Thursday, May 26, 2005

21st Century Information Fluency Project

21st Century Information Fluency Project - Developed to instruct patrons in the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to understand information fluency. Focuses on teaching people how to locate, evaluate, and integrate digital information.

From the site:

Describing human abilities is never easy. Brief, dictionary definitions are useful, of course. Basic “literacy” is defined as “the ability to read and write.” But anyone who has ever tried to teach someone how to read or to learn for themselves knows that the devil is in the details. The literature defining and describing “literacy” is already voluminous and there is no end in sight.

Likewise, Information Literacy can be defined as “the ability to locate, evaluate and use information.” And there is a voluminous literature describing in detail what that means in both theory and practice. 21st Century Information Fluency is a sub-set of Information Literacy that might best be described as a combination of aspects of Information Literacy and Technology Literacy that people need to locate, evaluate and use digital information resources efficiently and effectively. We call it “fluency” rather than “literacy” to emphasize that the abilities involved are more than basic abilities. But we know that there is a spectrum of abilities ranging from basic literacy to the more advanced levels we call fluency.

Our goal is to help people move along that scale no matter where they start. To do that we need to understand just what it is that people need to know and be able to do to achieve 21st Century Information Fluency. On the basis of our investigations we have created a description of the core competencies of information fluency. The model below serves to guide us as we develop learning materials, tools and experiences designed to help others become fluent. Ours is only one way of organizing this information. It is intended as a practical guide more than a theoretical construct.

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