James Herring is former Head of the Department of Information Management at Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh, Scotland, where he lectured in subjects relating to Information Management. From 2004 he will be Lecturer, School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University.
His attendance at ACEC2004 is sponsored by the School Library Association of South Australia.
He is responsible for the PLUS model, an Information Skills Process model which, like The Big Six and Marland's models, is designed to provide a way for pupils in schools to acquire the necessary range of skills needed to identify their own information needs and make effective use of reading, note-taking, writing and communication skills. The PLUS model seeks to incorporate the key elements of previous models while adding emphasis on thinking skills and self evaluation.
The PLUS model was created by building on work carried out in the mid 1980s and carried on towards the end of the 1990s. It was created to cater to the continually growing need for information skills in schools and also further into employment.
The PLUS model provides a framework which teachers and school librarians can use to increase pupils' awareness of the importance of thinking about what they read, view or listen to. As the availability of information continues to increase in the future, it will be matched by an increased need for the effective use of information and ideas.
The PLUS model incorporates the elements of Purpose, Location, Use and Self-evaluation.
His paper will cover questions like:
- What kind of ‘model’ of information literacy is ‘right’ for online learning environments?
- Do we want a ‘tick box’ approach to developing skills or is there another way?
- What kind of ‘information literacies’ do online learners develop?
- What can we learn from teachers’ own experience as information users?