Monday, June 09, 2008

Pre-LIASA Conference Workshop: Training the trainers in Information Literacy

UNESCO, in association with the Centre for Information Literacy at the University of Cape Town, and with the support of INASP, will be presenting a pre-LIASA Conference Workshop, "Training the Trainers in Information Literacy." It will be held from 4-6 October 2008 in Cape Town.

Main Theme of the Workshop: Developing Information literacy Skills for
Problem-Solving as part of Lifelong Learning.

Programme and further information available from the Departmental
website at

§ To develop strategies incorporating information literacy skills in the teaching, learning, and research processes
§ To develop strategies for a working relationship between librarians and facilitators of the teaching, learning and research processes in the
teaching of information literacy skills program.
§ Creating common understanding of designing and developing information
literacy skills program.
§ To promote the use of IFLA information literacy guidelines/standards as a benchmark for a successful implementation of the information
literacy skills program.

Expected participants: Between 30-40 African librarians from public, government and academic libraries, who are actively involved in information literacy in their organisations.

Criteria of participant selection: Participants will be selected from librarians and information professionals, who are responsible for planning and delivering ILS programs in their respective countries.

Requirements for the application for the participation. Please attach the following documents for the application to
participate in the Pre-conference:
• An application letter
• A detailed CV
• A 3-page report summarizing your institutional and national
information literacy developments.

Please note that the registration fee of R400 is payable in advance.

Deadline for an application: 1st September, 2008

Associate Professor Mary Nassimbeni, Centre for Information Literacy, University of Cape Town
Professor Albert Boekhorst
Professor Peter Underwood Centre for Information Literacy, University
of Cape Town
Associate Professor Karin deJager Centre for Information Literacy,
University of Cape Town

Duration: 20 hours, plus 5 more of homework

Dates: October 4-6 (Sat-Mon)

Time: Saturday and Sunday, 9 - 12:00, 14 - 17:00; Monday 9-12:00

Objectives. Participants will be able to recognize key information literacy concepts and be able to draft an institutional program, using the IFLA Information Literacy Guidelines for Lifelong Learning.

Methodology. The workshop will be a hands-on experience. Each topic will be will be introduced using .ppt presentations, followed by examples, and group or individual exercises. Readings and homework activities will be included. Participants will create a final portfolio with their own institutional information literacy program. Parts of the course program may be altered during the workshop to meet the
participants’ needs.

For applications and information , contact:

Kate Benbow-Hebbert
Administrative Assistant
Centre for Open Learning (COL) & Centre for Information Literacy (CIL)
University of Cape Town
Tel: +27 21 650 2318
Fax: +27 21 650 5497

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