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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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Serap Kurbanoglu

According to EMMILE Programme, on Feb. 29, 2012, morning, Serap Kurbanoglu will be speaking about

“The Importance of Information Literacy as a Transversal Competency”.

Abstract: Globalization and modernization are creating a world characterized by change, complexity and interdependence which places challenging demands on individuals. Individuals today need a wide range of competencies to adapt to this ever changing, highly competitive and therefore challenging world. Defining the key competencies needed by today’s individuals can improve assessments of how well prepared they are for life’s challenges, as well as identify overarching goals for education systems and lifelong learning. Over the last couple of decades, numerous attempts were made to identify key competencies, in other words transversal competencies, needed today for a successful life and a well-functioning society. Transversal competencies defined as those of particular value for both societies and individuals; are useful in multiple areas of life and important for everyone, not just for specialists.

In this presentation, the concept of transversal competencies and transversal nature of information literacy will be explored. The importance of information literacy as a transversal competency will be emphasized. Furthermore, factors which increase the importance of information literacy will be presented.

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Serap Kurbanoglu, PhD in Information Studies (Sheffield University, UK), is professor at the Department of Information Management of Hacettepe University, publishing and lecturing on systems analysis, project management, information technology as well as information literacy and lifelong learning. She is the national coordinator and the organizer of the UNESCO “Training the Trainers in Information Literacy” workshop held in Ankarain 2008. She is the project manager and content developer of the web-based information literacy instruction package (HUBO) developed for Hacettepe University. She is a board member of EUCLID. She serves as a referee for numerous professional journals. She has managed several national projects and organized both national and international conferences. She is the co-chair of ECIL (European Conference on Information Literacy) standing and organizing committees.

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Rob Davies

According to EMMILE Programme, on Feb. 29, 2012, morning, Rob Davies will be speaking about

“EMPATIC: putting the needs of learners first in Information Literacy”.

Abstract: The presentation will outline the development of the concept of Information Literacy (IL)  during the last two decades as experienced by the presenter in a range of  international projects, alongside the emergence of other ‘literacies’ in the digital era, touching upon various perceptions of the role of libraries in delivering IL. It will go on to describe the goals of the EMPATIC project  (which aims at Empowering Autonomous Learning Through Information Competencies) in focusing attention on the needs of learners in the four education sectors covered by the programmes of EU Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP): School, Vocational, Adult and Higher Education and will provide a first flavour of the main direction of the recommendations to be discussed and validated in the sector-specific workshops later in the day.

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Rob Davies is Chief Executive of MDR Partners and general coordinator of the EMPATIC project, funded under the Lifelong Learning Programme. A professional librarian, he first encountered Information  Literacy as a recognised discipline while working on a project in South Africa in the mid-1990s. Since then, he has worked on a wide range of projects and activities involving issues of IL, media literacy and a range of other perceived literacies in relation to topics such as Game Based Learning and, Digital Storytelling, as well as ‘mainstream’ education. He is currently leading several major European digital libraries projects and an expert consultant on projects to establish new library services in China and  Greece.

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Carol Priestley

According to EMMILE Programme, on Feb. 29, 2012, morning, Carol Priestley will be contributing with the

Presentation of EMPATIC Workshop Sessions and Formation of Break-out Groups“.

Abstract: As will have been described by Rob Davies in the previous presentation,the EMPATIC (Empowering Autonomous Learning through Information Competencies) project aims to provide innovative solutions to InformationLiteracy (IL) by taking a political approach, focusing on policy makers as the key actors who can bring about change.  A number of activities have been undertaken over the past eighteen months leading tothe preparation of recommendations for action a) with transversal application and b) for each learning sector.  The draft recommendations are now available and the purpose of the workshops is two-fold, to –  discuss and validate the results and recommendations for eachsector, and –  finalize the recommendations to place before policy-makers. Participants will be invited to join the breakout group of most interest to them.

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Carol Priestley (MDR Partners, London, UK)  is Manager for the project EMPATIC.  Although now based inLondon,U.K. she spent many years from the mid 1970s to the 90s working in both Africa and Asia.  Her particular interest is that all people are able to access, utilize and contribute information, ideas and knowledge necessary to support sustainable and equitable development. Carol also has a keen interest in Information Literacy and worked for many years in collaboration with the UNESCO MIL and IFAPIL programmes.

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Paola De Castro

According to EMMILE Programme, on Feb. 29, 2012, morning, Paola De Castro and Daniela Marsili, 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”.

Abstract:A training experience performed in European and Latin American countries, in the period April 2010-December 2011, to promote information literacy in public health is reported. The training was  focused on creating awareness and providing tools to improve scientific writing and open access publishing. The target was mainly represented by inexperienced authors working in academic and research institutions to improve their capacity to search, produce and disseminate health information through different channels.

The experience was developed within the project NECOBELAC (Network of Collaboration Between Europe and Latin American-Caribbean countries, 2009-2012), financed by the European Commission (7 FP Capacities – Science in Society), aiming to foster the production and dissemination of open access scientific information in the field of public health (www.necobelac.eu). The project is part of a global commitment towards a cultural change in information dissemination, a long term process requiring a strong commitment by different stakeholders.

A train-the-trainer model (T1) was adopted to enhance the training impact and sustainability through training replication activities at local level (T2).  The development and use of ad hoc training tools based on the semantic web technologies (Topic maps) helped the NECOBELAC trainers  to carry on both T1 and T2 initiatives  in a flexible and modular way, within a wide geographical area having different socio-cultural and technological backgrounds. A total of 7 T1 courses and more than 30  T2 activities were performed.

The positive results achieved and feedback received can be considered as a starting point to develop new education initiatives in other contexts and sectors.

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Paola De Castro: Head of the Publishing Unit at Istituto Superiore di Sanità (www.iss.it, National Institute of Health in Italy), she promotes the dissemination of scientific information to different targets including students. She supports open access publication models and fosters scientific cooperation at national and international level. She is the coordinator of a European Project linking Europe and Latin America to promote health information dissemination (www.necobelac.eu). She delivers courses of scientific writing and open access and is involved in a number of initiatives to promote information literacy and science culture in schools.  She organizes exhibitions on public health issues addressed to specialized staff and the general public. A list of publications is available here. Paola is also the EMMILE Poster Committee Chair and, in this role, she will be chairing a stimulating and lively poster session the “MIL-lab“, on Tues. Feb. 28, 2012, afternoon.

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