ETL505 module 1 –
Call me a nerd but I love me some data about data!
Ok, admittedly I’m not psyched about reading about it but I sure love DOING it. I’m really hoping that this subject will help me refine the skills I learnt on the job as a library tech and in turn make information access/retrieval so much easier for my future students.
The big question:
Why is it necessary for information agencies such as school libraries to organise information?
- the information age has changed our access to information
- information on demand
- sharing information at home, at work, in our communities
- some information resources is more valuable/better than others, need to sift, evaluate
- amount of information available can make it difficult to access the right information
- supplying EFFECTIVE ACCESS
Quote directly from module, emphasis is my own:
“The answer for information professionals, including teacher librarians, is to create collections of information resources centred on the needs, interests and abilities of the users they serve and then to provide effective access to the resources in that collection…
…these key roles of the teacher librarian can be seriously negated and devalued if users are not able to readily retrieve pertinent information that is available within the collection. Then the likelihood is that this information will be underused and users will have a negative perception of the collection and/or the means provided to access the collection. An important aspect of the teacher librarian’s role is to ensure that appropriate and efficient means of retrieving the information held within the collection are in place and meet user needs.”