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Publication date: 1 September 2014

Mark Hepworth and Geoff Walton

This chapter gives a general overview of the book, indicates the rich diversity of information literacy (IL) and information behaviour (IB) work carried out and is…

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This chapter gives a general overview of the book, indicates the rich diversity of information literacy (IL) and information behaviour (IB) work carried out and is organised into four broad areas moving from the strategic to the highly contextualised. The four areas are specifically: strategic view; delivering information literacy education; the link between university and work; beyond higher education. The approach for each chapter is summarised. This chapter also examines the inter-related nature of the concepts of information literacy and information behaviour. It shows how these ideas are contextualised, theorised and researched. The authors argue that far from being conflicting approaches to the same problem of information capability, they are, in fact, complementary. Though these are epistemologically different both have much to offer in terms of explanation and also as tools for fostering information capability. The history of information literacy and information behaviour is overviewed and their inter-relation explored. It is argued that information literacy can be viewed as the practitioners’ model for delivering information capability whilst information behaviour, being more research focussed, explains it. A diagram is presented at the end of the chapter which helps to highlight and summarise the distinctions and similarities between IB and IL research.

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Developing People’s Information Capabilities: Fostering Information Literacy in Educational, Workplace and Community Contexts
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78190-766-5

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Article
Publication date: 1 January 2006

Toby Leigh Matoush

To provide an overview of innovative information literacy programs at San Jose State University King Library which may serve as models for future academic library…

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Purpose

To provide an overview of innovative information literacy programs at San Jose State University King Library which may serve as models for future academic library information literacy programs.

Design/methodology/approach

New and innovative information literacy programs at the San Jose State University King Library are discussed and analyzed. These programs include freshman and transfer student literacy programs and a proposal for campus dormitory information literacy.

Findings

Analyzes innovative and multi‐faceted character of San Jose State King Library information literacy programs. Discusses successes, lessons learned, and ongoing challenges of the freshman information literacy program and presents goals and objectives of the transfer and campus dormitory information literacy programs.

Practical implications

This paper may serve as a guide for both academic and joint‐use academic and public libraries interested in assessing or expanding their information literacy programs.

Originality/value

This paper discusses innovative information literacy programs within the context of a merged or joint‐use academic and public library and will be of value to both future joint‐use libraries and academic libraries interested in expanding and evaluating their information literacy programs.

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Reference Services Review, vol. 34 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0090-7324

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Article
Publication date: 22 March 2011

Maryam Derakhshan and Diljit Singh

The purpose of this paper is to focus on academics' point of view towards integration of information literacy into the curriculum.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to focus on academics' point of view towards integration of information literacy into the curriculum.

Design/methodology/approach

This meta‐synthesis analyzed 48 journal articles that examined issues related to integration information literacy into the curriculum. Using the Stevick‐Colaizzi‐Keen method, a meta‐synthesis of seven studies was conducted.

Findings

This process revealed four themes that outline issues related to the academics perspective: collaboration; information literacy pedagogy; information literacy skills; and knowledge.

Research limitations/implications

As this is a literature review, one limitation is lack of literature on perceptions towards information literacy. The issue will be examined further with a wider population.

Practical implications

These results suggest that more knowledge is needed to integrate information literacy into the curriculum to prepare information literate students who can effectively learn information literacy skills and research strategies to be lifelong learners.

Originality/value

The paper explores academics' perceptions towards information literacy and shows the importance of their perceptions as a key step towards embedding its successful adoption.

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Library Review, vol. 60 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0024-2535

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Article
Publication date: 27 October 2017

Bernard Besseah, Daisy Achiro, Joseph Mhando and Sadiat Adetoro Salau

This viewpoint paper aims to propose a digital and research literacy support program for postgraduate schools in sub-Saharan Africa institutions.

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Purpose

This viewpoint paper aims to propose a digital and research literacy support program for postgraduate schools in sub-Saharan Africa institutions.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper reviewed literature on postgraduate students’ skills and postgraduate information literacy programs and proposed one for postgraduate schools in sub-Saharan Africa institutions.

Findings

Information literacy programs are not implemented at the postgraduate level in sub-Saharan Africa possibly because of lack of contents for these programs.

Research limitations/implications

The course is only a proposed course that can be embedded into the postgraduate curriculum in sub-Saharan African universities. The effectiveness of the course has not been evaluated in this study.

Originality/value

The proposed information literacy program focused on digital and research literacy, which is still relatively new in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Publication date: 18 July 2013

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Developing People’s Information Capabilities: Fostering Information Literacy in Educational, Workplace and Community Contexts
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ISBN: 978-1-78190-766-5

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Article
Publication date: 1 May 2005

Evelyn A. Idiodi

To set out internationally accepted definitions of information literacy and examine them in the Nigerian context.

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Purpose

To set out internationally accepted definitions of information literacy and examine them in the Nigerian context.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper takes an initially theoretical and expository approach by setting out definitions of information literacy (IL) and contrasting other different but related concepts, such as ICT literacy, before going on to cite documented theory and practice in a variety of countries. After this, comparisons are drawn between such external standards of IL practice and prevalent approaches to information literacy acquisition in Nigeria as documented by authors and as experienced in practice.

Findings

There are important parallels in IL theory and practice between Nigeria and other countries with well‐established IL traditions, but factors such as economic instability, under‐resourcing and computer (ICT) illiteracy inhibit the full development of IL programmes.

Practical implications

The paper outlines clear steps that need to be taken to advance IL standards in Nigeria.

Originality/value

The paper offers insight into the national IL situation in Nigeria, formulates a relevant set of IL statements, and puts Nigerian practice into an international context.

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Library Review, vol. 54 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0024-2535

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Article
Publication date: 13 July 2021

Yating Li, Chi Zhou, Di Wu and Min Chen

Advances in information technology now permit the recording of massive and diverse process data, thereby making data-driven evaluations possible. This study discusses…

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Purpose

Advances in information technology now permit the recording of massive and diverse process data, thereby making data-driven evaluations possible. This study discusses whether teachers’ information literacy can be evaluated based on their online information behaviors on online learning and teaching platforms (OLTPs).

Design/methodology/approach

First, to evaluate teachers’ information literacy, the process data were combined from teachers on OLTP to describe nine third-level indicators from the richness, diversity, usefulness and timeliness analysis dimensions. Second, propensity score matching (PSM) and difference tests were used to analyze the differences between the performance groups with reduced selection bias. Third, to effectively predict the information literacy score of each teacher, four sets of input variables were used for prediction using supervised learning models.

Findings

The results show that the high-performance group performs better than the low-performance group in 6 indicators. In addition, information-based teaching and behavioral research data can best reflect the level of information literacy. In the future, greater in-depth explorations are needed with richer online information behavioral data and a more effective evaluation model to increase evaluation accuracy.

Originality/value

The evaluation based on online information behaviors has concrete application scenarios, positively correlated results and prediction interpretability. Therefore, information literacy evaluations based on behaviors have great potential and favorable prospects.

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Article
Publication date: 1 May 2005

Nicholas Joint and Jake Wallis

To investigate the role of national library associations both in promoting information literacy and in advancing the interests of the practitioner library and information worker.

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Purpose

To investigate the role of national library associations both in promoting information literacy and in advancing the interests of the practitioner library and information worker.

Design/methodology/approach

An opinion piece based on information literacy practice world‐wide and recent debate on the role of national association and professional organisations in the UK.

Findings

The dynamic role of associations for the library and information profession in a variety of countries world‐wide gives an indication of how the profession should use its own national association.

Research limitations/implications

This is purely an expression of opinion about the value of the relationship between national associations for the library and information profession and the promotion of information literacy.

Practical implications

Gives some insight into how a national professional association is uniquely positioned to support professional status and encourage job opportunities by forward‐looking policy formulation and cross‐sectoral leadership, in particular in the area of information literacy.

Originality/value

An attempt to validate at practitioner level the impact and importance of a national association by reference to real practice‐based examples and demonstrably successful international models.

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Library Review, vol. 54 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0024-2535

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Article
Publication date: 1 December 2002

Thomas H. Cunningham and Scott Lanning

Information literacy is essential for successful expeditions into the ever‐expanding knowledge frontier. Faculty and librarians can guide each other, and the learners they…

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Information literacy is essential for successful expeditions into the ever‐expanding knowledge frontier. Faculty and librarians can guide each other, and the learners they serve, past wastelands to fertile soil and reliable wells to sustain inquiry and cultivate deeper understanding in their fields of study. The authors present definitions of information literacy, describe challenges in promoting it, and offer possible solutions for promoting faculty‐librarian collaboration on information literacy.

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Reference Services Review, vol. 30 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0090-7324

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Article
Publication date: 30 October 2007

Lai Fong Li, Shirley Leung and Gladys Tam

The purpose of this paper is to reflect on The Chinese University of Hong Kong Library's development of its web‐based Information Literacy Tutorial and how it was…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to reflect on The Chinese University of Hong Kong Library's development of its web‐based Information Literacy Tutorial and how it was incorporated into the mandatory Student IT Proficiency Test.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper outlines the current trends faced by academic libraries in Hong Kong and the need to provide web‐based e‐learning tutorials on information literacy skills to support diverse ways of learning. It describes the implementation of the web‐based tutorial at The Chinese University of Hong Kong as the courseware of the information literacy section in the IT Proficiency Test.

Findings

The reference librarian's teaching role is expanding as information literacy instruction becomes increasingly valued by university administrators and faculty. The inclusion of information competencies as a graduation requirement provides opportunities to incorporate information literacy into the curriculum and foster collaboration between faculty and librarians.

Originality/value

This paper provides information on Hong Kong academic libraries and is useful for librarians planning to develop an interactive e‐learning platform on information literacy.

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Library Management, vol. 28 no. 8/9
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0143-5124

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