Information Literacy has been around for at least three decades, and this term probably remains the best way to CONNECT different types of libraries (e.g. public, academic, school, special) with an educational mission: equipping learners with knowledge and skills to “identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively use that information for the issue or problem at hand.”
International and national movements to build a consensus and momentum for information literacy educational roles are exemplified at my own USA campus with a concerted effort to CONNECT library education efforts to educational competencies and outcomes. Check out this campus guide by my new mentor, Linda Cifelli :
Linda and thousands of other information professionals have take their launching point from the Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education (“the Standards”) , first adopted in 2000. ACRL decided to engage in a process to take into account the big changes we also identify with CONNECTED LEARNERS. The ongoing process has been accompanied by persistant calls to develop new approaches to describe the CONNECTED world of online knowledge that goes beyond the core standards of articles and databases and bibliographies to represent student research findings. Metaliteracy describes the confluence of transliteracy, media literacy, digital literacy, all with the possibility of students making and creating things. This blog will hopefully continue the discussion.