Nancy Fried Foster will give the opening keynote address at the Information Literacy Satellite Meeting that is being held in conjunction with the IFLA World Library and Information Congress.  The meeting is being held in Limerick, Ireland.

The theme of the meeting is “Facing the Future: Librarians and Information Literacy in a Changing Landscape.”

Title: “Studying Students to Advance Information Literacy”

Abstract:  Everyone agrees that old literacy models are no longer sufficient and need to change But in academic libraries, one of the challenges to developing new models is to understand the emerging and evolving teaching and learning practices of faculty and students. A series of studies conducted at the University of Rochester’s River Campus Libraries gathered information about today’s students, how they differ from 20th-century students, and how they keep changing. Subsequent studies, inspired by the Rochester work, have been conducted on many US campuses and in other parts of the globe, from Paris and Rome to Beirut, Yola and Bishkek. In this talk, Nancy Foster, the anthropologist on the Rochester projects, will review some widely used methods and discuss some key findings of this work. She will conclude with observations on the relationship between understanding teaching and learning practices and developing better information literacy strategies.