[OZTL_NET] Apologies for the late notice. PD opportunity for Brisbane based TLs - Wednesday 1st May

Bernadette Power nailsqueen at optusnet.com.au
Sun Apr 28 23:06:21 AEST 2013



QUT Information Professionals Alumni Chapter present

An evening with Dr Drew Whitworth

Radical Information Literacy:

What is it and why do we need it?


The QUT Information Professionals Alumni chapter is pleased to welcome back
Dr Andrew Whitworth. Dr Whitworth is Senior Lecturer at the School of
Education, University of Manchester, and the Programme Director of the
Master’s of Arts: Digital Technologies, Communication and Education. In 2013
he is a Visiting Academic at the Queensland University of Technology. 

His work lies at the intersection of three fields: critical theory and the
politics of organizations; education; and information and technology. He is
the author of the book Information Obesity (2009), focusing on the failure
of individuals to turn information (food) into knowledge (energy). Some of
you will remember his presentation on this topic in Brisbane in 2011. 

This seminar will explore the need for a ‘radical information literacy’.
Despite a great deal of work done on the many different forms, or frames, of
information literacy, and the wide range of studies into information
behaviour, the information experience, IL in diverse workplace contexts and
so on - why has so much actual IL teaching and research since the 1980s
remained focused on basic competencies? 

Via an exploration of the communication theories of Jürgen Habermas,
theories of institutions, and sociocultural approaches to IL, among others,
this question will be explored. The answers may lie in how both school and
higher education are positioned in late capitalist society, and the way that
IL has become an institution, assigning labels to learners and forming
itself around procedures that largely do not necessarily match the way IL is
actually practiced in most contexts. He suggests that while there are
honorable exceptions, the general failure by IL educators to move beyond
competency-based approaches has contributed to the marginalisation of IL in
educational discourse. Is it too late for a radical IL, aimed at
transformation, to be developed: and if not, what should it look like? 


Additional information about Dr. Whitworth is available at:




Wednesday, 1 May 2013 5.30pm for a 6:00pm start 


Gibson Room, Level 12, Z Block, QUT Gardens Point Campus 


Everyone! Alumni, teacher-librarians, students, techies, professionals... 

How much: 

$15 for speaker presentation and light refreshments 

Students only pay $10! (On presentation of a valid student card) 



10am – TUESDAY 30th APRIL, 2013

Email: ip.alumni at qut.edu.au 

Fax: 07 3138 1514 



You now have the option to RSVP and pay online through QUTPay.







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