There has been much information literacy (IL) activity in Aberdeenshire lately as Sue Cromar firstname.lastname@example.org their Information Literacy Officer outlines:
- draft IL Strategy, which includes reference to the Curriculum for Excellence
- paper drawn up for Aberdeenshire’s Literacy Steering Group on Supporting Literacies Across Learning, which includes elements of both IL and reader development.
- working on a CPD powerpoint for teaching staff on: What is IL? the skills, integrating IL, partnership opportunities etc.
- working with one of the local academies to get an IL course for S1s up on GLOW – including workbook, powerpoints and teachers notes for each lesson
- about to start working with Portlethen Academy to organise a shire-wide IL ‘competition’, based on a webquest they have been using for the past couple of years - core topic is geography
- got funding from SLIC to develop an advocacy programme for school libraries, focusing on IL across the curriculum – outcomes will include staff development, and a DVD highlighting the vital role of IL skills within learning, leisure and working life . This will be created under a creative commons license and shared with other Scottish libraries/schools – hopefully in time for the start of the 2010/11 academic year. See Libraries R 4 Learning: supporting the Curriculum for Excellence in Aberdeenshire article by Sue Cromar (February 2010) and subsequent postings.
- doing some work on setting Dewey to rap
- working on linking the library resources / IL to CfE outcomes and experiences.
I’m sure I am not the only one who will be interested in seeing this work come to fruition.
See also previous work in Aberdeenshire exemplar – Schools toolKit for Information Literacy – Nursery – primary 7 (12 year olds)
In May 2008 Anne Mathews a school librarian at Benton Park High School in Leeds contacted the project to say that she was chairing a working party where they were starting to put together a whole school information literacy policy. However she had been unable to find school policy for Information Literacy; a problem we had encountered ourselves although a few of our project partners had just started to look at this issue themselves.
Some six months later I contacted Anne to check on her progress and found that they had produced a School Information Literacy Policy . Hopefully this will spur others to create an information literacy policy for their school.
My thanks to Anne and her colleagues for their willingness to share their policy with us.
Following the successful piloting of the draft National Information Literacy Framework (Scotland) there emerged the need to transform the 68 page draft information literacy framework pdf into a more flexible tool that enabled case studies / exemplars of good practice to be added. Work also needed to be done on:
The idea of using a weblog to facilitate the above emerged as experience with the project blog grew and the potential of what could be done with blogs apart from blogging. The static pages contain the framework details whilst the blog postings will facilitate the communication of any news, activities and developments plus enable interested parties to comment on any of the postings or on the framework pages.
This is very much a work in progress as there is a lot going on in the world of education and skills.
Our thanks go to:
for funding to restructure the framework / add the exemplars of good practice/case studies
for provided funding for the draft framework and the piloting exercise.
Christine & John