 Archives
When: Wednesday, March 23 in Wilson S30A, 3:30-4:30
Reading: Moving away from practical we head towards the theoretical with: Sturges, Paul, and Almuth Gastinger. "Information Literacy as a Human Right." Libri 60.3 (2010): 195-202.
I enjoyed some of the definitions for Information Literacy highlighted in the article beyond the ALA definition from 1989--"To be information literate, a person must be able to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information."
"A set of competencies that an informed citizen of an information society ought to possess to participate intelligently and actively."
"Information Literacy is a basic condition for: learning for life; the creation of new knowledge; acquisition of skills; personal, vocational, corporate and organisational empowerment; social inclusion; participative citizenship; and innovation and enterprise."
I like this conclusion from the article: "what we in definitions such as this, is the writers striving to work out a strong rationale for an instructional activity that commons sense tells them is obviously worthwhile."
Question: How does how we frame IL effect what we focus on and how others see the importance/value of IL?
Last month the Twitterverse declared February 23rd to be Bart Simpson's birthday. Being a lifelong Simpsons fan I thought it was odd that I had never celebrated my yellow friends entry into the world before. The website SplitSider tracked down this erroneous birthday in a very interesting post on their site. (http://splitsider.com/2011/02/the-day-twitter-gave-birth-to-bart-simpson/). I will leave the details to their original post but effectively what happened was a global game of telephone. Ultimately the Chicago Tribune, Nexflix, Rolling Stone, and Columbia College Chicago added an air of credibility to this idea.
I was reading the article for the upcoming Current Issues Coffee Club - March, 23rd - and wondered if a society grounded in information literacy would spontaneously grant birthday's to our fictional friends?