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It's time to move beyond information literacy and take up the task of understanding and disseminating information culture.

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  • 1. Thinking Bigger: Information Culture Literacy James W.Marcum, PhD Queens College GSLIS, City University of new York

2. INFORMATION LITERACY: LEGACY AND PROMISE Achievements: IL lectures and presentations Courses Core requirements Accreditation expectations Adoption as basic human right (UNESCO) Criticisms Too narrow (academic/library) About information and the internet Lack of agreement about its name Lack of support administrative; invisible 3. Amazon: Top (selling) 55 books on IL 13 Teaching and instruction ~ 5 Effectiveness Assessment Student engagement Offering IL Online Improving IL services (and thereby the library) NOT MUCH ABOUT SUCH LITERACIES AS: Media, Visual, Multi-media, Network, ICT OR SUCH TOPICS AS: Multi-cultural, Self-knowledge, Career preparation realities, Knowledge-building, 4. SELF-IMPOSED LIMITATIONS OF IL Locked in to traditional educational practice Information search and use Instruction based Content transfer generic Some skill development generic Push paradigm: whats known to those who dont yet When whats needed is Learning based Learning and research methods (for discovery) Pull the information and knowledge to where it is needed Contextual skills needed by individual or group 5. So, where does IL stand? NAME? IL, ITL, ITC, Info Fluency, Media , Visual?? 6. BIGGER: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE 7. CHALLENGES: Information Culture Literacy Libraries, especially those in academe, must be prepared to deal with several major issues already visible today: Networks: not yet utilizing their power The New Knowledge; just Big Data? Media and Visual Literacy 21st Century Skills Open Education Reading and Research Corporate challenge over intellectual content Each challenge also provides an opportunity for IL practitioners and their sponsoring libraries 8. CHALLENGES: NETWORKS 9. Ongoing Transformation: What REALLy characterizes our age? 10. Ongoing Transformation : What characterizes our age? 11. Challenge: New Knowledge 12. A visual culture is taking over the world Our literacy and communication skills in decline Not dealing with the visual ecology/telematic embrace Factors: (beyond media, MTV, entertainment) Design replacing planning and freelancing Architecture, fashion, or new initiatives Slow death of newspaper/print culture John Naisbitt, Mind Set! (2006): 113-155. 13. Morphing images: How can you trust ? 14. Visualizing top US population centers 15. 21st Century Skills Information, Media, Technology Information, Media, ICT Literacy Life and Career Skills Adaptability Initiative Accountability Leadership Learning and Innovation Skills Creativity and Innovation Crtical Thinking and Problem Solving Communication and Collaboration (Consultants, Associations over professors 16. CORPORATE / MEDIA POWER 17. CORPORATE CULTURE 18. INFORMATION CULTURE (IC) Not yet an established term, concept Some intenational definitions and approaches Not information society (ITL) but information culture encompasses social, cultural, and economic transformations * Gendina, Info. Culture in Information Society From culture of information to informational culture, ie from search, use of information to empowerment to participaten todays IC; empowered to the new life Y. Maury, University of Artois IC as librarians space we do not own; blogs and social media a essential today, so IC belongs to the young O. Le Deuff, Bordeaux IL socially constructed, trial and error, learn from practice A. Lloyd, Australia 19. Getting Beyond Instruction Authority figure Passive learning Faculty-focused Discipline-determined Context-free Grades as purpose 20. TO INQUIRY & DISCOVERY 21. LIBRARY ReGENESIS Developing new roles beyond Information artifacts Study places Community gatherings IL for everyday information (community, jobs, health) To bigger visions: Collaborative knowledge creation (Lankes) Experiential Learning Centers of Learning Literacies, from Reading to Research to Library College of Inquiry and Discovery 22. PERSONAL INFORMATION CULTURE Includes ones personal outlook(motivation, system of knowledge and skills), autonomous interaction for successful professional engagement. N. Gendina, Kemerovo Research Insititute, Kuzbas, Russia Move beyond search and use information to Utilizing the power of the Network to create systems identifying expertise, skills, experience available everywhere and deliverable anywhere Supporting development of identity and life planning as the foundation of Personal information Culture Utilizing informal learning as well as formal Open Education (not just Open Access) DIY U 23. Informatorium Research and development for a new generation space of information culture Hyperintegrated space for every aspects of information culture Tools, services, activities, communities Dissemination, exhibition, incubation, training Simultaneously working space, demonstration space and event venue Visitors, students, teachers, researchers, decision makers, public servants, businessmen University of Szeged Hungarian IFAP Committee Lszl Z. KARVALICS 24. LIBRARY COLLEGE OF INQUIRY AND DISCOVERY (LCID) Interface for participation: Local tutors (for novices) Linked to other expertise (scholars/academicians) to serve the next level of literates needing direction Utilizing the valuable resources already gathered and made available (increasing the value) Profession create its own documenting/ credentialing program as is common in professional development Formal, for credit AND informal learning 25. TWO PATHS for LIS DEGREE PATH: Bachelors, Masters, Doctorates PATH addressing the challenges of INFORMATION CULTURE and not just access and use Networks: not yet utilizing their power The New Knowledge; just Big Data? Media and Visual Literacy 21st Century Skills Open Education Reading and Research Corporate challenge over intellectual content TOO BIG for our traditional practice (Weinberger) 26. The METHODOLOGY is Available Guided Inquiry: Rich learning environment Intervention, at critical moment Frequent feedback Assessment Connects learning to students life, interests, goals, questions C. Kuhlthau, et al. (2007) Guided Inquiry: Learning in the 21st Century. But dont have to stop at IL/Learning divide