Global IL advocacy
Unesco has produced an easy-to-read publication on what information literacy means. It is designed for busy public policy-makers, business executives, civil society administrators and practicing professionals and could therefore be used in advocacy work. It is called “Understanding information literacy: a primer” and is available for downloading in English or French from their website.
UNESCO has also created an Information Literacy logo that you can use to make communication easier between your peers, your community, and society in general. IFLA have put together a ‘manual’ of how to best use the logo called “Integrating the Information Literacy Logo: A Marketing Manual“.
IL advocacy in the UK
In December 2009, the annual WHELF (Wales Higher Education Libraries Forum) Gregynog Colloquium considered the development of a cross-sectoral information literacy framework for Wales. The event was funded by CyMAL and the Regional Development Officers. Delegates came from HE, FE, public and school library services, and other interested stakeholders such as DCELLS. Delegates agreed an action plan including a draft statement and formulation of a cross-sectoral steering group to progress towards an Information Literacy Framework for Wales. The Welsh Information Literacy Project (WILP) was initiated, funded by CyMAL, hosted by Cardiff University and an IL Development Officer for Wales took forward the action plan for Phase I and II under the guidance of the steering group.
Achievements during Phase I and II of the WILP included the creation of advocacy resources to enable librarians to promote IL in schools, developing accredited units of learning in IL and getting these approved by an awarding organisation and the alignment of the Information Literacy Framework with the CQFW framework.
In April 2012 the project moved to Grwp Llandrillo Menai and Phase III will concentrate on advocacy and embedding the IL framework in schools and during the teacher training phase. Institutions will be supported to deliver the new Agoredd Cymru units, Public Library champions will be trained and they will also support the roll out of IL training to other library staff and users. The project team will establish links with employers and related agencies to raise awareness of the practical applications of IL in the workplace.
In this podcast interview John Crawford and Christine Irving talk to Philip Pothen about their work and argue that information literacy is the ‘democratic right’ of every person.
A petition regarding information literacy was submitted to the Scottish Parliament. The Public Petitions Committee met on the 31st May 2006 and agreed that given the number and quality of the responses they had received regarding the Information Literacy petition that they would seek the views of the views Information literacy skills – the link between secondary and tertiary education project team as the petitioner. Responses received included the Scottish Executive, Learning and Teaching Scotland, the Scottish Qualifications Authority, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education, the Educational Institute of Scotland, Universities Scotland, the School Library Association in Scotland, and Unison school librarians in Scotland. Some responses have been favourable but it is clear that the need to identify information literacy as a separate issue in the curriculum is not universally recognised.
The petitioners responded to the Public Petitions Committee comments in September 2006. Additional responses were also made by the School Library Association (Scotland) and the National Forum on Information Literacy.
This item was taken from a posting to the lis-infoliteracy discussion list by Christine Irving, Research Assistant / Project Officer (part-time), Information literacy skills – the link between secondary and tertiary education project and from their website, which is no longer available online.
The National Information Literacy Framework for Scotland website provides full information and resources on the project. The Scottish Information Literacy Project and the Scottish Library and Information Council also provide a website called “Information Skills for 21st Century Scotland”
In January 2009 the CILIP CSG Information Literacy group wrote responses to two recent government initiatives:
- DCMS review on public libraries re the strand entitled Digital Services and Information Literacy.
- Digital inclusion: an action plan for consultation.
The responses stressed that information literacy skills are just as vital as easy access to IT hardware and software for individuals to be digitally included in society.
Representatives from the CILIP CSG Information Literacy group met with the DfES in November 2006 to discuss information literacy and the schools curriculum. Notes of the meeting are available.