Can public libraries, school libraries, academic libraries, and special libraries collaborate to promote information literacy and lifelong learning? Lifelong learning is not confined to childhood or the classroom, but takes place throughout a range of situations in life including the workplace. How do libraries of all kinds best engage with their communities and make creative partnerships to meet the challenges?
What has worked for you and your colleagues in helping children / students / teachers and faculty / job-seekers / veterans / seniors and more when teaching lifelong learning? How have you reached out to those in various library institutions to help each other with such efforts? Share your innovations, experimental attempts, successes and failures.
Kathy Gould, Director of the Palos Verdes Library District, will be the keynote speaker at the second annual LILi conference. Ms. Gould will address public library partnerships with schools and other community organizations, and how we work together to enhance both information literacy and lifelong learning. Michael Barb, School and Student Services Librarian at Palos Verdes Public Library, will add brief information regarding his work with schools. A panel of librarians from other types of libraries will react to the talk with ideas for bringing other types of libraries into the mix. The aim is to highlight a crucial area for cooperation and collaboration among different types of libraries toward a common goal: offering supportive, sequential information literacy instruction (ILI, including lifelong learning) for all levels and in all types of libraries.
Panel: Susie Chin, Glendale College and Sarah Clark, Windward School.
Information Literacy lies at the core of lifelong learning. It empowers people of all walks of life to seek, evaluate, use and create information effectively to achieve their personal, social, occupational and educational goals. It is a basic human right in a digital world and promotes social inclusion of all nations. – Alexandria Proclamation on Information Literacy and Lifelong Learning
Presentations (20 min)
Gaining Ground: Building Lifelong Information Literacy Skills
Building Lifelong Information Literacy Skills is a campus-community bridge program designed by University of Wisconsin - La Crosse librarians to bring awareness to and application of lifelong information literacy skills for local high school students as they transition to college.
Becoming solidly information literate takes more investment and training than is possible in one session. However, through group work and active learning activities, this workshop introduced vital notions of one’s place and responsibilities in an information culture. By strengthening critical thinking skills, participants advanced towards becoming more intuitive, efficient and knowledgeable information consumers in the complex information environment that they must navigate. Participants also learned tangible and concise information seeking skills, and tips and tricks for successful navigation of the many information sources available.
In addition to creating a campus-community bridge, an important aspect of the Gaining Ground program was assessment. The librarians involved were interested in measuring the effectiveness of the program and designed a pre/post-test assessment to accomplish this task. While the assessments were identical, the pre-test results allowed librarians to understand the Gaining Ground participants’ pre-existing information literacy knowledge, while the post-test allowed them to see the areas in which participants had improved throughout the day. Together, both sets of assessment data enabled librarians to measure how well the his session will describe a State Library pilot project to create a computer skills cooperative in Downtown Inglewood between several institutions, the Inglewood Public Library, the South Bay One-Stop Career Center, the Inglewood Adult School and West Los Angeles Community College. Using a hired Computer Literacy Coordinator, we intend to create a shared calendar of tutoring sessions and basic computer skills classes, matching vetted community college students to seniors, job seekers and other adults needing computer training. The coordinator would also be responsible for sampling short term satisfaction and long term outcomes.
Getting Students College-Career Ready
This session would present an initiative by Inland Empire Area librarians at the high school, college and university levels to develop a library bridge program to increase the college readiness of Inland area high school students. The organization, the Inland Library Collaboration Roundtable, is working to develop or revise lesson plans and other resources designed to foster the information literacy skills students will need when they arrive at college.
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