Information Literacy: Article 1

Citation: Jehlik, Theresa. “Information Literacy in the Public Library.” Nebraska Library Association Quarterly 35.4 (2004): 7-13. OmniFile Full Text Select. Web. 29 Jan. 2012

This article gave an overview of what information literacy means to the author and how public libraries are approaching this new world.  Jehlik discusses many different ways in which public libraries reach out to their users (she speaks mostly about adult users).  Through providing computer classes, cell-phone classes, basic technology classes and more, libraries are able to help members of their community become literate in all media forms and not be stuck in the past or unable to use email.

Jehlik also discusses the importance of librarians in this information literacy age. Librarians must be up to date on these skills and be able to teach skills to their users.  Libraries must create space and opportunities for their patrons to successfully learn these skills.  She does mention that the library should offer items in their collections for those patrons who prefer to self-learn.

There was one idea that I wish she spoke more about – and that was of a library in Finland who visits off-site premises with a laptop and a sign that says “Ask Whatever”.  This is only the second or third time I have been exposed to the idea of librarians going out and meeting people where they are and/or setting up moveable and transient libraries.  The way in which the author wrote about this made it sound like a positive experience for both the librarian and the patrons, but I would love to find articles discussing the logistics and experiences of these situations.



2 responses to “Information Literacy: Article 1

  1. I like the emphasis on the role that librarians play in teaching information literacy skills. What little training I had in that area in high school definitely came from our librarians, not any of my teachers. But I don’t think I recognized them as a resource at the time, and I wish the school had better designed our interactions with them.

  2. I like the idea of transient libraries, but you have to understand your userbase in order to accurately have one. The Occupy WallStreet was another movement that I can think of to date! I envision political campaigns might be an appropriate type of moving library system of the future!!


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