Yesterday, I ventured through to the west side of Scotland to visit The Scottish Information Literacy Project which is run by John Crawford and Christine Irving (a former student of mine). The project has taken an innovative approach to information literacy by seeking to link what goes on in schools to what happens to students when they go on to further and higher education. One of the aims of the project is to produce a set of skills which might be taught in schools and then reinforced in further and higher education. Much of the literature on IL in higher education focuses on the lack of skills that school students have on entering university. The project is developing a National Information Literacy Framework which seeks to identify a set of skills that employers will recognise as important and will link education and employment. Information literacy is not just about skills but about ways of thinking e.g. about when to use certain skills or from where to get the right information – but this project is very relevant to teacher librarians and school librarians across the world, so check it out.
As a person brought up and living in the east coast of Scotland, going to Glasgow is always a somewhat jocular occasion. There is a rivalry between Edinburgh (Capital city and east coast) and Glasgow (west coast) similar to that of Sydney and Melbourne. So, for example, we east coasters tend to expect it to be raining in Glasgow and yesterday it was sunny thereby not confirming my prejudices. Of course, there are attractive parts of Glasgow – and not just the 2 railway stations where you get the train to Edinburgh! – and one is in the area which houses The Glasgow School of Art which is most famous for it connections with Charles Rennie Mackintosh who is its most famous graduate and whose design work is globally recognised. The building itself – pictured below – is a fascinating one and if you’re ever in Glasgow (having been to Edinburgh first of course) it’s certainly worth a visit.