Each month, Harrisburg University hosts a free discussion open to the community examining financial literacy. This talk is part of the Financial Literacy Education Series at HU, organized by Dr. Jay Liebowitz, Distinguished Chair of Applied Business and Finance at Harrisburg University.
What does it take to be “literate” in the 21st Century? April 18, 2018
Plus Winners Announced for the “What Does Financial Literacy Mean to Me? Contest in Grades 7-12 in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
11:30-noon: Food & Networking; Noon-1 pm: Seminar (Auditorium)
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.
This presentation will highlight the benefits of being information literate that extend beyond the individual. 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.
About the Speaker: 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).