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Luisa Marquardt

According to EMMILE Programme, on Feb. 27, 2012, morning, Luisa Marquardt, EMMILE Chair, will be speaking about:

EMMILE in libraries (and beyond)

Abstract: The contribution aims at presenting EMMILE, its roots, purposes and features. A reflection focuses on “Emile” by Rousseau, published in 1762: a new (and utopic) method of education is sketched, that aims at preserving the child’s the natural goodness, in that book that is recognized to have marked the beginning of modern pedagogy. Since then, 250 years full of  revolution and innovation in many fields have passed by. What are the caracteristics of the 21st Century’s “Emile”, or, better “Em(M)ile”? Why should we care of that “M”? The need for a holistic approach in media and information literacy education is underlined. 

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Luisa Marquardt teaches Library and Information Science at the Faculty of Education, University “Roma Tre”. Qualified and specialized in both fields – library science and education -, she worked as a chartered librarian in high schools for over 20 years and as a librarians’ educator as well; she has been professionally involved in school libraries, school librarianship and information literacy since late 1970s, takes part in work and research groups; contributes to library journals; translated the IFLA-UNESCO School Library Manifesto into Italian; edited the Italian edition of the IFLA Guidelines for school libraries (1995, 1998, 2004); collaborated with the Interuniversity Supercomputing Consortium CASPUR (http://www.caspur.it) and the Goethe-Institut Italien. She is Director of a small but active community library, the “Biblioteca Statuario” (http://bibliostatuario.wordpress.com) and a proud member of several associations (e.g., AIB, AIDA, IASL, IFLA, LAG Schulbibliotheken) and groups (e.g., ENSIL). She is currently the Director Europe for IASL (2009-2012), an elected member of the IFLA SLRC, a member of the IASL-IFLA Joint Steering Committee and the coordinator of the AIB National Standing Committee on School Libraries. Her postal address is Dr Luisa Marquardt – Università degli Studi “Roma Tre”, Facoltà di Scienze della Formazione, via Milazzo 11/b – 00185 Roma, Italy.E-mail: marquardt@uniroma3.it, luisa.marquardt@gmail.com; Webpage: https://formazione.uniroma3.it/docente/lmarquardt/

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Patrizia Caleffi Libener

According to EMMILE Programme, on Feb. 28, 2012, morning, Patrizia Caleffi Libener should be speaking about:

 Information literacy and library teaching: a report of best practices in South Tyrol

Abstract: In a more and more complicated and globalized society, where information grows in size, information literacy is the keyword for the fundamental citizien’s right and for the future role of libraries. The experiences gained in South Tyrol are the result of a long and formative structurated process, which has pointed up the development of information literacy skills in order to transform school libraries into centres of education and multimedia resources, into places where “someone learns how to learn”, in a context of research and action, to pursue knowledge and understanding. The best practices performed inSouth Tyrolhave changed deeply the role and the duties of school libraries. They build, together with the public libraries, an information network connecting two different typologies of services. This distinctive feature of our system increases the quantity and quality of resources available for the consumer at any time and place.  

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Patrizia Caleffi works at the Department of Italian Culture, Office of Long life learning, libraries and audiovisual resources, in the Autonomous Province of Bolzano –South Tyrol, where she has been active in the field of libraries since over 20 years assuming the responsibility for it. The actions which fall within this sphere are the financing of public libraries for activities, working, and investments, the support of public and school libraries and librarians providing advice and help to improve the development of the system, education, cooperative and professional training of librarians, the management of the office library specialized on librarianship, the projects for the promotion of books and reading. The latest innovations in the area of IT (Information technology) are the centre of her work, being engaged in plans, which realize integrated services in the land, raising the quality of them for the customers of public and school libraries (collective catalogueBIS, SMSLibrary, Self Check). Education and training of librarians are very important activities, which include the planning and development of a programme of courses and seminars covering all ranges of ability in cooperation with AIB (Associazione italiana biblioteche). As regards the teaching staff concerned with school libraries many other initiatives are designed specially to be organised with the approval of the local School Government.

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Ulrich Braeß

Il 27 febbraio mattina Ulrich Braeß porterà i saluti del Goethe-Institut Mailand che dirige dallo scorso anno e del cui programma di attività culturali, della biblioteca e dei corsi di lingua è responsabile.

Dopo la formazione universitaria in economia aziendale e matematica, ha lavorato per  le Assicurazioni Gothaer (1979-1987),  in qualità di assistente alla presidenza e direttore del controllo commerciale,  dal 1987 al 1992 per lo Schweizerische Rentenanstalt  (Istituto svizzero di previdenza), quale direttore marketing presso la filiale tedesca, dal 1992 al 1995 per Equitable Life per la costituzione della filiale tedesca. Dal 1995 lavora per il Goethe-Institut: Direttore delle sedi del Goethe-Institut in Germania per lo studio del tedesco (1995-2003), a Barcelona (2003-2009), Washington (2009-2011) e ora a Milano.

