Information literacy: A driving engine for economic success
Barbie E. Keiser, BEK Inc.
Presented research on the effects of information literacy in society; how information literacy affects socio-economic and political development.
Results from Central and Eastern European countries for indicators such as GDP, employment, employee education levels, productivity cross-referenced with demographic data, literacy levels, telecoms, broadband access, number of libraries, IT-penetration, cellphone distribution and governmental information literacy programmes.
Identified that information literacy did indeed contribute to a country’s socio-economic success in numerous ways, and that companies and governments should be aware of this fact when planning education policy.
How to be a teacher librarian
Mariann Løkse, University of Tromsø
Our friend and colleague Mariann gave a highly relevant presentation on the practical aspects of teaching information literacy at university.
Mariann focussed on a few key components involved in getting your message across; these can be broken down into the following:
- knowing what level your students are at
- knowing the technology you use
- being directly relevant to the needs of the current audience
- teaching the people who teach the students, students trust their teachers’ judgment
- use examples to get your point across
- use activities to kickstart the learning process
- be enthusiastic about your topic, build the students’ engagement
This is all very much hands-on advice that can be applied to us at NTNU, and gives good pointers to how information literacy should be taught — which is doubly important if this becomes an obligatory part of student education. (Note: Mariann gets extra points for using a Doctor Who quotation!)