Monday, June 20, 2005

Blended Librarianship etc.

Hey Lauren,

I haven’t forgotten you. We’ve just been in summer mode and actually there’s lots of competition for online access at my house. I found an interesting article in American Libraries (April 2005), 36 (4) 68-71, by Steven J. Bell, “Creating Community Online.” Apparently in academic libraries there is interest in what is called a “blended librarian”: part traditional library science skills, part knowledge of instructional design, and part technology theory and practice. “In this paradigm, the librarian is not necessarily the frontline educator but uses an array of skills to support teachers in advancing information literacy,” (p.69). I found it an interesting connection – there’s instructional design (cool, huh?) as well as info literacy.

They have a website of sorts:

Blended librarianship sounds a lot like the roles for school library media as set out in Information Power (1998): Teaching and Learning; Information Access and Delivery; and Program Management along with these strands: collaboration, technology, and collaboration. I think we are on to something with our K-12/Academic collaboration. It seems to me that the different branches of librarianship have a lot to learn from each other – doesn’t it surprise you that we don’t collaborate more often? I’m thinking that that sort of information sharing is really an example of information literacy and comes back to my query: Are we (the information professionals) information literate?

Standard 9: The student who contributes positively to the learning community and to society is information literate and participates effectively in groups to pursue and generate information.

Related to your comments about critiques of information literacy, I have an article in my files: Marcum, J.W. (2002). Rethinking information literacy. Library Quarterly 72 (1) 1-26 in which the author proposes, “That information literacy be refocused away from information toward learning, and beyond literacy in the direction of sociotechnical fluency.”

I'm headed to ALA and will keep my eyes out for Info. literacy -there's surprisingly little on the program.


Monday, June 13, 2005

Links & a workshop

Dear Sue,

I hope your summer is going well. I decided to take the Creating a Comprehensive Plan for Information Literacy workshop offered by ACRL. So far most of it is needs-assessment information, which reminds me of a lot of what we talked about in Bob's class.

As part of the needs assessment phase I've been looking into information literacy programs at universities. The following are schools that offer for-credit information literacy classes:

Iowa State University
Oklahoma State University
University of Missouri-Columbia
University of North Carolina-Asheville
University of Rhode Island
University of Richmond
Wake Forest University

I also have been scouting out local university library websites to see what is going on in our area. When looking at my alma mater's site I found a librarian's personal page. He raises a point that I think you'd find interesting from an article by Shapiro and Hughes. The issue is that "information literacy" is an ambiguous term. He thinks that people ought to consider who gets to decide what "information literacy" is and what the goals are.

Anyway, just some random IL thoughts on this overcast Monday.

I'll let you know what other interesting ideas come up through my work in this workshop.