Information literacy – context is all

CILIP in Scotland kicked off the 2011 Continuing Professional Development Programme last month with an event on information literacy held at the Mitchell Library, Glasgow.

‘Information literacy – what’s in it for you?’ sold out very quickly and  delegates were attracted to the event by a mix of presentations and interactive workshops.  Ably chaired by Christine Irving, who formerly headed up the Scottish Information Literacy Framework Project at Glasgow Caledonian University, the morning sessions featured a range of high quality speakers addressing the topic of information literacy across the sectors. Dr Mark Hepworth of Loughborough University did a brilliant job of  explaining why we all need to be information literate by contextualising information literacy  as a skill for citizenship (empowerment, participation, informed decision making, democracy and building social capital) and locating it as a ‘culture’ rather than a skillset .  He was followed by Alison McAllister from North Ayrshire Council who explored the importance of information literacy in schools with the roll out of the Curriculum for Excellence. Michelle Drumm and Ian Watson from IRISS picked up on the theme of context again as they explored information literacy in the workplace.  All the presentations are available to view here.

The afternoon sessions gave delegates an opportunity to engage with these ideas in an interactive way by playing the information literacy game with Lesley Thomson and Jenny Foreman of the Scottish Government and trying out the award winning PADDI app designed by Dundee College and the JISC Regional Support Centre Scotland North and East, part of the AccessApps suite of software.

What did delegates think of the event overall?

‘A perfectly balanced programme’



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