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The value of libraries and librarians have been underestimated at several places. These slides are created to sensitize the people about the importance of libraries and to tell them about the importance of information literacy based courses in education

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    1. 1. Sangeeta Narang All India Institute of Medical Sciences New Delhi
    2. 2. Library is a collection or group of collections of books and/or other print or non-print materials organized and maintained for use (reading, consultation, study, research, etc.) (ODLIS)
    3. 3. Five Laws of Library and Information Science
    4. 4.  Libraries matter to us because knowledge matter to all of us. The basic principal has increased in value as we move into a world that is fuelled by information.  Communities thrive that are informed and knowledgeable.  Libraries are constituent to civilization and good governance.  Libraries are integral to research and educational mission of the Institute.
    5. 5. Literacy is “ability to read and write” (National Literacy Mission ) In present context- Literacy is “using printed and written information to function in society, to achieve one’s goals, and to develop one’s knowledge and potential” (U.S. National Center for Education Studies)
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    7. 7. Earlier librarians used to provide:  Basic library orientation programs  Basic services-purchasing, processing, issue-return, weeding of books, membership etc. With the Influx of technology librarians provide :  Advanced library services –formulate policies-selection, purchase, organize, manage, print/non-print materials, create repositories, membership & disseminate valuable information etc. & facilitate them  Teach information literacy to students etc.- Literature searching, database searching, evidence based practice, PBL, copyright, plagiarism , evaluation of resources  Collaborate with academicians , administrators - develop guides and tutorials and curriculum design
    8. 8. Outline- Part A  What is information literacy (IL) ?  Why IL is a critical competency for an institution & workplace and for everyday life ?  What does it mean in those contexts?  What are the issues?  Why IL is important ?  What are IL standards ?
    9. 9. Information literacy is a set of abilities enabling individuals to “recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information” (American Library Association, 1989)
    10. 10.  People lack awareness about importance of libraries and information literacy courses.  21st century workplace and everyday information literacy are not well understood or sufficiently researched  Many people do not apply, share or transfer information and skills to their successors
    11. 11. It means that information literate person should be able to :  Formulate precise, accurate question to the problem  Locate, understand, organize, use and synthesize information from variety of media and formats in order to solve the problem  Able to examine the credibility of information  Able to monitor trends and readily adapt to them Information literacy skills is must for an institutional success
    12. 12. It enables -  Lifelong Learning  Critical Thinking  Problem-solving  Information Fluency  Informed Learning  Analytical reasoning, oral and written communication skills  Social skills, the ability to listen, teamwork, collaborate
    13. 13. Information skills Values & beliefs Generic skills Discipline Topic INFORMATION LITERACY Information literacy elements
    14. 14. Generic Skills Information skills Values & beliefs Problem solving Information seeking Use information ethically Collaboration & teamwork Information use Social responsibility Critical thinking Information technology fluency Community participation
    15. 15. Information Literacy Standards
    16. 16. Recognize information need Distinguish ways of addressing the gap Construct strategies for locating Locate and access Compare and evaluate Organize , apply and communicate Synthesize and create Novice Advanced Beginner Competent Proficient Expert SEVEN PILLAR MODEL OF IL BY SCONUL
    17. 17. Information Literacy Skills Universal Access Quality Information REQUIREMENTS -
    18. 18.  Why do we need Health Information?  Definition-Health Information Literacy  About Health Science Libraries  Health Information Literacy cycle  Statement of Problem, Objectives, Scope, Methodology  Changes in Information Landscape & the challenges  Factors that influence Literacy- skills, tools, technology, availability of resources, accessibility  Outcome of this study
    19. 19.  The people’s life chances are strongly influenced by both their access to and understanding of various information resources,  It applies to everyone. No one - rich or poor, young or old - is exempt from the need to understand information about their own health or that of those for whom they are responsible.  Even complex concepts and technical jargon can be made accessible and intelligible to interested lay people.
