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A comparative study of information literacy provision at university libraries in South Africa and the United Arab Emirates: A literature review

Mathew Moyo (North West University, Mafikeng, South Africa)
Judith Mavodza (Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)

Library Review

ISSN: 0024-2535

Article publication date: 1 February 2016

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to establish and compare the provision of information literacy (IL) skills to university students both at undergraduate and graduate levels in South Africa (SA) and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This could in turn inform the development of appropriate/suitable IL programmes to support teaching and learning.

Design/methodology/approach

A review of available scholarly papers is performed for information collection.

Findings

The findings can identify variations in IL provision within and across disciplines, deficiencies in local current and ongoing research.

Research limitations/implications

It must be noted that this is a review and conclusions from it are expected to reveal areas that require more in-depth study.

Practical implications

The study’s contribution to the field of IL lies in its revelation of what is understood by IL provision and how the ACRL standards are used to guide practice in the two different regions of the world.

Originality/value

The study is the first of its kind which compares IL practices at university libraries in SA and the UAE. It will assist policymakers and librarians in the development of appropriate IL programmes in support of teaching and learning.

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Citation

Moyo, M. and Mavodza, J. (2016), "A comparative study of information literacy provision at university libraries in South Africa and the United Arab Emirates: A literature review", Library Review, Vol. 65 No. 1/2, pp. 93-107. https://doi.org/10.1108/LR-06-2015-0069

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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