APCO 1P50 Monday September 24, 2012
Information Literacy & Surrounding Issues
Guest Lecturer: Tim Roberek
Focusing on first four chapters of “Intro to Information Literacy” textbook.
o 2 copies on reserve in library.
Old and new strategies.
Goal: to give us skills past university.
Intro to Information Literacy
How do you find information?
How do you determine what kind of information it is?
How do you evaluate that information?
Google – most popular way to find information.
Matches patterns of text, can’t figure out meaning (for the most part)
o works with simple searches (e.g. “Where’s the coffee shop?”, etc.)
o More difficult with complicated queries.
Information Literacy Defined
The adoption of appropriate information behaviour to identify, through whatever channel or medium,
info well fitted to info needs, leading to wise and ethical use of information in society.
Information literacy is the set of skills needed to find, analyse and use information.
Broader – more specific (less time consuming.
1) Define need 2) Find info 3) Evaluate info 4) Organize info 5) Communicate info
Modern search engines often understand context.
You can never be sure if your research tool understands your environment
o e.g. “What’s the distance between Toronto and St. Catharines?”
Google may refer to hotel booking or a wiki page.
Wolfram Alpha uses specific measurements.
Types of Information Literacy
Media (i.e. the medium – print, graphics, best way to disseminate information)
Technology (what technological platform makes the most sense)
Determining the Information You Need
Primary – firsthand accoun