Thursday, February 19, 2009

Empowering 8

The Society for the Advancement of Library and Information Science (SALIS), in collaboration with UNESCO and B.S. Abdur Rahman Crescent Engineering College, organized the International Conference on Knowledge Networking in ICT Era 22-24 January 2009 in Chennai, India. It included a special session on information and media literacy, and several presentations have been put together in one pdf, plus some short papers at the end, in particular focusing ion india and information /media literacy. The web address is:

An information literacy framework that I was reminded about was the Empowering 8 framework. This was developed through workshops in Sri Lanka and India in 2004/5. The 8 elements are: Identify, explore, select, organise, create, present, assess, apply. Empowering 8 is mentioned also in the following:

Wijetunge, P. and Alahakoon, U. (2005) "Empowering 8: the Information Literacy model developed in Sri Lanka to underpin changing education paradigms of Sri Lanka." Sri Lanka Journal of Librarianship & Information Management, 1 (1), 31-41.

Wijetunge, P. (2008) "Improving Information Skills of the Postgraduate Students of NILIS University of Colombo: A Case Study." DESIDOC Journal of Library & Information Technology, 28 (2), 18-27. (NILIS was set up to train teacher-librarians)

Seneviratne, W. (2007) "Framework to measure Community Information Literacy among rural citizens in Sri Lanka: building of a CIL Model." Sri Lankan Journal of Librarianship and Information Management, 3 (1), 14-24.
Photo by Sheila Webber: Sheffield, Feb 2009

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