From bibliographic instruction to information skills learning. This essay is by Liisa Niinikangas. It appeared in Biblioteket som pedagogisk ressurs 25. - 26.6.2001. The journal title appears to be Norwegian but the article is in English!
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Information techology is the most significant change agent in the global society. Until now, changes have been very rapid and throrough. In the future:
* information systems are becoming interactive and decentralized
* information and telecommunication systems are part of an integrated infrastructure.
Worldwide communication systems like Internet are very important factors influencing new ways of teaching and learning because they enable increased access to libraries, databases and materials which were previously inaccessible. Internet makes global information available at a local school, even in a single classroom. Networks free education from the limits of time and space. Internet breaks the technological constraints of an ancient classroom, instead of a single dialogue people can exchange views with each other in the global village. Educators and students gain access to expertise, information and tools. Therefore we have reached the moment when the ability of asking right questions is more important than having right answers. Huge storehouses of information which already exist can provide useful answers if you can formulate your question correctly.