Spotlight on the Learner: a Third Dimension of Information Literacy

Your Name and Title: Mary Iber, Consulting Librarian for the Sciences & Kinesiology and College Archivist

Library, School, or Organization Name: Cole Library, Cornell College

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Mount Vernon, Iowa,  USA, Central Time Zone

Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience(s): Those interested in thinking about information literacy from the point-of-view of the knower (learner)

Short Session Description (one line):  We will discuss the missing element of Information Literacy Models: the person behind the process and the product.

Full Session Description (as long as you would like): The digital age has made it possible for researchers to more readily share articles and trends from all continents. Looking at Information Literacy (IL) models from around the world reveals that the primary emphasis is on the process, with the product being the secondary emphasis. Trends in education emphasize the importance of the learner  (e.g. learner-centered education). In current IL models, the learner is generally implied. This session will discuss how  including the learner in our models would contribute to a more complete understanding of Information Literacy. We will discuss research from educational and psychological literature that illustrate barriers to learning as well as strategies that can be used to minimize those barriers.

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This session sounds great, Mary!  I'm looking forward to learning about your research!


I strongly agree with you, Mary! Although research ethics and learning community aspects have been gradually added into Information Literacy Standards, learners, a much more complex aspects, and who determine the ultimate goals of Information Literacy, haven't been emphasized enough.



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