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Digital citizenship and libraries

Aldo Pirola gave an interesting contribution about the different viewpoints on technologies as means that facilitates the digital citizenship. He then reflected on the role of libraries as an educational environment that enables citizens and enhance their active participation in society.

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Em(M)ile

EMMILE in libraries (and beyond) was introducted by Luisa Marquardt who explained  EMMILE’s roots and aims. (And what about it’s wings? Whoever knows…)

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EMMILE opening

The warm welcome by Claudio Gamba (Regione Lombardia) and a lot of greetings by Stefano Parise (AIB),Ulrich  Braess (Goethe Institut), Randi Lundvall (IFLA SLRC), Annamaria Romagnolo (US Lombardia – in sostituzione del Direttore Colosio) e Irmgarda Kasinskaite-Buddeberg (UNESCO) made the EMMILE opening simply GREAT!   Randi has brought a welcome from the IFLA President Ingrid Parent and Irmgarda the one from the Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova.

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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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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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Alton Grizzle

According to EMMILE Programme, on Feb. 27, 2012, morning, Alton Grizzle, with his colleague 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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Alton Grizzle, a happily married Christian, works at the UNESCO HQ in Paris as Programme Specialist in Communication and Information. He is co-manager of UNESCO’s global actions on media and information literacy (MIL). Alton has diverse education and experience in the fields of education, management, information systems and media and communication. He has conceptualized and spearheaded many projects in media development, communication for development and MIL. Prior to UNESCO, he was an educator/principal at secondary school and adult vocational training levels of the education systems in Jamaica for ten years.  

He holds a Diploma in secondary education from the Mico University College where he majored in mathematics and music. He later pursued a Bachelors Degree with a double major in management and economics at the University of the West Indies (UWI) and a Masters of Science in Computer-based Management Information Systems at the UWI. Alton Grizzle is currently finalising a second Masters in media and communication – at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom.

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Randi Lundvall

IFLA School Libraries and Resource Centers Section

IFLA School Libraries and Resource Centers Section (IFLA SLRC) concerns itself with the improvement and development of school libraries and resource centers worldwide, especially advocacy for their qualified and adequate staffing. It provides an international forum for exchanging ideas, experiences, research results and advocacy. IFLA SLRC, formed in 1977, is one of 44 sections within IFLA, the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users, established in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1927. It provides opportunities for professional development, networking with colleagues from many different countries and helping to advance the profession in the field of school librarianship through the annual conferences, its website, publications and cooperation with other organisations.

Randi Lundvall (1956) is a School Librarian and teacher of English in Lokeberg Primary School in Baerum, Norway. Situated about 20 km south of the capital Oslo, this municipality has had a strong tradition of  regarding school librarians as part of the educational staff in all schools since the 1970’s. This is not common practice in Norway. Lokeberg Primary School has about 560 students aged 6 -13 and 40 teachers. Until 2011 Randi Lundvall was Chair of the Norwegian Library Association Section for School Libraries.

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Alexander Botte

According to EMMILE Programme, on Feb. 27, 2012, morning, Alexander Botte will be speaking about

“Challenges of Educational Reform in Germany and the Potential Role of Information Literacy”

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This presentation will look at the concept of Information Literacy (IL) in the light of some major objectives of current educational reform in Germany. Germany was “shocked” by relatively poor results in the first PISA assessments, which attested Germany a more or less unexpected mediocre achievement in PISA rankings. The loud and manifold call for educational reforms was a consequence. Some major aspects of the following reform debate form a supportive environment for IL principles and opened the door for a beginning public discussion on the relevance of IL in education. This contribution will show the interlinks between educational challenges and IL settings, give a short state of the art of IL in Germany, explain drawbacks of an education wide establishment of IL and propose some basic strategic decisions in order to foster IL in educational settings.

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Alexander Botte is a former teacher and was trained as a scientific documentalist. He is now deputy chief of the Department “Information Centre Education” at the German Institute for International Educational Research, Frankfurt am Main. Since 1979, he has been working with bibliographic databases on educational topics and since 1992 he has been project manager of the German Education Index, a cooperative initiative of more than 30 documentation units of research and higher education institutions in the German-speaking countries. Since 1999, Alex has also been project manager of the German Education Server, an online portal for educational research and practice. He is Speaker of the Working Group “Information Literacy and Education” of the German Association for Information Science and Practice (DGI).

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