WILU 2008
May 14-16, 2008 ~ Kelowna, B.C.

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Keynote Speaker John Willinsky presents: La Culture de l'information.

Where are we headed in terms of access to knowledge and the university's fostering of an information culture? What are the critical issues and most promising developments? To speak of new responsibilities around information literacy is to confront rising public expectations around the right to know, which this presentation will attempt to address with a focus on the slowly shifting culture of research and scholarship.

John Willinsky is Professor of Education at Stanford University and the University of British Columbia. Much of his work, including his book, The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship, winner of two outstanding book awards, as well as PKP's award-winning open source software for journals and conferences, is free to download through the Public Knowledge Project's website (http://pkp.sfu.ca ).

Plenary Speaker Alane Wilson presents: Their perceptions, our reality: The information-seeking habits and preferences of college and university students.

Alane Wilson worked at OCLC from 1997-2007, most recently as a senior library market consultant. After a brief time away from OCLC in 2003, she returned and worked on the OCLC Environmental Scan which was released to much acclaim in January 2004. She moved back to Canada in late 2007, to Lions Bay, British Columbia, where she is pondering her next adventure.  Alane holds a B.A. from the University of Waterloo, and an MLIS, from the University of British Columbia. She is a member of the British Columbia Library Association, Special Libraries Association, the World Future Society and the Association of Professional Futurists. Her most recent publication is "Reading Tea Leaves." in Information Tomorrow: Reflections on Technology and the Future of Public and Academic Libraries.

Closing Plenary: Judith Peacock with Nancy Goebel. Alice and the Carpenter present: "The Time Has Come to Talk of Many Things: Act 1 - Your Future Through The Looking Glass"

Judith Peacock is the Integrated Literacies Coordinator at QUT. Her Divisional role involves cross-departmental coordination of strategic and operational development and implementation of integrated academic literacy and information literacy services and initiatives across QUT. Judith actively contributes to the professional scholarship and practice of information literacy, and her professional interests focus upon the nexus between information literacy and quality teaching, learning and assessment, and also the changing role of the academic librarian in higher education.

Nancy Goebel is Head Librarian of the Augustana Faculty Library (University of Alberta). She has a strong interest in Information Literacy has spearheaded seven "Information Literacy in Academic Libraries" workshops; Information Literacy awards for students and faculty; the DVD "It Changed the Way I Do Research Period: Augustana Talks Information Literacy" and the assessment tool WASSAIL.  She teaches the credit-bearing Physical Education 294: Physical Education and Information Literacy course at Augustana.