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Title: THE CHANGING FACE OF INFORMATION LITERACY: PACKAGING AND PRESENTING LIBRARY INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMMES
Authors: Roy Won
Felicia Chan
Keywords: Information literacy instructions
Library instructional programmes
Library service promotion
Public libraries
National Library Board Singapore
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Library and Information Science Unit
Abstract: In this paper, we will explore how public libraries in Singapore have restructured their information literacy (henceforth IL) packages to keep up with a young generation whose attention is split in many different ways. The key idea here is to interest and engage as opposed to simply delivering the tools required for someone to be rendered “information literate”. This requires a change in strategy. Firstly, librarians are geared to be more outward looking, seeking opportunities to present IL at schools and holding innovative workshops through the libraries. National Library Board, Singapore (NLB) has developed a holistic library information literacy courseware to be used in the elementary classroom. Secondly it is to incorporate the idea of “fun” into learning. Through interactive, games-based workshops - facilitated by the librarian – students aged 13 - 19 years learn valuable life skills like evaluating websites and using trusted information resources the library offers. For younger children, class presentation slides and materials, like the library children’s newsletter, are brought to schools. Bite-size information coupled with treasure hunts make their encounter with IL more memorable and hence more effective. Thirdly, it is to bring IL back to the library, keeping the students engaged and continuously learning. Interesting enquiries are also posted on the public library blog and physical library spaces – which point to relevant resources and referenced answers. The teens also have an opportunity to represent their schools by taking part in National Contests like “Prove it!” where they hunt answers to reference questions. Teaching IL, through these methods, becomes a two-way process and is no longer the traditional one-way delivery on the part of the librarian.
Description: Towards an information literate society: proceedings of the International Conference on Libraries, Information and Society, ICoLIS 2008, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, 18-19 November 2008
URI: http://dspace.fsktm.um.edu.my/handle/1812/296
ISBN: 978-983-43491-0-3
Appears in Collections:ICoLIS2008

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