Information Literacy

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Information Literacy Program for GLC Academic Libraries

MISSION STATEMENT

Provides information literacy instruction and training based upon the needs of students, faculty, and staff as well as promotes effective use of library resources and technology.

OBJECTIVES

  • To utilize various teaching strategies and methodologies to meet the individual differences in learning
  • To present instruction in formal and informal setting, through lectures and demonstrations, to respond to the total educational process of the academic community
  • To promote life-long learning by the teaching of concepts over skills.

RATIONALE/JUSTIFICATION

Individuals and organization in today’s Global Information Society needs to master various kinds of critical information skills and competencies.  None is more important than Information Literacy and life-long learning.  Mastery of these skills will enable people and institutions both to succeed in a constantly changing and challenging highly competitive world. Only information literacy can enable people to stay ahead of competition and change. Information Literacy facilitates enlightenment, empowerment, and emancipation of information users. Critical thinkers and independent learners are the expected outcomes of an information literate person.

INFORMATION LITERACY ADVOCATORS

International: UNESCO, IFLA, ALIA, CILIP, INFORMATION LITERACY FORUM (USA)

National: National Library, University Libraries, Public Libraries

INFORMATION LITERACY CONCEPTS AND DEFINITION

Information Literacy is a set of skills that embrace the entire life cycle of knowing how to define one’s information needs, then to find, evaluate, and communicate and effectively use the retrieved information. Information Literacy is, in turn, the keystone to life-long learning. An information literate individual is a self-directed individual capable of knowing how to master life management skills. In most develop countries librarians, educators and other information professionals play a pivotal role in equipping individuals with information literacy skills, as well as furnishing them with critical opportunities to survive and thrive in this era of fierce competition.

DOYLE, C (1992, 1994)

Information literacy has been defined as the ability to access evaluates and uses information from a variety of sources.

Information literate person access information:

  • Recognize the need for information.
  • Recognize that accurate and complete information is the basis for intelligent decision making.
  • Formulates questions based on information needs.
  • Identifies potential sources.
  • Develops successful search strategies.
  • Accesses print and technology – based sources of information
  • Is a competent reader.

An information literate person evaluates information:

  • Establish authority.
  • Determines accuracy and relevance.
  • Recognize point of view and opinion versus factual knowledge.
  • Rejects inaccurate and misleading information.
  • Creates new information to replace inaccurate or missing information

An information literate person uses information:

  • Organize information for practical application.
  • Integrates new information into an existing body of knowledge.
  • Applies information in critical thinking and problem solving.

ALA. Presidential Committee on IL, 1989

To be information literate, a person must be able to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate and use effectively the needed information. Ultimately information literate people are those who have learned how to learn. They know how to learn because they know how knowledge is organize, how to find information, and how to use information.

Johnston & Webber, 2002

Information Literacy is the adoption of appropriate information behaviour  to identify, through whatever channel or medium , information well fitted to information needs, leading to wise and ethical use of information in society

INFORMATION LITERACY IMPLEMENTATION

The GLC libraries Information Literacy team has undergone 3 workshops with specific outcomes:

Workshop 1  (5-7 May 2009– UTP, 12-13 August 2009– MMU)

  • Understand the concept of information literacy and life long learning (Workshop 1)
  • Apply information literacy concepts in daily practice among the communities  they served (Workshop 1)

Workshop 2  (19-21 October 2009– UNITEN)

  • Develop IL content and syllabus for IL courses (Workshop 2)
  • Design IL programs suitable to be implemented in their organizations (Workshop 2)

Workshop 3  (8-10 December 2009– IOI Marriot Hotel & Spa)

  • Produced the teaching modules/lesson plan /Teaching resources (Workshop 3)
  • These modules/lesson plan/teaching resources will be implemented at each respective campus – January 2010

GLC TEAM MEMBERS

UTP

Muhamad Bin Md Haris

Rabiatul Ahya Mohd Shariff

Sharifah Fahimah Saiyed Yeop

Helmi Iskandar Suito

UNITEN

Md Yazid Muji

Mohd Nizam Mahat

Aisah Abdul Rahim

Ahmad Fakhiruddin

MMU

Kamal Sujak

Siti Khabsah Masrom

Nurul Norasyikin Hamzan

Najwah Abdul Halim

Noor Azimah Nawawi

Mohd Shahrom Nizam

Norazilah Masro

Consultants

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohd Sharif Mohd Saad

Assoc Prof. Norma Abu Seman

Present Situation

The GLC team has developed the overall syllabus and 6 modules:-

  1. Module 1 : Information Literacy (IL) and Information Resources
  2. Module 2 : Searching skills : OPAC
  3. Module 3 : Searching skills : Online Database
  4. Module 4 : Internet searching tools and skills
  5. Module 5 : Evaluation of information sources
  6. Module 6 : Citation styles and ethics in information use

After testing the modules for a period of 6 month, the team had concluded and improvised to only 4 selected modules:-

  1. Module 1 : Library Briefing & Tour
  2. Module 2 : Searching Skills : OPAC
  3. Module 3 : Searching Skills : Online Resources
  4. Module 4 : Bibliographic Management: RefWorks & EndNote

Additional Module will be added later (if possible):-

  1. How to do library research for postgraduate students?
  2. How to become as super searcher?

Information Literacy clinics will be organised every Wednesday afternoon (after 2.00pm) at IT Training Zone, Level 3, IRC.

Please contact our Customer Services for further details.

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