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IFLA Empowering 8 model of Information Literacy.

Empowering 8 is an information literacy model that was a by-product of two workshops: the first in Colombo, Sri Lanka in November 2004 and the second in Patiala, India in November 2005. Ten countries participated in the workshops: Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam. Empowering 8 uses the problem-solving approach for resource-based learning.
Information literacy skills embedded in Empowering 8 are the ability to:
  1. Identify.
  2. Explore.
  3. Select.
  4. Organizing.
  5. Create.
  6. Present.
  7. Access. and
  8. Apply.

Now this are briefly discussed in below:
1. Identify:
In this stage we can be able to identify a topic/subject, the intended audience, a relevant format, keywords, types of resources etc. We also addressed where is our knowledge gap.
Works to be perform in this stage:

  • Define the topic/subject.
  • Determine and understand the audience.
  • Choose the relevant format for the finished product.
  • Identify the key word.
  • Ran a search strategy.
  • Identify different types of resources where information could be found.

2. Explore:
In this stage we have to explore resources and information to reduce our knowledge gaps.
Works to be perform in this stage:

  • Locate resources appropriate to the chosen topic.
  • Find information appropriate to the chosen topic.
  • Do interviews, field trips or other outside research.

3. Select:
We should select most appropriate information from a vast number of information sources.
Works to be perform in this stage:

  • Choose relevant information.
  • Determine which sources are too easy, too hard, or just right.
  • Record relevant information through note making or making a visual organizer such as a chart, graph, or outline, etc.
  • Identify the stages in the process.
  • Collect appropriate citations.

4. Organizing:
We have to organize all of our collected information in an organized way. If we do so we may able to find our needed information very easily. This is very important to run our research work more smoothly.
Works to be perform in this stage:

  • Sort the information.
  • Distinguish between fact, opinion, and fiction.
  • Check for bias in the sources.
  • Sequence the information in a logical order.
  • Use visual organizers to compare or contrast information.

5.  Create:
Now the information seeker create some possible solution to solve the problem in a meaningful way.
Works to be perform in this stage:

  • Prepare information in their own words in a meaningful way.
  • Revise and edit, alone or with a peer.
  • Finalize the bibliographic format.

6. Present:
In the presentation stage, the information seeker takes preparation for presenting, sharing and displaying his collected information for the audience.
Works to be perform in this stage:

  • Practice for presentation activity.
  • Share the information with an appropriate audience.
  • Display the information in an appropriate format to suit the audience.
  • Set up and use equipment properly.

7. Access:
Now the information seeker analyzes his output information. For this he collects feedback from the audience.
Works to be perform in this stage:

  • Accept feedback from other students.
  • Self-assess one’s performance in response to the teacher’s assessment of the work.
  • Reflect on how well they have done.
  • Determine if new skills were learned.
  • Consider what could be done better next time.

8. Apply: Apply the solutions based on the feedback to improve his knowledge range and solve his problems.
Works to be perform in this stage:

  • Review the feedback and assessment provided.
  • Use the feedback and assessment for the next learning activity / task.
  • Endeavour to use the knowledge gained in a variety of new situations.
  • Determine in what other subjects these skills can now be used.
  • Add product to a portfolio of productions.
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Md. Ashikuzzaman

Work at North South University Library, Bangladesh.

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