13th Conference on Professional Information Resources

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Conference Opening: Information Literacy and Knowledge

Session coordinator: Vladimír Karen, Albertina icome Praha s.r.o., Czech Republic

Where: 28. 5. 2008, 10.30 - 12.45, New Auditorium

Accessing Information and Creating Knowledge: Implications for Providers and for Users

Autor: Ralph Catts, University of Stirling, United Kingdom



In this paper Ralph Catts reviews the nature of Information Society Technology (IST) skills (called Information Literacy in the USA and Australia) and some recent research into IST acquisition and practice. He then turns to recent developments in European and international agencies that are likely to impact on IST policy at national level in Central Europe and asks questions about the implications for information providers, librarians and end users.

About author:

Ralph Catts is an Australian academic based at the Institute of Education, University of Stirling, Scotland. He is also an honorary fellow in the School of Education, University of New England, Australia. He has a substantial record of research in two fields. One is the role of generic skills in lifelong learning with a special focus on information literacy theory and evaluation of information literacy programmes. He was a member of the team that developed and then revised the Australian and New Zealand Information Literacy Framework for Higher Education and he designed the Information Skills Survey (ISS), which is used to evaluate the effectiveness of IL programmes in Higher Education. He has published on both the theoretical framework for IL and on the implementation of IL in Higher Education Curricula. His second area of research is into access and equity in educational provision especially for disadvantaged people and communities. Since moving to Scotland he has played a pivotal role in the development of a collaborative research network that is focused on the effects of social capital on outcomes of schooling. He is developing quantitative indicators of social capital in schools with a focus on indicators of relevance in deprived communities.

Other papers in this session:

Welcome Address

Author: Richard Hindls, rektor, The University of Economics, Czech Republic

INFORUM 2008 - Opening Address

Author: Vladimír Karen, Albertina icome Praha s.r.o., Czech Republic

Information Literacy: Still in the Wings or Taking Centre Stage?

Author: Debbi Boden, University of Worcester, United Kingdom

Print vs. electronic - Student Information Behavior in a Fuzzy Information Universe

Author: Sonja Špiranec, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Department of Information Sciences, Croatia


Ivana Hebrang-Grgić / Mihaela Banek Zorica, University of Zagreb - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences