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Information literacy paradigm in academic libraries in Greece and Cyprus

Stella Korobili (Department of Library and Information Systems, Technological Educational Institution of Thessaloniki, Sindos, Greece)
Aphrodite Malliari (Department of Library and Information Systems, Technological Educational Institution of Thessaloniki, Sindos, Greece)
George Christodoulou (Department of Library and Information Systems, Technological Educational Institution of Thessaloniki, Sindos, Greece)

Reference Services Review

ISSN: 0090-7324

Article publication date: 16 May 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to investigate the attitudes and perceptions of Greek librarians regarding information literacy programs and their preparedness for such programs.

Design/methodology/approach

The study was targeted at all professional and paraprofessional staff of the academic libraries in Greece and Cyprus. The instrument was a specially designed structured questionnaire which included 20 questions, in sum 67 variables.

Findings

Most libraries do not deliver information literacy programs, but some kind of library instruction. Many respondents consider that more money, more librarians and an appropriately equipped space are the best ways to improve information literacy programs. Concerning the information literacy trainers, there are those who emphasize teaching abilities and/or pedagogical experience, and those who emphasize infrastructure and funding.

Originality/value

The paper contributes to the existing knowledge of information literacy skills by revealing certain issues regarding the academic libraries in Greece and Cyprus.

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Citation

Korobili, S., Malliari, A. and Christodoulou, G. (2008), "Information literacy paradigm in academic libraries in Greece and Cyprus", Reference Services Review, Vol. 36 No. 2, pp. 180-193. https://doi.org/10.1108/00907320810873048

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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