There are a number of sessions on information literacy at the IFLA conference in Durban, South Africa taking place 19-23rd August. (I've put the web address at the end of this entry.) On Monday there is a session Introduction to the International IFLA/UNESCO IL Resources Directory and the IL International State of the Art Report with Jesus Lau (Universidad Veracruzana, Veracruz, Mexico, and Chair of the IFLA Information Literacy section), Sylvie Chevillotte (ENSSB, Lyon, France) and Linda Goff (California State University, Sacramento, USA).
Wednesday is a key day for information literacy. There is a joint session with the Academic Libraries Section. For the first 3 papers, there is already a full paper on the site which can be downloaded in pdf:
Knowledge-enhancing Helix: Herausbildung und Entwicklung von Informations- und Medienkompetenz durch systemgestütztes kollaboratives Arbeiten in der universitären Ausbildung. Eine Fallstudie [case study of development of information and media literacy skills through system-supported collaborative work in a university context]: NADJA BÖLLER, JOSEF HERGET and SONJA HIERL (Swiss Institute for Information Research, Chur, Switzerland)
Building a Virtual Learning Commons: What do YOU want to do? BETTY BRAAKSMA, KATHY DREWES, GEORGE SIEMENS and PETER TITTENBERGER (University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)
Second Life Machinima for Libraries: the intersection of instruction, outreach and marketing in a virtual world: BERNADETTE DALY SWANSON (University of California, Davis, USA)
The Reflective Online Searching Skills (ROSS) Environment: embedding information literacy into student learning through an online environment: HELEN PARTRIDGE (Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia)
On the same day there is a talk: Information Literacy in Practice: engaging public library workers in rural South Africa: from KARIN DE JAGER and MARY NASSIMBENI (Centre for Information Literacy, Department of LIS, Cape Town, South Africa) Again, the paper is already on the site.
The session organised by Academic and Research Libraries with Information Literacy has the papers (first and third already on the site)
Are you fit to FILE? SUSIE ANDRETTA (London Metropolitan University, London, UK)
Podcasting for Information Literacy: REGINA ROBERTS (Stanford University, Stanford, USA)
Developing IT-Based teaching materials to enhance information skills and knowledge awareness among students: IDA FAJAR PRIYANTO (Gadjah Mada University Library, Yogyakarta, Indonesia)
There are also some relevant talks on Thursday, particularly in the Getting and keeping ahead: educating for reference and information services for the future session.
For more info and the full text of papers indicated above go to http://www.ifla.org/IV/ifla73/Programme2007.htm
Photo by Sheila Webber: Sunflower arrangement in Mason's Regency jug, July 2007.