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Information Literacy from Birth to Earth: An Unconference
Academic, school, public, and special librarians working together to improve Texans' information literacy skills, whether preparing individuals for higher education, careers, or life problem-solving.
TLA Preconference
Tuesday, April 12, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Thank you all so much for a great Unconference!  Go to the What Happened? page to see what happened, and continue your collaboration on the What's Next? page!  Put Resources that you talked about in the Resources page.  Thanks!!!

While we will add topics and select them at the unconference, let's get some ideas going ahead of time (feel free to add your ideas here):

  • How can school librarians and university librarians work together to meet the information needs of future college students?
  • What about media literacy skills?
  • How to help older adults know the value of information found on the Internet, while still understanding its limitations.
  • We need a vertical alignment of skills, clearly stating what the expectations are as students begin each level: these could be broken down several ways: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, 12
  • K-12 needs to know what the minimum info lit skills are necessary for entering college freshmen (Graduate level minimums as well)
  • People still need to know how to evaluate all kinds of things they find on the internet, as evidenced by this article about the endangered pacific tree octopus: http://blog.mysanantonio.com/education/2011/02/tree-octopus-exposes-internet-illiteracy/
  • How do we measure our success?  How do we know if they can go out in the world and use the information literacy skills we teach them after they graduate?
  • I'd like to talk about how to prepare people to evaluate health information they find on the Internet
  • How to conduct a search online and in databases
  • How do libraries collaborate with others effectively?
  • What can libraries do to support emergencies in their communities?
  • How to get the attention of people who aren't interested in being there
  • How to get people to understand the importance of information literacy
  • Salary negotiation
  • How to work with faculty to ensure that students from all subject disciplines are exposed to information literacy skills (getting away from "they went to the library in their English class; isn't that enough?"
  • Pk-2 Literacy Skills.  How to do mini research projects in a very short amount of time in the simplest way possible.  Basically, what are the foundation skills that will pave the way for painless research as they grow older?
  • Where does information literacy fit in Texas education benchmarks, and how can we use these connections to advance information literacy instruction?
  • How can we make information literacy relevant to the lives of young students (from the student's perspective, not the teacher's)?

If you would like to add some great ideas about what could be discussed at this unconference, post them here!  Or contact Karen Vargas karen.vargas@exch.library.tmc.edu

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