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IDESA 2021 – Information Literacy for Democracy – Information Professionals – Civic Development – Bosnia and Herzegovina – Mario Hibert – University of Sarajevo – Emir Vajzović – Thomas Mandl – University of Hildesheim – Skills Required – Critical Thinking Skills – Libraries as Central Agents for Information Literacy – Train the Teachers – Srećko Jelušić – Radical Personalization – Sanel Huskić – Wolf Schünemann – Regulation – NetzDG – Hate Speech – Balancing the Protection of Democracy and Undue Censorship – Media Control by Autocracies – Self-Regulation – Milijana Mićunović – Krisitna Feldvari – University of Osijek – DECrisS – Open Educational Resources – COVID Crisis – Joachim Griesbaum – Theresa Woltermann – Uroš Krčadinac – Singidunum University – Algorithm Art – Data Visualisation – Alton Grizzle – UNESCO – Think Critically, Click Wisely – Information Literacy – Educational Program – Tom Mackey – SUNY Empire State College – Trude Jacobson – University Albany – Framework Integrating Visual and Cultural Aspects – Civic Values and Openness

WTI-Datenbanken – Kathrin Höhner – UB der TU Dortmund – Crowdfunding – Potsdamer Bibliotheksgesellschaft – Immerwährender Kalender – Stadt- und Landesbibliothek Potsdam – Hans-Christoph Hobohm – Bibliotheks- und Informationsgesellschaft – AI-SDV – Early Bird Booking – Christoph Haxel – AI, Text and Data Mining – Analytics – Digitization 2.0, Deep Learning, Visualisation


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IDESA 2021 Conference in Sarajevo: Information Literacy for Democracy – The Role of Information Professionals for Civic Development in Bosnia and Herzegovina – By Prof. Dr. Mario Hibert, University of Sarajevo – Prof. Dr. Emir Vajzović, University of Sarajevo – Prof. Dr. Thomas Mandl, University of Hildesheim


Briefe (1): WTI-Datenbanken gern und häufig genutzt

Briefe (2): Crowdfunding zum 20jährigen Bestehen der Potsdamer Bibliotheksgesellschaft

Briefe (3): Early Bird Exhibition Booking for AI-SDV-Conference

IDESA 2021 Conference in Sarajevo

Information Literacy for Democracy:
The Role of Information Professionals for Civic Development in Bosnia and Herzegovina


By Prof. Dr. Mario Hibert, University of Sarajevo – Prof. Dr. Emir Vajzović, University of Sarajevo – Prof. Dr. Thomas Mandl, University of Hildesheim

The interdisciplinary conference IDESA presented different perspectives on the notion of Information Literacy. All speakers agreed that Information Literacy is a key competence for informational autonomy in a digital environment. IDESA took place on November 28 and 29 in a hybrid mode in Sarajevo. It was funded by the DAAD.

In particular, the situation in Bosnia and Hercegovina was in the focus. This situation is characterized by much biased and partisan information. The University of Sarajevo works toward the installation of programs to support students in secondary education to improve their informational autonomy. A hybrid program is practically implemented in schools and their libraries within the Canton of Sarajevo. The conference topics were grouped around this educational program and its concepts.

The conference showed that several controversies exist in the field. A central practical question is related to the organisational setup. Should Information Literacy be taught as a separate subject or embedded into existing disciplines? Are the skills required for Information Literacy independent or can they only be developed together with competencies and knowledge in specific domains? Should Information Literacy be seen as a concept mainly related to search skills and competences as they are stated in the ACRL definition or does it refer to critical thinking skills in general? And finally, how and how strongly are the concepts comprising Information Literacy challenged by the digital world? This report will show in the following which facets of Information Literacy were discussed and how these controversial topics were approached by the presenters.

Die Autoren dieses Beitrages (von links nach rechts):
Prof. Dr. Emir Vajzović, Prof. Dr. Mario Hibert und Prof. Dr. Thomas Mandl.
In der Fakultät für Politikwissenschaft der Universität Sarajewo

The conference was organized by the Department for Information Science and the Department for Political Science of the University of Sarajevo and this cooperation also shows that Information Literacy is not considered as a narrow topic. The question on how to improve Information Literacy was practically and theoretically approached by the team from the University of Sarajevo and the resulting educational program mentioned above are described in a book (Vajzović et al. 2021).


