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There is a Better Way. Information Literacy - Skills to Empower

Course Details:

A day course for librarians (or teachers) working in secondary schools to reflect on the ways that librarian-directed learning can impact on student progress by improving research skills and digital literacy  across all Key Stages.

Possible uses of freely available software to enliven lessons will be covered. There will be a real attempt to showcase some practical lesson ideas besides covering the subject theory.  So the course should act as an effective springboard for colleagues wishing to take on the challenge of a whole school or complete Key Stage approach.  Time will be allocated for forward planning and the course leader will allow time for delegates to share experienceand knowledge.

The day will be split into 5 sessions –

What are we talking about?

Defining Information literacy – what might it mean to 21st century learners?

Practical note-making: creating meaningful aids to learning

Getting the best out of your raw material

The best kind of thinking / Questioning – tricks of the trade

What shall we tell the children? 

Identifying Core Skills / Citation and Copyright / Plagiarism

Ways and means

Website evaluation / Fake news and post truth - bias and opinion / Avoiding chalk and talk when you can / Making a useful lesson plan - documenting library skills sessions / What do we need to prove?

Seizing your chances

Approaching a whole school issue / Opportunity knocks! / Watching for developments / Where will you go now?.

Requests to focus on a specific Key Stage will be included where possible. Delegates may indicate a preference on booking and the trainer will aim to incorporate these needs into the appropriate session.                                      

Trainer: Lin Smith

Lin worked in school libraries for twenty-three years after an earlier career in the public and special library sector. She has a particular interest in Information Literacy and study skills delivering training and lectures on this topic in the UK and abroad.  Now working as an independent trainer Lin authored the SLA online Information Literacy course and was a member of SLA Board from 2007 to 2016. She currently organises The East Midlands heat of the Kids Lit Quiz and is also a CILIP Mentor.


Feedback from Course:

"Lots of useful tools & tips. Good exchange of ideas and experience from participants."

"Thank you. It has been a very informative day!"

Key Audience:

Secondary school librarians / library staff / teachers with a responsibility for learning skills

Venues and Dates:

No venues/dates are currently scheduled for this course. For more information about possible future dates, please contact the SLA Office.

Additional Notes:

This course is an updated version of Lin's Tackling Information Literacy in the Secondary School session (included in our progarmme of events in past years).