Information literacy champions in public libraries

Information Literacy logoInformation literacy hasn’t always been a term that public libraries have used much, despite ‘doing’ many of the things associated with it, such as helping users with their search methods, helping them evaluate different information resources, helping with ICT skills, suggesting other resources (e.g. authors – more usually called reader development).

But Phase 3 of the successful Welsh Information Literacy Project (WILP) is now developing a very enthusiastic and skilled group of information literacy champions in public libraries in Wales (alongside other tasks including accredited training units in information literacy).

You can read the excellent guest blog post about this aspect of the project on the Information Literacy website. Their blog post also has lots of useful links to further information.

The WILP receives a grant from CyMAL, although we can take none of the credit for the successful first two years (hosted by Cardiff University) and now this third year at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai.

About alysontyler

Civil servant, yoga teacher and former librarian.
This entry was posted in Information literacy, Public libraries, Wales and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to Information literacy champions in public libraries

  1. Hywel James says:

    You are right that Information literacy hasn’t always been a term that public libraries have used much, and I hope that it stays that way! No I am not suggesting that public library staff do not engage with this important area of activity but that the term itself is more of a hindrance than a help !i

    One of the major tasks of the public library IL champions will be to enthuse staff convincing them of the importance of their work in ‘information services ‘ , especially supporting and developing their skills in helping the user find what they need and developing the users skills also . As you point out they are ‘doing’ many of the things needed already but they will need to get used to doing much more . Just as the People’s Network was a step change for PLS staff – post People’s
    Network requires another step change in staff awareness and attitude – ‘we can do this’….

    One concern I have in this area is the importance of connecting IL with Digital Literacy – the pace of change with regard to the use of digital devices , tablet computers and smart phones in particular , is startling – especially for those of us who still remember Ceefax as cutting edge technology and mourn the loss of its simple provision !. Can we be ahead of the curve in the digital era instead of always playing catch-up wonder?

    • alysontyler says:

      Diolch yn fawr for your insightful comments Hywel. You’re right to raise the digital question – in terms of digital skills of staff, but also digital literacy of the public / library users. And with the ‘digital by default’ agenda in Westminster, more users are going to need to use digital devices to participate as a citizen. I think ‘information literacy’ does implicitly include digital literacy, but it’s something we could consider in more detail maybe in future projects?

  2. Pingback: Information literacy champions in public libraries | Public Library Info Lit Champions |

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s