What does it mean take to be “literate” in the 21st Century? Topic of Discussion at Harrisburg University

What constitutes being literate in the 21st Century? A hundred years ago, one could be considered literate if s/he were able to read and write. Changes in the information environment, including the number of literacies related to advanced technologies with which we have to maintain fluency –including financial literacy–mean that we must consider new strategies for acquiring knowledge, continuously improving critical thinking and communication skills as well as the ability to effectively contribute to our institutions.

That is the topic of an upcoming discussion What does it mean take to be “literate” in the 21st Century? by information resources expert Barbie E. Keiser set for April 18th at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. The no-charge presentation will highlight the benefits of being information literate that extend beyond the individual and is open to the community.

“We have a responsibility to be active, lifelong learners, particularly in the digital age where our ability to think critically and work collaboratively is paramount. Institutions must encourage, support, and enable lifelong learning, empowering a citizenry that can actively participate in government decision-making. The combined efforts on the individual and institutional level are the basis for advancing socio-economic development,” says Keiser.

The no-charge discussion will take place 11:30 to 1 p.m. in the 14th Floor Auditorium of the University, which is located at 326 Market Street in Harrisburg. Lunch will be provided.

Another highlight of the event is the awarding of the prizes for the annual essay competition “What Does Financial Literacy Mean to Me” for 7th-12th graders in the Commonwealth.

Barbie Keiser (MSLS, Case Western Reserve University) is an information resources management (IRM) consultant bringing the availability of information resources to management’s attention and assisting in maximizing their use. Barbie has applied her extensive knowledge management experience in the banking, finance, and insurance sector to information literacy projects in developing nation projects on behalf of governments, chambers of commerce, and international aid agencies. She developed a series of train-the-trainer workshops for UNESCO’s Information-for-All programme conducting sessions in Jamaica, Canada, China, and Egypt.

A frequent speaker at library, information, and business conferences, worldwide, Ms. Keiser is also a prolific author, including a column in ONLINE Searcher magazine and Information Today NewsBreaks. An adjunct instructor in the dual-degree MBA-MSIS program at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and the College of Communications and Information, University of Kentucky, Ms. Keiser also has been a Fulbright Specialist at the international Center for the Promotion of Enterprises (ICPE) in Ljubljana, Slovenia(2004) and Vilnius University, Lithuania (2007).

While there is no charge for the event, an RSVP is required. RSVP online at http://www.HarrisburgU.edu/RSVP