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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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Anne Lehmans

Anne Lehmans (Université Montesquieu-Bordeaux 4/IUFM d’Aquitaine, France) will be contributing to EMMILE programme on Feb. 28th morning with the speech:

“New perspectives in transliteracy and the evolution of the French ‘professeur-documentaliste’ “

Abstract:

Transliteracy is “the ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media from signing and orality through handwriting, print, TV, radio and films, to digital social networks.” (Sue Thomas). The notion has been introduced in France among scholars, particularly those who work in the field of information and library science, and among them, those who are in charge of the future school librarians, “professeurs-documentalistes”. However, in France, transliteracy is taken into an epistemic and conceptual framework more than into a pragmatic reflection on competencies, abilities and skills required to deal with information in the digital era. It means a new perspective on  information culture as a cross-cultural and critical knowledge about  information, media and computer science. This new “trans” perspective is crossing the hyphen between “professeur” (teacher) and “documentaliste” (school librarian). The French “professeur-documentaliste” is an hybridation of an educator and a technician, whose professional identity is built on academic knowledge on information and education science on one hand, documentation and librarian skills on the other. 

This contribution is a presentation and a critical reflexion on the actual curriculum and scientific content of the academic and training courses for “professeurs-documentalistes”. They have to take into account a new social, technological, academic and institutional environment within the digital era, to define new cross-contents of “information” and to evolve toward new educational and professional practices for new needs. Transliteracy perspective may include innovative practices and solutions to educational questions about information today. Examples of experiences, tools and practices are presented.

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Anne Lehmans studied Law and Political Science at Universitè Montesquieu-Bordeaux 4, Bordeaux, France. She examined cultural perceptions between Japan, France and the US for her PhD in Political Science and worked on a post-doc at the University of Charlottesville in Virginia (USA) on medias and transcultural relations. She helds and coordinates courses on information literacy and information science at the IUFM (teacher training courses)-University Montesquieu-Bordeaux 4 since 2002. She is involved into several research and library projects. Her most recent contribution :  Professeur-documentaliste : un tiers métier with Vincent Liquète.

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Maria José Vitorino

Maria José Vitorino, Portuguese School Libraries Network adviser, activist in several associations and institutions, will be contributing to EMMILE programme on Feb. 28th morning with the speech:

” Information Literacy Education : School and Public Libraries Collaboration”

 Abstract:

This presentation aims at telling the real and simple stories of three recent examples of partnership between School and Public Libraries, in Portugal, detailing how Information Literacy Education concerns each one of them, and all, and could help to overpass some traditional gap between institutions and different background professionals. Portuguese School Libraries Network, RBE promotes school and public libraries collaboration since 1996, and publishes IL related contents since its website was created (2000). Many teachers and librarians involved themselves in Information Literacy Education projects, improving their own professional education with cooperation and teamwork , including increasing demand for advanced University courses on literacy, education, and also partnership/cooperation subject, as we can check on several researches, specially those published since 2006, many of them available through E-LIS and, or, OER Portuguese Universities Repository RCAAP. RBE’s coordination and local/regional advisers, school’s teacher librarians and principals, as well as many public libraries leaders, have been realizing information literacy education makes a difference by managing improvement through collaboration. Local networking solutions (redes concelhias), and a diversity of literacy-connected projects involving school and public libraries, are emerging all over the country. At the same time, several Universities are approaching these issues with great interest, both as research units andl as professional’s initial and further education centres.

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Maria José Vitorino is a teacher and also a librarian, and she works as Advisor (Coordenadora Intermunicipal) in Portuguese School Libraries Network, supporting all kind school libraries development, including partnerships between Public and School Libraries. Being one of ENSIL‘s founders, she is member of ENSIL Board. A past member of  the Board of BAD, Portuguese Librarians, Archivists and Documentalists Association (IFLA member), she keeps an active collaboration in BAD’s SL Section. She is involved in teaching literacy education subjects, in University and schools, and through professionals training. Between 2004 and 2008, she coordenated, with Amalia Barrios and Ana Melo, the THEKA Teacher’s Training and School Libraries Developement Gulbenkian Project. Maria José has written and translated numerous articles on libraries, literacy and education: her most recent publications are Portugal : school libraries 2011, in The world of teaching (Municipal Association of School Libraries in Denmark, 2012),  THEKA Formar professores desenvolver bibliotecas escolares, with A. Bárrios e A. Melo Santos (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, 2011) and A long walk to significant school libraries for all : Government Policies in Portugal, 1986-2010, in Global Perspectives on School Libraries : Projects and Practices  (De Gruyter Saur, IFLA, 2011). Since 2008, she runs a personal blog on literacy, ALFINete – ALFIN is a spanish term for Information Literacy (Alfabetización Informacional); alfinete, in portuguese, means… pin.

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Barbara Schultz-Jones

 Barbara Schultz-Jones will be contributing to EMMILE programme on Feb. 28th morning with a speech about:

“New Competencies for the Teacher Librarian”

Abstract:

This session will discuss the various standards and resulting competencies that school librarians must master to fulfill the role of teacher librarian. The American Association of School Librarians places information literacy at the core of its programs and standards. They state: “Guiding principles for school library programs must focus on building a flexible learning environment with the goal of producing successful learners skilled in multiple literacies”. A set of guidelines to direct and inspire school librarians provide tools for planning and implementing active information literacy programs. The focus on multiple literacies challenges school librarians to stay at the forefront of educational tools and resources while educators of school librarians are challenged to prepare school librarians for this leadership role in the school learning community. These challenges are presented and discussed, alongside the new competencies and various standards.

