Adult User Education/Module 6 Objectives and Readings

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Explore a variety of professional development resources in the area of user education:

  • Read and discuss textbook chapter and assigned articles covering the future of library user education.
  • Complete individual adult education instruction program plans.

Reflect on the readings, discussions, and activities of the course, and share new ideas and knowledge acquired.

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Read in text – Chapter 12: The Future of Information Literacy

The Future of Information Literacy

  • "Association of College and Research Libraries Standards for Proficiencies for Instruction Librarians and Coordinators" - - Description of skills necessary for excellence in library instruction, including instructional design and teaching skills.
  • Ward, Dane. "Revisioning Information Literacy for Lifelong Meaning." The Journal of Academic Librarianship 32, no.4 (July 2006): 396-402, (Academic Search Complete) - Ward discusses the idea of information literacy expanding to include different ways of approaching information. This paper discusses teaching students to connect with information in meaningful ways so that they are better able to experience, value, and use information, and so that they are better prepared to become lifelong learners. There are some excellent ideas here!
  • Westbrook, Lynn. "Pinning the Shift: Examining the Impact of Information Technology on Personal and Institutional Roles." The Journal of Academic Librarianship 26, no. 1 (January 2000): 59-63, (Academic Search Complete) - While this article is over 8 years old, much of what the author discusses is still relevant to us today. I think this is just one of the many examples of how technological advances seem to be on a continuous cycle that keeps us reevaluating needs and resources, as well as responding to and planning for change.
  • Campbell, Sandy. "Defining Information Literacy in the 21st Century" - - For those of you from the public libraries, this article will be appealing, since it takes a worldwide view of information literacy and it targets those individuals who are not in academia. There is some interesting discussion here about changing the term "information literacy" to encompass a wider range of meanings.

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