Information literacy

May 13, 2007 at 3:00 am Leave a comment

Flower - ThailandI’m currently preparing an Information Literacy programme for a client, so have been heavily researching. I’ve come across some great resources that are well worth sharing with you. First up is University of South Australia, InfoGate 2007 – a programme designed to open gateways to information. Online information literacy tutorials cover topics such as: filtering and evaluating information; search strategies; determining your information needs; types of sources; point of view etc. Obviously aimed at University students, this programme is a great starting point to equip students with the critical skills necessary to become independent lifelong learners. Victoria University (New Zealand) has a similar programme with useful pre-and post-module exercises to self-check understanding.

The International Information Literacy Resources Directory (IFLA) is a database stuffed full of information literacy materials for sharing from all around the world. Here I found a fabulous resource – 21st Century Literacies – which is a curriculum built around the theme Managing Information in a Digital Age. Here you can see lesson plans are broken down by Grade K-12 level.

I also found the ALA Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education of interest, particularly the performance indicators.

And finally, I came across the Information Fluency wiki and a list of the Top 25 Web 2.0 search engines, which I found an eye-opener. I’m probably “behind the times’ as I wasn’t aware of Huckabuck or Kartoo. And this led me to having some fun with KWMap and Mnemomap. KWMap describes itself as a “keyword map for the whole internet”. If you type in a keyword, let’s say knowledge, an interface pops up, which basically depicts associative relationships. Here’s the KWMap showing knowledge. Clicking on any node in the visual map takes you off to another layer of concepts – I got lost in this for quite some time, it’s fascinating. Try it yourself!

Then there’s, Mnemomap, which is still in alpha but combines social networking concepts and search engines to refine search queries by providing alternative or additional search parameters on-the-fly. Live search results are shown. This is funky stuff! try searching knowledge and see what happens before your very eyes.

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Entry filed under: Information literacy, Library 2.0, Useful resources, Web 2.0.

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