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1 © James Rettig, 2002 Information Fluency— A new Idea? Jim Rettig University Librarian University of Richmond Or Same Old, Same Old?

2 © James Rettig, 2002 Permission to use this PowerPoint™ for public presentation is granted to current faculty, staff, and students of the Associated Colleges of the South. Reproduction in whole or in part in print, electronic, digital, or any other medium without express written permission of the copyright holder is strictly forbidden. Associated Colleges of the South © James Rettig, 2002 For optimum information value, this presentation is best viewed in the “notes page” view. Boatwright Memorial Library University of Richmond Richmond, VA

3 © James Rettig, 2002 Multiple stakeholders in IF Faculty Librarians Information Technologists Students ACS Project brings all of them together :

4 © James Rettig, 2002 Two groups have claimed IF ACRL “Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education” html html ACRL “Objectives for Information Literacy Instruction: A Model Statement for Academic Librarians” infolit.html infolit.html Information Technologists National Research Council “The Intellectual Framework of Fluency with Information Technology” in Being Fluent with Information Technology X/html/15.html#pagetop X/html/15.html#pagetop Librarians

5 © James Rettig, 2002 ACRL emphasizes “the information process” Identifying an information need Knowing when and how to seek information Evaluating that information Synthesizing the relevant information

6 © James Rettig, 2002 NRC emphasizes “the technological infrastructure” Applying appropriate information technologies to problems Maintaining knowledge of computers, networks, systems, etc. Mastering concepts about IT

7 © James Rettig, 2002 ACRL & NRC intersect on The ability to navigate through information structures to retrieve information The need to evaluate information retrieved through various information structures

8 © James Rettig, 2002 ACS’s current model Implies a false dichotomy between Information Literacy & Computer Literacy master slide

9 © James Rettig, 2002 Three Silos

10 © James Rettig, 2002 Faculty do IF instinctively It’s simply part of their ongoing research Move seamlessly among means of information gathering, evaluation, handling

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12 Students need to learn it Don’t enter college understanding IF concepts & skills Need to learn at least the essentials Benefit from linear presentation

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14 Six essential elements of IF 1.Recognition of need for information 2.Formulation of a plan to obtain it 3.Discovery, identification, retrieval 4.Evaluation and selection 5.Synthesis of knowledge or creation of new knowledge 6.Presentation or publication to an audience

15 © James Rettig, 2002 Six essential elements of IF 1.Recognition of need for information 2.Formulation of a plan to obtain it 3.Discovery, identification, retrieval 4.Evaluation and selection 5.Synthesis of knowledge or creation of new knowledge 6.Presentation or publication to an audience

16 © James Rettig, 2002 Six essential elements of IF 1.Recognition of need for information 2.Formulation of a plan to obtain it 3.Discovery, identification, retrieval 4.Evaluation and selection 5.Synthesis of knowledge or creation of new knowledge 6.Presentation or publication to an audience

17 © James Rettig, 2002 Six essential elements of IF 1.Recognition of need for information 2.Formulation of a plan to obtain it 3.Discovery, identification, retrieval 4.Evaluation and selection 5.Synthesis of knowledge or creation of new knowledge 6.Presentation or publication to an audience

18 © James Rettig, 2002 Six essential elements of IF 1.Recognition of need for information 2.Formulation of a plan to obtain it 3.Discovery, identification, retrieval 4.Evaluation and selection 5.Synthesis of knowledge or creation of new knowledge 6.Presentation or publication to an audience

19 © James Rettig, 2002 Six essential elements of IF 1.Recognition of need for information 2.Formulation of a plan to obtain it 3.Discovery, identification, retrieval 4.Evaluation and selection 5.Synthesis of knowledge or creation of new knowledge 6.Presentation or publication to an audience

20 © James Rettig, 2002 What’s new about IF? Information Technology Quick, convenient access to a world of information and PLUS

21 © James Rettig, 2002 Faculty awareness of student’s uncritical use of information and information technology and their need to learn IF concepts and skills

22 © James Rettig, 2002

23 Goal is not Mini-Academics IF an essential life skill Students need it beyond academics Judging graduate programs or professional schools Choosing among pre-approved credit card offers Researching a company prior to an employment interview Planning travels


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