VALA2002 Session 3 Blackall

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Rethinking Information Literacy in Higher Education: the Case for Informatics

Wednesday 6 February 2002, 11:55 – 12:30
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Chris Blackall

Australian National University

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This paper discusses the implications and problems of the Information Literacy Standards published by the Council of Australian University Librarians in 2001. Its focus is on the difficulties implementers of university-based information literacy programs increasingly face as they attempt to ‘integrate’ or ‘embed’ information literacy in subject curricula as suggested by the Standards. The most central of these difficulties are the political dangers facing library teachers/educators as they attempt to expand into the academically controlled areas of curriculum design and teaching. This paper suggests that an inclusive model of ‘informatics’ can help overcome such barriers to program implementation.


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