Libraries of the Future

Libraries of the Future is a project set up to help those who work in academic libraries plan for the future – http://www.futurelibraries.info/content/

The project produced three scenarios which represent possible futures for higher education in the UK: the Wild West (a no-holds-barred free-for-all learning community, picking and choosing courses and learning materials),    the Beehive (structured, organised and homogenous), and the Walled Garden (insular and inward-looking).

Of course, information literacy will be central to the library’s function in the years to come – “Information literacy will be universally recognised as an essential skill in the digital age.” 1.5.12, p. 6, http://www.futurelibraries.info/content/system/files/Scenarios_beyond_2020_ReportWV.pdf

It is interesting to speculate what the libraries of the future will be like and what libray staff will be doing in this future libraries – will we be bees in a garden in the Wild West?!

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Library Guide featuring Zombies!

As the new semester approaches and our thoughts turn to innovative ways to teach information literacy, the staff at McPherson College’s Miller Library in Kansas, USA, have come up with one of the most innovative library guides I’ve come across. ‘Library of the Living Dead’ is a library guide in graphic novel format featuring zombies, librarians and two confused students.  Here is the blog post announcing the guide – http://blogs.mcpherson.edu/library/2011/03/our-zombie-guide-is-finished/

Please note: Rest assured that WIT Libraries are a zombie free zone!

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Information literacy advice for new students

Take it from us! :

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“High School to College” have produced the above video featuring college students giving advice to new students on information literacy. It explains that much more is expected research-wise from students than when they were in school. It also highlights the fact that many school leavers may not have been taught the necessary information literacy skills needed for research at college level. We have seen the same issue here with new first years students who have come to WIT straight after finishing secondary school.

The two main pieces of advice the college students give are: the need to go beyond Google and Wikipedia for research, the realisation that database and scholarly research is needed and the necessity of  how to cite properly. This is where the library comes in, as one student on the video comes to understand – “everything I need to write a good paper can be  found  in the library or on its webpage and librarians can help me out.”

The High School to College is a collaborative network of Western New York high school and college librarians formed to investigate ways to ensure the continuation of information literacy skills between high school and college.

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