Thomas Jefferson said of information, "Information is the currency of democracy." As librarians we must promote this idea in any way we can including educating people so that they are Information literate. Some ways in which we can do so are by offering resources to educators (of all grades/levels-early intervention is key) and our patrons, which includes passing out helpful brochures and conducting workshops. Humes (2002-2004) stated, " The goal is to prepare students early on to "learn how to learn" and carry these skills into other areas of their lives so that they can be independent seekers and consumers of information throughout their lives."The Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT)- a roundtable of the ALA, advocates for "library instruction and information literacy as a part of lifelong learning. LIRT supports librarians engaged in library instruction and information literacy in all types of libraries." They have many resources for educators and librarians which would be useful. Visit them at : http://www3.baylor.edu/LIRT/ The Detroit Public Library (as do a lot of other libraries) offers several free public access workshops for using the internet. These include workshops on how to conduct searches in the catalog or on the web and how to find jobs. For descriptions and schedule, see: http://detroitpubliclibrary.org/internet_lab/computer_workshop_schedule.htm. The Florida International University Libraries developed a selective bibliography on information literacy. Check it out : http://www.fiu.edu/~library/ili/biblio.html. There are also other organizations which have created selective bibliographies as well; the ALA is of course one of them. These are just a small number of the organizations/associations in which plenty of relevanet and useful sources are available to librarians and eucactors and students. We can pass this information out in pamphlets or we can direct individuals/patrons to certain websites or organiztions which help give them tips or hands-on training for becoming information literate. In addition to this we, as librarians or educators, can opt to implement specific models such as the Big6 (see: http://www.big6.com/ ) in teaching information literacy. As mentioned libraries can also conduct free or low cost workshops as well.
Do you think that passing out pamphlets which contain selected bibliogrpahies on information literacy for the general public/college students is appropraite and useful? Or should those only be for the librarians to use as catalysts in teaching Information literacy ?
As a librarian what approach would you take to teach information literacy?
Do you think that Librarians have an equal role in teaching information literacy or is it the main responsibility of teachers to do so?
Library instruction Round Table. (October 9,2008.) Retrieved Novemeber 02,2008, from, http://www3.baylor.edu/LIRT/
Humes, B. (2004). Understanding Information Literacy. Retrieved November 9,2008,from, http://www.libraryinstruction.com/infolit.html
The Big 6 Information & Technology Skills for Student Achievement. (2008.) Retrieved November 1,2008, from, http://www.big6.com/
Technology, Literacy, and Career Center. (2006) Retrieved October 31, 2008, from, http://detroitpubliclibrary.org/internet_lab/computer_workshop_schedule.htm