    20. 20. Health Information Literacy is the set of abilities needed to: recognize a health information need; identify likely information sources and use them to retrieve relevant information; assess the quality of the information and its applicability to a specific situation; and analyze, understand, and use the information to make good health decisions.(Medical Library Association )
    21. 21. Realize the need of HI Able to identify, locate HI source Able to evaluate HI resource Use health information ethically Synthesize and share HI Define problem Know search strategies and formulate a query Creating and presenting new information Select, analyze the right source & judge authenticity of information, website Organize information using bibliographic management software HIL Cycle Health Information Literacy Cycle
    22. 22. They may be located in -  Universities and medical Colleges  Hospitals and postgraduate centers  Private societies  Government sponsored bodies  Pharmaceutical companies  Research Institutes  Other educational establishments
    23. 23. Not much literature or statistics appear to be available on information literacy coming from medical librarians of Delhi/India except for the sparse references or articles in learned journals, books, conference-papers, pamphlets or souvenirs.
    24. 24. Competencies to Acceptance of change Knowledge of user interaction with knowledge resources Provide quality service Be adoptive, flexible and resistant Be resourceful Excellent communication, constantly update personal knowledge base Create awareness among the users Be an information management strategist etc. Knowledge & Skills about resources (books, journals, i.e. resources, Internet) IT facilities and resources (computer, online catalogues, databases, websites, LANs etc.) Financial (budget) and Human resources (skills for manpower training) Benefits of information literacy
    25. 25.  To assess the information literacy skill levels amongst the library users in select medical institutions of Delhi  To find out the status of information literacy programs offered by librarians in the medical institutions of Delhi  To investigate the relationship between library users and librarians in the development of the information literacy programs  To relate these practices to the expectations and competencies outlined in the Information Literacy Standards Also,  To find the status of medical librarians in terms of their pay scales, staff strength and resources, services and trainings offered
    26. 26.  The project concentrates on selected medical libraries located in Delhi.  Delhi being the capital of India most of the medical libraries including NML, ICMR, NIHFW are situated here.  Libraries located in Delhi give a representative view about medical libraries of India
    27. 27.  This research uses quantitative method that involves the use of questionnaires to know about the collection details, technological infrastructure, services/facilities rendered and implementation, of IL programs curriculum, training and teaching ways adopted by librarians – Questionnaire-I  Questionnaire-II given to the library users in the medical institution of Delhi to determine their information literacy skill level  Data analysis and interpretation will be based on the feedback received from the respondents.
    28. 28. Challenges/Observations  Need trained manpower/ support staff  Collection development policies, resource sharing  Automation soft wares- Online catalogues;  Develop full text databases of indigenous resources;  Adopt to international standards, website creation;  Explore ways and means to manage & preserve information in a way that can sustain the future requirements of ICT;  Enhance utilization of resources, giving better service conditions, better physical facilities and networking  Provide efficient library services to fulfill the demand for right information at right time to the right user  Data collection
    29. 29.  Information literacy skills assessment will be seen as a crucial element. It will note gaps in research and raise research interest among librarians and library users.  It will help in remodeling the curriculum of medical education to involve more tools and techniques for enhancing health information literacy.  It will make realizations towards developing collective programs, strengthening library & health programs & communities.
    30. 30.  Ivanitskaya L, O’Boyle, I and Casey , AM Health information literacy and competencies of information age students: results from the interactive online research readiness self-assessment (RRSA) J Med Internet Res. Apr-Jun; 8(2): 2006 Available at  Majid M, Foo S, Luyt B, Zhang X, Leng Y, Yun-Ke C, Mokhtar IA Adopting evidence-based practice in clinical decision making: nurses’ perceptions, knowledge, and barriers J Med Libr Assoc. Jul;99(3):2011 Available at  Candy, Philip C Running amok with a chainsaw: A personal perspective on Information Literacy (in Three Acts) Director of Education, Training and Development NHS Connecting for Health [ power point slides]