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Barbara Schultz-Jones is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Library and Information Sciences and Director of the School Library Program in the College of Information (COI),University of NorthTexas. She has published and taught in the areas of Information Literacy, Cataloging and Classification, Library Automation, Learning Environments and Social Network Analysis. She is currently serving on the RDA Conference Forums and Programs Task Force for the Cataloging and Classification Section (CCS) under the American Library Association’s Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) division. Barbara is also an active member of the Research and Statistics Committee for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). As the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) representative on the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Section on School Libraries and Resource Centers she became Secretary of the Section in August, 2011.

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Laura Ballestra

Laura Ballestra will be contributing to EMMILE Programme on Feb. 28th morning with the following speech:

“Linking School and University through Information Literacy Education”

Abstract: 

This study looks at the experience of the Mario Rostoni library at Università Cattaneo-LIUC that, since 2004, has been actively involved in teaching the process of documentary search to high school teachers. In its latest 7th edition, the teaching programme now named “Re-search to learn” shares with the teachers the experience and thinking gained from information literacy courses taught to undergraduate students at the Università. Several hundreds of teachers have attended the teaching programme and have gone on to include information literacy activities, based on what they learnt, in lessons within their own disciplines to students in the final years of high school.

L’intervento esamina l’esperienza che la Biblioteca Mario Rostoni dell’Università Cattaneo LIUC ha svolto, a partire dal 2004, nella didattica del processo di indagine documentale agli insegnanti di scuola superiore. La proposta, che nella sua ultima edizione, la settima, ha assunto il nome di “Ri-cercare per imparare”, condivide con la scuola superiore l’esperienza e le riflessioni maturate nei corsi di information literacy impartiti presso l’Università LIUC agli studenti undergraduate. Centinaia di docenti hanno seguito le attività didattiche e hanno svolto nelle loro classi attività di information literacy disciplinari a partire da quanto appreso, coinvolgendo le proprie classi degli ultimi anni di scuola superiore.

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Laura Ballestra is the reference librarian of the “Mario Rostoni” Library at Università Carlo Cattaneo-LIUC, Castellanza. She is actively involved in the teaching of information literacy education, both at the Università and at high schools. She is a member of IFLA Information Literacy Section and coordinator of AIB DFP – Italian government information on the net for the Italian Library Association AIB. In addition, she is a past President of the Italian Library Association –Lombardy and LIS instructor at Cattolica University Milano. Laura has written numerous articles on information literacy education: her most recent publications are “Italy – Information literacy state of the art report (IFLA, 2010) and “Information literacy in biblioteca (Bibliografica, 2010).”

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Naoka Werr

Let’s go on in getting known EMMILE speakers. Naoka Werr, PhD, University of Regensubrg, will be contributing to EMMILE programme on Feb. 28th morning with the speech:

“Yes, we can” – five libraries working together for the target group pupils

After a brief overview of the initiatives of German academic libraries concerning information literacy with the focus on schools, the situation in Bavaria is explored. Of course, information literacy plays a vital role in every library’s training programme, but the thematic and pedagogic range of training classes varies due to formal restrictions (for example the Bologna Process, library staff is not allowed to give regular classes with credit points, due to lack of didactic knowledge) as well as to a certain – and wide-spread – feeling of a “class distinction” within libraries with specific target groups. Certain political changes (A-levels after 8 years, more autonomy for the universities and therefore a new role for the university libraries) combined with a long tradition of working groups in Bavaria were the basis for a singular cooperation in Regensburg for one target group: all four academic libraries and the public library in our city have together developed a module-based training concept for schools. As the University Library of Regensburg features most experience in the field of information literacy (it is one of the few libraries in Germany offering its own class in information literacy for students of all fields of study), it plays a significant role within the working group “Libraries of Regensburg working together for schools” (“Regensburger Bibliotheken für Schulen”), which has been especially established for this purpose. The working group and what it offers for schools is presented on a specific website (http://www.regensburger-bibliotheken.de/schule) which is – as well as the eligible training classes – constantly revised and evaluated. Furthermore, the working group is in active interchange with the “Staatsinstitut für Schulqualität und Bildungsforschung” (ISB) which is the Bavarian Ministry responsible for teacher education as well as with the “Regensburger Universitätszentrum für Lehrerbildung” (RUL) which forms part of the university infrastructure  and is supposed to play a distinctive part in the University’s teacher education.

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Naoka Werr studied Romance Philology (majoring in  French and Italian Literature) and German Philology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (Munich) where she graduated in 1996. She then enrolled for a doctorate  and received her PhD in Romance Philology in 2000. After working for a German newspaper she started a Bavarian library traineeship  in March 2001. After finishing the traineeship in 2003 she started working as Subject Librarian  at the University Library of Regensburg  where she is responsible for  Romance philology, German philology, Linguistics, Information science, Media studies as well as for Information literacy and education and training. Naoka Werr coordinates the working group “Libraries of Regensburg working together for schools” and is assistant chairman of the working group “information literacy” in the Bavarian Libraries Network (BVB).

 

 

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