Libraries as Central Agents for Information Literacy Providing Support for a Radical Personalization.

The program was disseminated to 35 librarians throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina throughout the year 2021. This training of the teachers led to a final workshop on November 28 which marked the first day of the IDESA event. This program empowers librarians and implements an integration of Information Literacy into other subjects. Presentations by external experts complemented the program. Juanjo Boté from the Universitat de Barcelona explained basics of Multimedia in Education. Martina Dragija Ivanović from the University of Zadar provided the perspective of Information Literacy education in Croatia.

On the second day, the IDESA conference opened with a review and a presentation of the book delivered by Srećko Jelušić, who is a retired professor from the University of Osijek and the University of Zadar. He emphasized the strong theoretical background of the book and he educational program which are deeply rooted in the vision of an egalitarian society. Srećko Jelušić showed how theories of media have impacted the work of the authors and mentioned Rafael Capurro, Max Weber, Marshall McLuhan, Jacques le Goff and Manual Castells. It is important to view the digital world as something that is being produced and programmed and not as something that happens and needs to be accepted. Srećko Jelušić views libraries as central agents for Information Literacy and he pointed out that even Nicholas Belkin as a representative of a strong computational approach to Information Science has supported this view recently. Libraries are necessary according to Belkin to reduce the number of choices for users and they should provide support for a radical personalization.


Balancing the Protection of Democracy and Undue Censorship. Or did Democracies Learn Media Control from Autocracies?

The following talk by Sanel Huskić from the Institute for Social Science Research at the University of Sarajevo further elaborated on the concept of Information Literacy and the successfully implemented educational program within the canton of Sarajevo. He showed how the UNESCO guidelines for Information and Media Literacy were adapted to the local and regional needs. This led to a highly integrated, cross-curricular design. The program considers the digital reality of the learners and is situated around dynamic digital objects. It promotes active learner and inquiry-based learning. Sanel Huskić also described the policy development process and its challenges.

Wolf Schünemann from the Institute for Political Science at the University of Hildesheim moved the discussion to the level of regulation of online content and elaborated on the disinformation dilemma in liberal democracies. Knowledge about regulation and governmental influence on online content are certainly also a goal for Information Literacy. Within the last years, countries have tended to implement more and more models for online information control. The NetzDG law in Germany for limiting online Hate Speech can be seen as an example and Wolf Schünemann introduced examples from other democratic countries. He emphasized that regulating media content remains a balancing act for law makers. They need to find a balance between the protection of democracy and undue censorship. Lately, even the hypothesis of a diffusion has been proposed: Did democracies learn media control from autocracies? Wolf Schünemann further elaborated on the relation of these laws to self-regulation by house rules of the platforms and related his topic to international relations and foreign disinformation campaigns which are intended to de-stabilize countries. Finally, he introduced a typology of democratic speech regulation.


The Use of Open Educational Resources is Not Widespread and Many Barriers Remain.

Milijana Mićunović and Kristina Feldvari from the University of Osijek shifted the focus to a specific topic and the Information Literacy of university professors to find, adapt and use online learning resources. They presented first results of the DECriS project ( which intends to analyse the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) in teaching within Information Science institutions in Europe. DECriS also intends to identify ways to improve the use of OER. The first question was whether institutions for higher education have really shifted toward open and digital education during the COVID crisis. A questionnaire study among university professors among LIS schools shows how OER are used and integrated into teaching practice. The results are collected in the long report which is available at the project site. It shows that the use of OER is not widespread and that many barriers remain.

Joachim Griesbaum and Theresia Woltermann from the University of Hildesheim reported on the results of an international online course which was focused on teaching Information Literacy to students from India, the USA, Bosnia and Hercegovina and Germany. They reported how this course was organized, presented the infrastructure and the tools and showed how students were working groups with participants from different countries. In a final workshop with international speakers and student presentations, the results were shown. Students reported that they had a very good experience and professors observed a low dropout rate.

Algorithmic Art, Data Visualisation and Meta Literacy,

Uroš Krčadinac from Singidunum University from Belgrade brought in a completely different perspective and showed how data literacy can be combined and enhanced art, algorithms and visualisation. He offers a course online as well as in presence which enables children to create algorithmic art ( A Java-Script system is used to teach the creation of artistic designs with very low barriers. Uroš Krčadinac emphasized that such courses can be applied within different subjects such as Mathematics, Art and Computer Science. He elaborated on the theoretical basis within data visualisation.

