Information Literacy “Sans Frontieres”

Information Literacy “Sans Frontieres”

We asked Peter Godwin to write about information literacy (IL) a topic that will be discussed at the Libraries of the future Bodleian debate on April 2nd 2009 LOFT09. Peter highlights that ‘The disaggregation of information or the content being out of the container challenges us to make sense of what is discovered on the Web.’ He concludes that the emphasis for IL should be on clarity and simplicity with step-by-step integration of IL elements delivered within course assignments. Further, that whilst subject discipline and knowledge of its makeup will remain of paramount importance there are shifts in emphasis which the extra content from the Web 2.0 world throws in to the mix which demand IL for the future to embrace and focus more on ‘issues of authority, eInformation Literacy “Sans Frontieres”valuation, synthesis and ethical use, and less on searching.’

Peter Godwin report

Also relevant to this area JISC funds the following projects:

The JISC/BL Google generation work:
The study considers whether or not as a result of the digital transition and resources being created digitally, young people, the ‘Google generation’, are searching for and researching content in new ways and if so, how this will shape the way they research and search in the future
whether or not new ways of searching and researching for content will prove to be any different from the way that existing researchers/scholars wor

Developing personalisation for the Information Environment (1 & 2):
This study investigates how the JISC Information Environment (IE) may make use (or should be developed to make use) of adaptive personalisation in order to enhance the user experience. It will specifically consider the ways in which infrastructure established to support the UK Access Management Federation (the UK Federation) could support adaptive personalisation of JISC services, and the potential privacy and legal barriers to such use.

Discovery to Delivery at EDINA and Mimas (D2D@E&M)
The overall aim of the project is to improve the quality of the user experience for UK researchers and students in their tasks of finding and gaining access to scholarly publications. Coherency will be established between Copac, SUNCAT and Zetoc. This will be achieved through the creation of a scholarly communications web site (together with scoping for a portal) and by establishing links from Copac and SUNCAT to Zetoc. There will also be work carried out to offer a series of delivery options, via a Broker, once discovery has been made. Finally, the project will develop facilities which will allow users to personalise their requirements.
and other relavant JISC projects include:

FlyWeb: Linking Laboratory Image Data with Public Databases and Publication Repositories
The project is developing a data web linking a number of sources of genomic data relating to the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. This data web is being provided as a service to software developers and bioinformaticians. To demonstrate the potential of this data web, the project is also building on-line data search and mashup tools on top of the data web that help scientists to be more productive and generate insights, through quick and easy location, comparison and analysis of data from different sources.

Library Management Systems Horizon Scan
The Projects objectives included:
the supply and demand sides of the LMS / ERM market Users expect ease of discovery, workflow and delivery influenced by Google and Web 2.0
Quantify procurement timeframes, typical costs, annual cost of ownership, product differentiation and value.
Conduct a horizon scan focused on the role of library systems amidst the shift from ‘content to context’.
Assess the emerging use of SOA, open standards and Open Source in terms of requirements, readiness and product match
Make recommendations on most effective engagement of library services with library related systems and the JISC Information Environment

Towards Implementation of Library 2.0 and the e-Framework (TILE)
The precursor JISC and SCONUL Library Management Systems study (April 2008) highlights challenges relating to practice, services and products. Meanwhile ideas are constantly being developed by early adopters, which offer opportunities to understand user expectations, gather professional practice and identify technical demands.
Also related briefing paper:

Metadata-based DYNamIc Query Interface for Cross(X)-searching content resources (DYNIQX)
DYNIQX investigated current cross-search systems and effect of metadata in search, explore an innovative dynamic query interface, and carry out extensive user task-based evaluation to evaluate and compare different search systems.

Metadata Generation for Resource Discovery
This project evaluates auto-generation techniques such as 1) the harvesting of metatags from document headers 2) content (e.g. keyword) extraction from the body of documents 3) automatic metadata enhancement using controlled vocabularies 4) text and data mining. Consideration is given to workflow issues and Web services approaches. The project considers a range of text and non-textual resource types.

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