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The current situation of information literacy education and curriculum design in Pakistan: a discovery using Delphi method

Syeda Hina Batool (Institute of Information Management, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan)
Ata ur Rehman (National Centre for Physics, Islamabad, Pakistan)
Imran Sulehri (Pakistan Institute of Fashion Design, Lahore, Pakistan)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 5 April 2021

Issue publication date: 8 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

The present study focused on information literacy education through a unique research lens, i.e. the Delphi process in developing countries. The primary aim of the study is to formulate an information literacy framework for higher education.

Design/methodology/approach

In total 13 experts from the field, including academicians and practitioners, were invited to build consensus on the components of an information literacy curriculum for library and information sciences or management postgraduate students.

Findings

The Delphi process was completed in three reasonable rounds to build consensus on eight information literacy course units, including computer, research, critical, information, domain-specific knowledge and copyright literacies in line with learning and communication skills. The panelists considered computer, research and critical literacies as the most significant components of an information literacy curriculum for postgraduates.

Practical implications

The proposed framework of information literacy curriculum may have considerable implications for educators, practitioners and researchers.

Originality/value

The study is unique as it focuses on developing a contextual and comprehensive information literacy education framework for information professionals.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to acknowledge the assistance and participation of experts who took part in the Delphi process and provided us with their valuable insights.

Citation

Batool, S.H., Rehman, A.u. and Sulehri, I. (2022), "The current situation of information literacy education and curriculum design in Pakistan: a discovery using Delphi method", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 40 No. 6, pp. 1705-1720. https://doi.org/10.1108/LHT-02-2021-0056

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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