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Information Literacy Skills among Library and Information Science Professionals: a forecaster of Research Support Services

Sakhawat Ali (Department of Library and Information Science, Government College University Faisalabad, Faisalabad, Pakistan)
Shamshad Ahmed (Department of Information Management, University of Sargodha, Sargodha, Pakistan)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 7 December 2021

Issue publication date: 8 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

The present research aims to gauge the Information Literacy Skills (ILSs) of the University Library and Information Science Professionals (LISPs) of Pakistan and consider it as a forecaster of improved Research Support Services (RSSs).

Design/methodology/approach

The purposive sampling method through a questionnaire was applied and administered (online and offline) to assemble data from LISPs of 219 universities of Pakistan. The questionnaire covered the eight factors of ILSs and four of RSSs.

Findings

The regression model illustrates that the predicted variation of ILSs in RSSs is statistically significant. The coefficient of determination (R2) indicates that ILSs predict 70% variance in RSSs. Furthermore, the beta coefficient demonstrates that the input value of “managing findings” toward improved RSSs is moderately high as compared to other factors of ILSs. Therefore, the study concludes that ILSs of LISPs are a prerequisite for their professional growth to improve their RSSs.

Originality/value

The research has discovered the whole levels of ILSs and RSSs of the university LISPs of Pakistan. The study recommends raising the ILSs of LISPs to provide more efficient RSSs.

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Citation

Ali, S. and Ahmed, S. (2022), "Information Literacy Skills among Library and Information Science Professionals: a forecaster of Research Support Services", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 40 No. 6, pp. 1689-1704. https://doi.org/10.1108/LHT-05-2021-0157

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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