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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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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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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”

Abstract:

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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Aldo Pirola

Aldo Pirola, Director of the Public Library System in Milan (which consists of 24 interconnected facilities, scattered on a territory with 1 million inhabitants),  will be speaking on Monday 27th morning about:

“Digital Citizenship and Libraries in Europe”

Abstract:

E-governance is the keyword for the future. Public administration is moving irretrievably in this direction. It is not just the introduction of new systems: it is a cultural change! This change will bring about a new vision of life, a new dimension of interpersonal relationship, a new idea of democracy  as well as the need of a new formulation of human rights: Information in some cases will be more important than actions which will only be a result of previous information. A new way is being opened; it is essential for us to understand how to deal with it properly to optimize the benefits it can give to our society in the future we are already working for. Libraries are points of access to knowledge and information. Their role becomes therefore pivotal for the achievement of these results.

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Aldo Pirola (aldo.pirola@comune.milano.it) started his career in the library of the Roman Catholic University in Milan where he used to work at the union catalogue. Classification and cataloguing were his primary activities between 1976 and 1982.The following year he was appointed Director of the Academic library of the University in Brescia, some 40 milesto the east in Milan, where subsequently he was appointed Director of the public library system at the time in which it was being reorganized through the introduction of the new electronic technologies. Eventually he was appointed in Milan in 2007. Member of the local executive committee of the Italian Librarian Association (A.I.B.) between 1994 and 1999, President of the Association of Bibliophiles in Brescia between 1993 and 2007, advisor in Bozen for the foundation of the Academic library between 1999 and 2005 as well as advisor for the new provincial library, still in Bozen, since 2006, he has played a significant role in promoting lectures, conferences and cultural meetings in libraries both on a national and on an international level. In May 2009 he was elected national representative for Italy in EBLIDA. Member of the Advisory committee 2009 for Access to Learning Award of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2008/2009. One of the most significant challenges has been the IFLA World Conference 2009 in Milan. Aldo Pirola was awarded a special prize by the Rotary Club both in Brescia and in Milan in 2010 for his role in promoting the activity of the local public libraries.

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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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Albert Boekhorst

According to EMMILE Programme, on Feb. 27, 2012, Albert K. Boekhorst will be presenting a contribution about:

“Information Literacy: Global Trends”.

Abstract: Since Zurkowski originated the term ‘Information literacy’ in 1974 nearly 40 years have passed by. In these years how our environment has changed enormously, especially in the way we communicate information. In this paper I’ll present a framework that enables to evaluate the needs and possibilities for Information Literacy Education in Libraries.

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Albert K. Boekhorst (1943) is a semi-retired information scientist (formerly Universiteit van Amsterdam), as a visiting professor connected to Department of Information Science of the University of Pretoria. He helds a Ma in Sociology (UvA) and a PhD. In Information Science (UP). His research concentrates on the access to information, especially on information literacy and the role of (school) libraries. Among others he is Information Officer of the IFLA Information Literacy section, member of IFLA School Libraries and Resource Centers section, member of the board of ENSIL and member of IASL and the Dutch Library Association. He participated in several UNESCO Expert Group Meetings on Media and Information Literacy and coordinated the worldwide UNESCO TtT in Information Literacy workshops series.

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