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UNESCO: Media and Information Literacy (MIL) as a composite concept

According to EMMILE Programme, on Feb. 27, 2012, morning, Alton Grizzle and Irmgarda Kasinskaite-Buddeberg, both from UNESCO, will be speaking about:

Media and Information Literacy (MIL) as a composite concept

Abstract: The presentation will outline the development of the concept of Media and Information Literacy (MIL) introduced by UNESCO few years and its integration into in a number of international, regional and country level projects and initiatives. UNESCO believes that traditional concept of literacy has been replaced by the concept that is a plural, dynamic and situational as well as closely linked to the ability of citizens both at individual and societal level to identify, understand, create, communicate and compute information. It is fundamental to ensure that all citizens have a key set of competencies – knowledge, skills and attitudes – needed to succeed throughout all stage of their life. The concept of the MIL is a part of UNESCO’s larger mandate to promote open, inclusive, pluralistic and participatory knowledge societies. In the first part of the presentation Alton Grizzle will introduce the recent work done by UNESCO in development of MIL Curriculum for Teachers published in 2011.  In the second part of the presentation, Irmgarda Kasinskaite-Buddeberg will be speaking about the development of MIL indicators that would help to assess the MIL competencies at national level.

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Irmgarda Kasinskaite-Buddeberg

According to EMMILE Programme, on Feb. 27, 2012, morning, Irmgarda Kasinskaite-Buddeberg, with her colleague Alton Grizzle, both from UNESCO, will be speaking about:

Media and Information Literacy (MIL) as a composite concept

Abstract: The presentation will outline the development of the concept of Media and Information Literacy (MIL) introduced by UNESCO few years and its integration into in a number of international, regional and country level projects and initiatives. UNESCO believes that traditional concept of literacy has been replaced by the concept that is a plural, dynamic and situational as well as closely linked to the ability of citizens both at individual and societal level to identify, understand, create, communicate and compute information. It is fundamental to ensure that all citizens have a key set of competencies – knowledge, skills and attitudes – needed to succeed throughout all stage of their life. The concept of the MIL is a part of UNESCO’s larger mandate to promote open, inclusive, pluralistic and participatory knowledge societies. In the first part of the presentation Alton Grizzle will introduce the recent work done by UNESCO in development of MIL Curriculum for Teachers published in 2011. In the second part of the presentation, Irmgarda Kasinskaite-Buddeberg will be speaking about the development of MIL indicators that would help to assess the MIL competencies at national level.

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Dr. Irmgarda Kasinskaite-Buddeberg obtained her PhD in Humanitarian Sciences, Communication and Information specialization from Vilnius University (2006), Master in Information Management (1999) from Vilnius University and Bachelor of Arts degree (1996) from Vilnius Academy of Arts (Lithuania). She is currently a programme specialist working at UNESCO’s Communication and Information Sector, Knowledge Societies Division in Paris, France. She is in charge of programmes related to the Media and Information Literacy, particularly development of MIL indicators; promotion of multilingualism in cyberspace and implementation of the Recommendation concerning the Promotion as well as use of Multilingualism and Universal Access to Cyberspace as well as she works on the project on use ICTs to access information and knowledge by persons with disabilities. She contributed to the implementation of numerous projects, international events, publications and written number of scientific articles on a wide range. Before joining UNESCO in 2002, she worked as Senior Programme Specialist, Department of Information and Informatics, Ministry of Public Administration Reforms and Local Authorities, Lithuania.

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MIL-lab: poster #2

 

Information Literacy in School Libraries: An International Exchange of Best Practices Between Germany and USA

Melissa P. Johnston, University of Kentucky, USA

Target sector: School library

Abstract: The purpose of this research was to investigate an international exchange of ideas and best practices related to school librarianship, including information literacy instruction, collaboration with classroom teachers, and instructional technologies. As German schools make the shift to whole day school two items are added, a cafeteria and a school library, which has led to a restructuring of school library programs (Schneider & von Jordan-Bonin, 2007). In efforts to establish school library programs in Germany, through a joint initiative with the Goethe-Institute Librarian in Residence program and Florida State University, two school librarians from Germany visited the United States in the fall of 2010 to learn from the school librarians in the United States. The German librarians, along with the researcher, spent three weeks touring American school libraries in the state of Florida with the purpose of observing best practices in information literacy instruction to take back and implement in German school libraries. The researcher then traveled to Germany to observe and document the practices of school librarians in various locations in Germany, including Frankfurt, Hamburg, and Berlin. The goal of this research was to follow up with the two German school librarians and observe the implementation of the best practices in multiple school situations. The researcher conducted interviews with the two German librarians and performed site observations of several schools in Germany to establish which best practices observed in the United States have been implemented, those have been most useful in their practice, those that have not, and document the progress of this idea exchange. Interviews were recorded and later transcribed and an observational checklist was utilized to record data during the site visits. The researcher analyzed the data upon return to the United States, utilizing content analysis to determine which best practices have successfully transferred to this international setting, which were found to be the most useful, and which were not. This poster presents the findings from these observations and interviews. School librarians worldwide are struggling and dealing with the same issues and can learn from each other by sharing best practices and working together. This research serves as a foundation on which future research is planned to further build international relationships, promote idea exchange, and develop international best practices.

