How Did I Not Know About These Things? International IL!
Updated: Jan 5
I am the first to admit that my knowledge of information literacy (IL) is very U.S. centric. Uggghhhhhh. But as I have been investigating metaliteracy I have finally started to get outside my bubble. Virtually of course, pandemic and all. There is so much great work being done and there are clearly dedicated, passionate people working on developing solutions to these challenges and that is inspiring and comforting. I have a lot to learn.
I am fairly certain my neighbors heard me squeal when I found the FREE (!) “Intercultural Perspectives on Information Literacy” conference (January 30, 2021) with Thomas Mackey and Trudi Jacobson as the keynote speakers! What?!?!? The daylong session will explore students’ experiences in taking the course “Intercultural Perspectives on Information Literacy.” Looking at the program, I am already geeked up.
Future post: I have been looking at the various definitions, frameworks, and models for IL beyond the Framework and noting what resonates for me as I am thinking about my specific context and goals. I am sure I am missing some and some are so similar to the Framework that I did not make many notes. But it will help me to write about those in what will surely be my most exciting post yet.
But before that, I *have* to note some of the super cool things going on in global library land that I stumbled across while looking for those definitions and models:
NordINFOLIT is a Nordic collaboration forum for information literacy! They organize the “Creating Knowledge” conferences that have been held “every second or third year in one of the Nordic countries since 1999.”
From this conference (above), this keynote address is beckoning to me! “Frames, Models and Definitions: Rethinking Information Literacy for the Digital Age” with Jane Secker. From the abstract (as if pulled out of my brain):
“Those who complete my module on the same topics have reflected on the plethora of terms and frameworks which are designed to support them which in fact sometimes leave them further confused.” [I will for sure be writing a post on her article, “The Trouble with Terminology: Rehabilitating and Rethinking ‘Digital Literacy.’”]
The Prime Minister of India is proposing the creation of a library in India “dedicated to traditional Buddhist literature and scriptures.” It sounds magical: “The library will collect digital copies of all such Buddhist literature from different countries, it will aim to translate them, and make them freely available for all monks and scholars of Buddhism.”
“LIANZA operates as a not-for-profit supporting the library and information sector in Aotearoa New Zealand, ensuring that New Zealanders have equitable access to world class innovative library services in all aspects of their lives, from school to university and from public to private sector.” The theme of the 2021 LIANZA Conference is “thriving together.” I love that. I also now want to take a deep dive into the moko kauae.
United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has focused on media and information literacy for many years “through capacity-building resources, such as curricula development, policy guidelines and articulation, and assessment framework.”
“Global Media and Information Literacy Week” (321 registered events across the globe in 2020) and “Media and Information Literacy: Critical-thinking, Creativity, Literacy, Intercultural, Citizenship, Knowledge and Sustainability” (MIL CLICKS) are two wide-reaching programs.
“Unifying Notions of Media and Information Literacy” outlines UNESCO’s “use of the term MIL” to “harmonize the different notions in the light of converging delivery platforms.” There is no clear date of creation but this does reference the Standards when describing information literacy.
UNESCO and United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) have an extensive repository of helpful resources (https://milunesco.unaoc.org/) which includes “Understanding Media and Information Literacy (MIL) in the Digital Age: A Question of Democracy” which deserves its own post (and does mention metaliteracy).
Should I ever become independently wealthy and we are not in a pandemic, I would love to attend:
Creating Knowledge (previously mentioned)
Western Balkan Information and Media Literacy Conference (“Information Literacy: Know It, Teach It, Live It”)
I would also love to volunteer for these folks and/or jump in these think tanks:
Many thanks to Sheila Webber’s “Information Literacy Weblog” for steering me to some of the above!