Information Literacy Spaces



Rewarding Product over Process is an NCEA assessment flaw.

My participation in the Information Literacy Spaces Project turned 2018 into a year of exciting challenge and change about the way I approached teaching my Year 13 English Students. I collaborated and co-taught NCEA Level 3 standards with our school... Continue Reading →


Learning to write in the psychology discipline

At the end of last year, I began a professional training programme of child and family psychology (similar to clinical training, but specific to child and family psychology). Our first assignment was to write a psychological report based on a... Continue Reading →

Go rogue! Information literacy’s role in decolonising the curriculum.

I was fortunate to attend a communication conference in the US is November, and attended the pre-conference focused on ‘Decolonising the Curriculum’ within the Communication discipline. The session was led by a diverse group of people, most of whom have... Continue Reading →

Call me an optimist but I think the worm is turning

As the 2018 school year ends, two reports - one about the durability of NCEA and the other about school management and governance – were released for public submissions. Their analyses identify the weaknesses inherent in a pervasively outcomes-based system,... Continue Reading →

Better researchers make better coaches; introducing information literacy skills to a PE class.

With Physical Education (PE) having written components at all levels, especially levels two and three, it has become increasingly important for students to be able to reflect on the research process they have been working on, in the context of... Continue Reading →

Architecture project: workshops teaching information literacy help students to succeed

I am the subject librarian for the architecture and design faculty. One of the core first year courses is SARC 151 Architecture history. For the last couple of years I have been running a series of workshops aiming to teach... Continue Reading →

Te Tau o te Kōwhai

“Te Tau o te Kōwhai” (the season of the kowhai) is a whakataukī that describes the process of when the flower of the kōwhai tree blossoms and the tuī bird appears, the kina are ready for harvest (J. Puna, personal communication, October... Continue Reading →

Information Literacy in the Era of Lies

IL as Meta-skill

A recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education from University of Iowa lecturer David Gooblar about how to teach information literacy in an era of lies has really got me thinking.

It is truly becoming a murky minefield to navigate, deciphering the purpose of online information. Just this week, one of our New Zealand politicians stomped into this minefield wearing big, oversized boots.

It seems on the surface, that distinguishing lies from truth should be a relatively straightforward process, but it is actually becoming increasingly difficult to make the differentiation. Those of us wearing our librarian hats will be nodding sagely at this, thinking to ourselves, yes, this we know, this we teach, this we have conversations about on an almost daily basis.  We think in this Trumpist-media-worldview era that we are the panacea to the problem.  And, yes I think we have a huge part to play in…

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A uniquely Aotearoa New Zealand-informed approach to evaluating information

I have the privilege of being involved in this project as both a researcher and a participant. The researcher-me is focused on information literacy and how we can understand this complex concept and space more effectively. The teacher-me is focused... Continue Reading →

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