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1 A Conversation Re Information Fluency: What? Why? How? David G. Brown VP, Dean (ICCEL), Professor (Economics) Wake Forest University Montreal. June 6, DEFINITION: Our students will graduate with “information fluency” when they can find, evaluate, adapt, organize, and use data!

2 Metaphors for Achieving Information Fluency Drive a car Pass drivers’ exam Use a library Write an essay Give a speech Name State Capitals Check the two that for you come closest! Program a VCR Understand tennis Play tennis Speak French

3 Components of Information Fluency Find materials on the web & in print Evaluate materials on the web & in print Create a Spreadsheet Create a Web Page in html Place information on the web & in print Organize information against hypotheses Know where to get help when stumped Recognize the perishability of information Check all that apply & add others.

4 WHY INFORMATION FLUENCY? …the institutional answer Communication & Community! Level Playing Field After College Use Faculty/Students Demand Them Customized/Personalized Digitized Scholarship Marketable Difference

5 WHY INFORMATION FLUENCY? …the faculty answer Interactive Learning Collaborative Learning Communication Visualization Different Strokes for Different Folks From Interactive Learning (Anker Publishing Co., January 2000.)

6 Possible Actions Politic for “Information Fluency” & Funding Purchase & Manage Electronic Databases (Library) Define “information fluency” minimums (faculty) Teach assuming “information fluency” (faculty) Judge the wisdom of a requirement (faculty) Monitor the quality of “fluency” training Train All Students (Just in Time) Train Faculty and Staff Certify Information Fluency


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