Information Literacy

Information literacy programme: 30 years experience of Manipur University Library

Author: 
Chingsubam Bijenti Chanu and Charoibam Ibohal Singh (pp. 35-46)
ABSTRACT: 
States that University library plays an important role in enhancing accessibility to knowledge resources to the users. University library exist to serve the needs of the university in providing knowledge resources. They have centrally positioned themselves in providing and implementing information literacy programme. They acquire, describe and make the information available to their users in a variety of formats, which may include print, audio, video and electronic formats. The present study has been taken up to assess the way how the Manipur University Library (MUL) conduct such programmes taking into account its 30 years of experience. For the collection of data pertaining to the study, Manipur University Library (MUL) has been taken as study area. Data were collected by means of face to face interview with the university librarian and his staff and scanning ofannual reports of the university. The study discussed the various information literacy programme (ILP) conducted by the library. It shows that, though in a slow pace, MUL library is conducting various ILP from time to time since its inception for providing better services in term of knowledge resources.
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Critical pedagogy and informational literacy in higher education: A theoretical approach

Author: 
Jose Luis Evangelista-Marquez and Javier Tarango (pp. 1-14)
ABSTRACT: 
Addresses two fundamental aspects in higher education: critical pedagogy and information literacy (IL), taking as antecedent functional literacy principles embodied in the scientific literature by Paulo Freire and his influence in Latin America in the adult learning process. Takes the ethical implications of critical pedagogy and contributions of IL in pedagogy, as forming tendency of students and teachers as competent individuals to face the challenges of the knowledge society brand. Consider the IL as an educational process rather than merely a librarian environmental, because their spheres of action are higher in both contexts as ways to access information and knowledge.
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Information literacy among public library users with special reference to the T.S. Central State Library, Chandigarh

Author: 
Suman Lata and Sanjeev Sharma
ABSTRACT: 
Explores the information literacy competency of the users of the T. S. Central State Library Chandigarh. All the users were able to identify and specify their information need. Out of 88 users, 68 (77.27%) were aware that dictionary is the best source to find the meaning of a word. 55 (62.50%) users were aware that a directory is the accurate source to locate the addresses and telephone numbers. Only 36 (40.90%) users were aware that an encyclopedia is the best source for locating basic background information on a topic. Only 16 (18.18%) and 12 (13.64%) users were very confident in accessing and evaluating information in print & electronic format Boolean operators were used by only 8 (9.09%) users. A majority of the respondents lacked the awareness about the shelf arrangement, bibliography and information search method. Thus their information retrieval skills were very low for searching required information from the sources. Only 18 (20.45%) users were very satisfied and 26 (29.54%) were satisfied with the present library orientation.
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Information literacy competency among the post-graduate students: A case study

Author: 
Madhusoodanan C. & A.K. Baradol
ABSTRACT: 
Reports the results of a survey conducted at Government College, Kasargod, Kerala to assess the information literacy competency among post graduate students. Highlights that even though most of the students are computer literate yet majority of them do not have necessary information literacy skills. Lack of information literacy skills among post graduate students as reflected in the study has emphasised the need of information literacy skill training among post graduate students.
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