30.05.2008 -

Information literacy training-the-trainers workshop starts today in the Caribbean

UNESCO and the University of West Indies organize information literacy training-the-trainers workshop in the Caribbean entitled "Developing Information Literacy Skills and Programmes". The workshop will take place from 30 May to 1 June 2008 at the University of the West Indies, School of Continuing Studies, Montego Bay, Jamaica.

The UNESCO's Information for All Programme (IFAP) in collaboration with the University of the West Indies (Department of Library and Information Studies and Mona University Library) will be hosting a workshop aimed at introducing various professional groups to techniques for developing information literacy skills and programmes.


The University of the West Indies (UWI) has over the past decade advanced the development and delivery of information literacy programmes on its campuses through such activities as the Commonwealth Library Association (COMLA) / UNESCO workshop, which was hosted by the UWI Mona Library in January 2006.


The Montego Bay workshop is the first one of the UNESCO Information Literacy Training the Trainers (TTT) Workshop Series, which will be held over the year in eleven locations around the world. The Workshop Series has the following overall goal:


"training a cadre of promising qualified information literacy trainers in each of the major geographic regions so that they, in turn, can educate other trainers in their respective regions and also begin educating directly the various ultimate beneficiary groups".


This workshop is timely for the Caribbean as the increasing range of information available now in print and electronic formats makes the need for information literate citizens even more imperative. As information literacy plays an important role in daily life, the programme of the workshop will contribute to the development of skills for defining information needs, evaluating information sources, and synthesizing relevant information for presentation and use.


The objectives of the workshop are therefore to:

  • develop strategies for incorporating information literacy into the teaching and learning processes;
  • develop strategies for a working relationship between librarians and facilitators of these processes;
  • create common understanding of designing information literacy programmes; and
  • to promote the use of standards and models of information literacy.

The workshop targets the various professional groups that have responsibilities for education and training, and deal with groups which could benefit from information literacy programmes. In an effort to bring together a representative group from the Caribbean, 20 participants from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Saint Kitts and Nevis will be introduced to issues involved in developing information literacy training programmes.


Participants who successfully complete the workshop will receive certificates of participation. Special prizes will be awarded for the three portfolios assessed as "top of the class."

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