TASCHA launches Social Info Literacy program

The Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) is presenting this week at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Annual Conference. IFLA is is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users.

This week at IFLA, TASCHA researchers Chris Coward and Karen Fisher will launch a new strand of research activity on Social Information Literacy. The program attempts to broaden the understanding of information literacy to include a larger range of people's information behavior. You can find out more about this research program by visiting the TASCHA website.

The team from TASCHA also presented a paper during the second day of the conference, and have a poster at the session, titled "What is open access to research data?" This poster emerged from work conducted through TASCHA's Global Impact project.

The theme for this year's IFLA Annual Conference is "Open access to knowledge - promoting sustainable progress." The conference is being held in Gothenburg, Sweden, from August 10-15. You can follow the conference live at http://2010.ifla.org/.

TASCHA's foundational work on Social Information Literacy is being conducted in partnership with public libraries worldwide. The research findings and applications have broad relevance to all agencies that serve the public, by leveraging the potential of key people in local networks through ICTs. Domains of strong potential benefit include health, finance, employability, and education.