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Chalk Talk: Information Literacy: The Battle We Won That We Lost. (Wait! What? War?) [Rescheduled!]

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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Who: SUL and Coordinate Library Staff
When: Thursday, August 28, 2014, 2:30-4 pm (Note new date!)
Where: Green Library, IC Classroom

Is the battle for information literacy over? Is info lit still library territory? Or should it be under partial or total occupation by some other power?

Join us (and the greater library community) in conversation for this month's Chalk Talk in our traditional August reading-group discussion format to consider the command and control of information literacy over time and into the future.

Our main reading will be a controversial piece that has been under active discussion in the library community very recently: "Information Literacy: The Battle We Won That We Lost?" portal: Libraries and the Academy, 14:1, by Susanna M. Cowan (2014)

We also recommend (for skimming, if you're short on time) two pieces with which our main author is in dialogue:

  • The first offers an interesting look at how the info lit battle plays out in various institutional cultures. We will discuss which model best fits our own university and libraries. Are we a bureaucracy or organized anarchy? "Institutionalizing Information Literacy." The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 38:5, by Sharon A. Weiner (2012)
  • The second, for a little historical perspective, is the government report in which the idea of information literacy was first advanced. Focus will mainly be on the last section: "The Information Service Environment: Relationships and Priorities." National Commission on Library and Information Science, Related Paper No. 5, by Paul G. Zurkowski (1974)


SUL Chalk Talks are sponsored by the Digital Initiatives Group (DIG) and are held bimonthly (in even-numbered months), normally on third Thursdays at 2:30 p.m. Join us

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