Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Making It Count: Social Science Data Literacy as an Information Fluency

The Social Science Libraries Section and the Information Literacy Section are seeking proposals for a program to be held at the IFLA conference in Gothenburg, Sweden in August 2010. "Statistical and information literacy provide the basis for comparison, understanding, and forecasting conditions for economic and social development. Access to this type of data exists in a variety of venues from governments to multi-national corporations to small non-governmental organizations. Through formal presentations, this program will explore the availability of this type of information and the skills needed to access, understand and use statistical information for development." Papers should focus on the relationship between statistical literacy and how this skill can be applied to access to knowledge for development. Case studies, theoretical applications, and translational research will all be considered for inclusion in this program.
Papers should be in one of the IFLA official languages. Proposals for papers must be submitted by December 31, 2009. Please include a title, and abstract of no more than 300 words as well as a brief biography for the speaker or speakers. Abstracts should only be submitted with the understanding that the expenses of attending the Gothenburg conference are the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s). Send your proposals via email to Lynne Rudasill, rudasill@Illinois.edu
Photo by Sheila Webber: Misty autumn, Nov 2009.

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