Friday, January 07, 2005

The Chronicle: 1/7/2005: Information Literacy Makes All the Wrong Assumptions

By STANLEY WILDER
excerpt: Information literacy remains the wrong solution to the wrong problem facing librarianship. It mistakes the nature of the Internet threat, and it offers a response at odds with higher education's traditional mission. Information literacy does nothing to help libraries compete with the Internet, and it should be discarded.
Whether Wilder is right about information literacy, I think he points to a significant issue. Librarians frequently don't really understand library users. The model we frequently adopt for library service assumes that librarians will continue to be the primary interface to the library's collection. I suspect that is an increasingly flawed assumption.