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#CILIPConf18: learning and information literacy - chaired by Rosie Jones, director of Library Services, Open University. With Sarah Lacey, consultant and trainer, Ruth Carlyle, Health Education England, & Jacqueline Geekie, Aberdeenshire libraries.
SP: there have been huge tsunamis of change in school education - changes to curriculum on literacy, numeracy, IT, KS3 English. Move away from independent learning.
SP: libraries were not mentioned in previous curriculum. Now there are 2 proper mentions, but they relate to English depts at KS3 reading for pleasure, not anywhere else.
Cuts to GCSEs and A levels, including AS level critical thinking.
Much cheaper to have exams marked by computer because you don't need to pay markers, but then no critical thinking needed.
The feeling is that school libraries and librarians are about English and reading for pleasure, not infolit.
#Greatschoollibraries - need children to see librarians as more than the person who helps with reading. And so they don't see their jobs disappearing.
RC: speaking on health literacy. The #NHS70 - 70 years old today!
Healthcare is changing - more and more people will be struggling with multiple conditions. People need health literacy to be able to make difficult decisions.
Health literacy is both personal characteristics (skills and understanding) but also social resources (eg signage).
48% of adults do not understand textual health info eg to give a child a painkiller. >60% can't combine with numeracy like timings.
Health literacy is a subset of info lit. It includes levels of functional, interactive, and critical. But when you're hearing a diagnosis, you can go into very confusing shock. You think you're fine but you're not taking anything in.
78% of people couldn't understand a BMI chart.
There's a toolkit caller HEE Health Literacy Toolkit. Starts with a business case to give you a starting point. Sample workshop tools. Slides. Case studies.
Spoken communication - not just "did you understand that?" More like "how would you tell your family what I've told you?"
JG: school and public library service in Aberdeenshire. Infolit is often confused with digital literacy particularly in public libraries. Digital literacy and digital skills are also not the same.
Being digitally engaged can really save people money. And it's about equity - everyone should have this opportunity. Eg comparing your electricity suppliers.
Older people in remote places often want to learn to use tech to communicate with distant family, see photos etc.
Infolit is viewed as an HE thing. But public libraries need a voice also.
Excellent fake news poster from IFLA
Someone just mentioned bards as an early example of information literacy! #infolit #CILIPConf18
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