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2002 Gwen Gawith: Re-defining research

2002 Opoho School: "The Opoho Possum Hunt"

2001 Gwen Gawith: "Infobliteracy" - Part 2.

2001 Gwen Gawith: Responding to "Into a Further World" by Elwyn Richardson.

2001 Carolyn Coil: Teachers make the world of information become knowledge.

2001 Gwen Gawith: Why Read?

2001 Gwen Gawith: "Infobliteracy" - Part 1.

2001 Linda Selby and Maureen Trebilcock: A call for teacher-librarians

2000 Gwen Gawith: Information Literacy: theory into practice - Part 2

2000 Gwen Gawith: Information literacy: problems and solutions.

2000 Alan Cooper: Information literacy; the past is not enough.

1999 Gwen Gawith: The origins of information literacy.

1998 Graham Prentice: Knowledge architects.

1998 Gwen Gawith: Getting a handle on information literacy.

1997 Gwen Gawith: NEMPing through information literacy.

1992 Gwen Gawith: learning for the future.

1987 Gwen Gawith: Information skills for an information age.

1986 Gwen Gawith Information skills for an information literate future.

1984 Gwen Gawith: Getting a handle on information skills.


information literacy:
definitions & discussion

Learning for the future: draft notes

These notes were part of an initial draft by the author for the introduction to learning for the Future: Developing information Services in Australian School Libraries, produced by the Australian School Library Association and the Australian Library and Information Association,

Gwen Gawith

Learning for the future is takes a broad view of the school as an information environment and highlights the importance of developing information-literate teachers and students. The use of collaborative strategies to integrate the processes of learning across the curriculum is seen as a priority.

In this environment the staff of the school library resource centre collaborate with teachers and school management to:

• provide students with learning contexts, processes and skills as well as opportunities for personal growth and fulfilment;

• provide teachers with the support they need to develop information-literate students;

• provide resources to meet curriculum needs;

• provide the services and technologies needed to gain maximum access to information;

• provide functional facilities and a congenial environment to support the school's wide range of information needs.

Learning for the future suggests that these outcomes are best achieved in schools where there is a whole-school emphasis on:

• resource-based learning as a framework for students, teachers and teacher-librarians to work cooperatively across the curriculum in order to develop and practise the skills of learning;

• the need for adequately resourced and staffed school library services for the support of effective teaching and learning;

• the quality of student learning when an effective base of resources is harnessed to school-wide policies that highlight the necessity of developing an information literate community.


The full report is:

Australian School Library Association and Australian Librarian and Information Association (ALIA). (1993). Learning for the future: Developing information services in Australian schools. Carlton, Vic.: Curriculum Corporation.

NOTE: Given that New Zealand has no standards for school libraries, this provides useful benchmarks for New Zealand schools.