Building information research skills in the Pacific region

Reysa Alenzuela (The University of the South Pacific – Emalus Campus, Port Vila, Vanuatu)
Elizabeth Fong (The University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji)
Jamie Bloss (The University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji)
Vasiti Chambers (The University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji)

Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication

ISSN: 2514-9342

Publication date: 1 April 2019

Abstract

Purpose

Information literacy (IL) enables individuals to discover new ways of thinking and new knowledge across a range of platforms, tools and media. It hopes to enable them to fit into the world of research and scholarly communication. This paper aims to describe the development and current practices in IL program at the University of the South Pacific (USP). This case study puts emphasis on how IL at USP reflects the educational priorities of the University and the region. Discussions on socio-cultural context hope to provide insights on developing a framework based on global standards that address the cultural aspect within students’ learning environment in the 12 member countries.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper mainly used desktop research and document analysis to present the IL model which is cohesively embedded within the University’s strategic plan and research skills development framework.

Findings

The results are summarized in three sections: paradigms and models as basis, current content and mode of delivery, methodologies and design for instruction and socio-cultural insights.

Research limitations/implications

At present, this study will cover Fiji (the Main Campus) and Vanuatu (School of Law). Other member countries with USP presence such as Cook Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga and Tuvalu are considered as part of the future design. Ultimately, a comprehensive model that is applicable for 21 other campuses in the ten member countries will be designed. It also hopes to be replicable in the entire Pacific context.

Practical implications

This study provides baseline data to develop future strategies for implementation in the regional level.

Originality/value

This paper deals with definitional issues of IL related to Pacific cultural contexts that goes beyond a single country, one national identity as it deals with 11 countries, a different model for networked paradigm for IL.

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Citation

Reysa Alenzuela, Elizabeth Fong, Jamie Bloss and Vasiti Chambers (2019) "Building information research skills in the Pacific region", Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication, Vol. 68 No. 3, pp. 177-190

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DOI

: https://doi.org/10.1108/GKMC-05-2018-0049

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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