Alton Grizzle from the UNESCO in Paris spoke about the UNESCO programs for Media and Information Literaty which adopted the slogan “Think Critically, Click Wisely”. He discussed the challenges for freedom of expression due to the rise of content moderation regulations. Alton Grizzle emphasized the importance of the international flow of information across cultures and how important video and audio have become for Information Literacy education. The policy and strategy for creating Media and Information Literacy guidelines within the UNESCO were elaborated. Alton Grizzle illustrated very nicely how easy one may neglect critical thinking skills. He told an anecdote when he was finding a beautiful online video of two minutes which explained the recipe for a chicken dish. He got emotionally involved and thought that he could prepare the dish with the same ease as presented in the video. However, it took him many hours and he reflected that the video from a social media platform had an immediate impact and led to completely wrong assumptions about reality even for a trained and critical person. And Mario Hibert from the University of Sarajevo presented the current status and the future plans for the implementation of the Information Literacy educational program. They showed plans to further establish the program within the region.

Tom Mackey form SUNY Empire State College and Trudi Jacobson from the University at Albany (USA) presented their model for Meta-Literacy as a framework for Information Literacy. They used Blooms taxonomy as a basis and stressed that many current courses are focused too much on basic search skills and purely on text. Mackey and Jacobson argue that their Meta-Literacy model is better suited to integrate visual and cultural aspects and the requirements of connected digital environments. Their model integrates the importance of the individual as a producer of information and promotes civic values and openness. This model is highly flexible and adaptable. However, it needs to be analysed how well it can serve concrete educational goals.

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Crowdfunding zum 20jährigen Bestehen
der Potsdamer Bibliotheksgesellschaft


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Mit meiner Pensionierung ist mir das Ehrenamt zu gefallen, den Förderverein der Stadt- und Landesbibliothek, die „Potsdamer Bibliotheksgesellschaft e.V.“ zu aktivieren. Der Verein feiert dieses Jahr sein 20jähriges Bestehen und ist seit seiner Gründung anlässlich drohender Kürzungen bei der SLB im Jahre 2002 weder jünger noch wesentlich aktiver geworden. Das möchte ich gerne ändern. Ein Projekt ist, anlässlich des Jubiläumsjahrs eine Reihe von Veranstaltungen für die Mitglieder anzubieten, ein anderes die Produktion eines großformatigen (immerwährenden) Kalenders mit attraktiven Fotos aus dem Bestand der Landesbibliothek. Wir arbeiten hier mit – neben der SLB selbst – bekannten Partnern aus Potsdam zusammen und sind zuversichtlich, dass das Ergebnis richtig gut wird.

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Early Bird Exhibition Booking
for AI-SDV-Conference


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The show must go on – physically and/or online. Please take that on board and make your positive plans for 2022. The call for papers is open and Early Bird Exhibition Booking with special prices is possible … more @

AI-SDV brings together specialists in scientific and technical information, who want to update themselves and learn the latest from practitioners and technology specialists working in the field of AI, text and data mining, analytics, digitization 2.0, deep learning, visualisation, etc. The conference is an integral part of a two-day event of learning, networking and exploring technologies and concepts that are changing the way individuals and organisations work, rest and play.

Conference topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • User – vendor case study relating to successful software implementation
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Presentation submissions should include:

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  • Speaker biography (max 200 words)

News of new innovative products or beta versions with substantial upgrades may also be of interest to attendees.

Presentations accepted will be expected to make real contributions within the field of scientific, technical, business, patent and information searching, analysis and data mining – or in furthering the understanding of meeting participants within these areas. All presentations will be in plenary sessions to the full conference audience (virtually and/or physically) – there are no parallel or breakout sessions taking place. Conference language is English. Presenters receive one complimentary pass to the two-day conference (one registration per presentation). Speaker reimbursement is not normally provided.

Please send your proposals to Christoph Haxel at Dr. Haxel CEM GmbH ( Deadline: 30. June 2022. However, we would also welcome proposals, suggestions, sponsorship enquiries, etc. prior to this date.

There are also a very limited number of exhibition (table-top) spaces available on a strictly first-come, first-served basis. Please contact the organisers early to secure a place. An additional benefit of exhibiting is that all exhibitors are provided with a short “product presentation” slot during the main conference.

I am looking forward to seeing you in nice Vienna – physically or online.

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