Keywords: school libraries, school librarianship

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Melissa P. Johnston, PhD (melissa.johnston@uky.edu)  is an Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky in the School of Library and Information Science. She worked as a school librarian for 13 years in Georgia (USA) before completing her PhD at The Florida State University where she also worked as a research fellow at The Partnerships Advancing Library Media (PALM) Center. She is actively involved in the American Library Association, the American Association of School Librarians, and the International Association of School Librarianship through serving in various leadership and elected positions. Johnston has published in a variety of journals that focus on school library issues and research and her research interests include school librarians as leaders, the school librarian’s role in technology integration, and the education of future school librarians.

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Sirje Virkus

Sirje Virkus, Professor at  Tallinn University, Estonia, will be taking part in the panel on Information Literacy development and training in educational contexts: creating knowledgeable and critical 21st century citizens, scheduled in EMMILE Programme on Feb. 27th, afternoon.

Here you find her resumè: https://www.etis.ee/Portaal/isikuCV.aspx?TextBoxName=sirje+virkus&PersonVID=37260&FromUrl0=isikud.aspx&lang=en

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Daniela Marsili

According to EMMILE Programme, on Feb. 29, 2012, morning, Daniela Marsili with Paola De Castro, both from Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome (Italy), will be speaking about:

“Empowering authors to use, produce and disseminate information in public health. The experience of the NECOBELAC project in Europe and Latin America”.

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Daniela Marsili is a member of the Publishing Unit at Istituto Superiore di Sanità ISS (www.iss.it, National Institute of Health in Italy). She graduated in Economic and Social Sciences for International Cooperation and Development at University of Rome “Sapienza”. Her working activities focus on dissemination of scientific information and international cooperation to promote access to information on public health. She is member of the Coordination Group of the European Project NECOBELAC (www.necobelac.eu), coordinated by ISS, which promotes cooperation between Europe and Latin America. She actively participates in technical and scientific cooperation initiatives on environmental health between the ISS and academic institutions in Ecuador and Colombia. She collaborates with the environmental epidemiology unit at ISS. A list of publications is available from: http://www.iss.it/site/attivita/ISSWEB_istituto/RicercaPersonale/dettaglio.asp?idAna=1504&lang=1

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Dianne Oberg

Dianne Oberg, Professor at University of Alberta, Canada, will be taking part in the panel on Information Literacy development and training in educational contexts: creating knowledgeable and critical 21st century citizens, scheduled in EMMILE Programme on Feb. 27th, afternoon.

Dianne Oberg is a Professor in teacher-librarianship in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta in Canada. Her research focuses on teacher-librarianship education and on the implementation and evaluation of school library programs. Dianne co-authored with J. Branch the award-winning professional document, Focus on Inquiry: A Teacher’s Guide to Implementing Inquiry-based Learning (2004). She was an early adopter of online technology for graduate-level education. Information on the development of  Teacher-Librarianship by Distance Learning at the University of Alberta has been widely disseminated, most recently in an IGI Global publication, Cases on Building Quality Distance Delivery Programs: Strategies and Experiences (2011). Dianne co-edited, with Luisa Marquardt, a new IFLA publication, Global Perspectives on School Libraries: Projects and Practices (2011). She was the founding editor of the peer-reviewed international journal, School Libraries Worldwide, which she edited for 15 years. Currently, Dianne is Chair of the Joint Committee of IASL – IFLA SLRC.

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Vincent Liquète

Vincent Liquète, Professor at IUFM – Bordeaux 4, will be taking part in the panel on Information Literacy development and training in educational contexts: creating knowledgeable and critical 21st century citizens, scheduled in EMMILE Programme on Feb. 27th, afternoon.

Vincent Liquète(1966) was school librarian until 1999, in high schools, middle colleges and at the University of Bordeaux. Doctor in sciences of the information and the communication, in 2000, its thesis concerns the analysis of the informative practices of the professors. He becomes associate professor in the University of Bordeaux. Since 2010 he has managed the department of Documentation at the University of Bordeaux 4, a department that educates and trains, in the field of  librarianship and documentation, future school librarians, librarians and information specialists. He is the author of numerous articles and some books in particular “The autonomous work ” (Armand Colin, 2007 ) or “Mediations” ( CNRS edition, 2010 ). He is chief editor of the multidisciplinary review “Esquisse”; among the issues of “Les Cahiers de l’Esquisse”, he co-directed and authored Du CDI à la bibliothèque universitaire : former les usagers à l’information (n.1/Jan.2010).   Its research laboratory is the IMS-Equipe Cognitique and Human Engineering (UMR 5218 – CNRS National Center for Scientific Research). He was member elected by the IFLA from 2001 till 2004. He participated in the researches Erté “Culture of the information and documentary curriculum “. He participates at present in the national research LIMIN-R on the informative translittéracies.

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