Form User Education to Information Literacy:  Changing Role of University Libraries W.M.T.D. Ranasinghe, Assistant Librari...
Contents <ul><li>Higher Education in the new century  </li></ul><ul><li>Information Literacy (IL) </li></ul><ul><li>Role o...
Higher Education in the new century <ul><li>Higher Education (HE) in the new century has to deal with competition </li></u...
Higher Education in the new century <ul><li>Reforms in HE with greater focus on  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>active learning </l...
Information Literacy (IL)  <ul><li>A prerequisite for lifelong learning </li></ul><ul><li>Common to  </li></ul><ul><ul><li...
Information Literacy (IL) <ul><li>“ the ability to recognize when information is needed, and to be able to locate and eval...
Stakeholders in IL Teaching Faculty Collaboration Libraries/Librarians
Role of the Library in IL <ul><li>Traditionally </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Library Instruction  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bibl...
Role of the Library in IL <ul><li>Information Explosion, ICT has deeply affected academic libraries  </li></ul><ul><li>As ...
Role of the Library in IL <ul><li>Recent trends in library environment raise questions about the adequacy of the tradition...
IL Skills of New Entrants - 2007/2008 Survey
User Education Programs in University Libraries <ul><li>100% - conduct user education programs </li></ul><ul><li>50% - sep...
User Education Programs in University Libraries <ul><li>Methods </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lectures 90% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul>...
User Education Programs in University Libraries <ul><li>Areas mostly covered:  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduction to Secti...
User Education Programs in University Libraries <ul><li>Areas occasionally covered:  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>use of referenc...
User Education Programs in University Libraries <ul><li>Deficiencies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>totally designed as an orientat...
IL in University of Kelaniya Library <ul><li>Workshop series on e-information skills </li></ul><ul><li>Information Literac...
Workshop series on e-information skills <ul><li>139 students </li></ul><ul><li>2 faculties/9 departments </li></ul><ul><li...
Response
Response
Response
IL Skills Development Course : Pilot Project <ul><li>The main objective of this course was to  </li></ul><ul><li>introduce...
IL Pilot Project <ul><li>Bio-science students (new intake)  </li></ul><ul><li>2007/2008 </li></ul><ul><li>167 students in ...
Course contents <ul><li>1.1 Introduction to the Programme (1 hr) </li></ul><ul><li>1.2 Introduction to Information Literac...
Challenges <ul><li>Size of the target group </li></ul><ul><li>Lecture rooms </li></ul><ul><li>Managing time </li></ul><ul>...
Result… Poor participation of students
Positive Thinking
Future… <ul><li>Present practices to be formalized </li></ul><ul><li>Present practices to be regular </li></ul><ul><li>Pre...
Give a man a fish & you feed him for a day Teach a man to fish & you feed him for a lifetime - Chinese proverb Thank  You!
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  1. 1. Form User Education to Information Literacy: Changing Role of University Libraries W.M.T.D. Ranasinghe, Assistant Librarian, University of Kelaniya. http:// tharangaonline.blogspot.com NILIS Research Symposium – 2009
  2. 2. Contents <ul><li>Higher Education in the new century </li></ul><ul><li>Information Literacy (IL) </li></ul><ul><li>Role of the Library in IL </li></ul><ul><li>IL Skills of Students </li></ul><ul><li>User Education Programs in University Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>IL in University of Kelaniya Library </li></ul>
  3. 3. Higher Education in the new century <ul><li>Higher Education (HE) in the new century has to deal with competition </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible learning and critical thinking enable students more productive </li></ul><ul><li>Developing lifelong learners - Mission of HE </li></ul>
  4. 4. Higher Education in the new century <ul><li>Reforms in HE with greater focus on </li></ul><ul><ul><li>active learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>lifelong learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>critical thinking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>problem-solving </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>career preparation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>assessment of learning outcomes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Thompson, Gary B. (2002 ) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Information Literacy (IL) <ul><li>A prerequisite for lifelong learning </li></ul><ul><li>Common to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>all disciplines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>all learning environments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>all levels of education </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Extends learning beyond formal classroom settings </li></ul><ul><li>Supports individuals in self directed learning in all arenas of life </li></ul><ul><li>Now considered as a key outcome for college students </li></ul>
  6. 6. Information Literacy (IL) <ul><li>“ the ability to recognize when information is needed, and to be able to locate and evaluate the appropriate information and use it effectively” </li></ul><ul><li>“ an information literate is a person who must be able to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information” </li></ul><ul><li>- American Library Association 1989 </li></ul>
  7. 7. Stakeholders in IL Teaching Faculty Collaboration Libraries/Librarians
  8. 8. Role of the Library in IL <ul><li>Traditionally </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Library Instruction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bibliographic Instruction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>User Education </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Focused upon making students aware of and knowledgeable about library resources, services, etc. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Role of the Library in IL <ul><li>Information Explosion, ICT has deeply affected academic libraries </li></ul><ul><li>As a result, there is an increase of </li></ul><ul><ul><li>information resources available online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>flexible delivery of information via networks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>computer literate user community </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Role of the Library in IL <ul><li>Recent trends in library environment raise questions about the adequacy of the traditional approach??? </li></ul>Library Instruction User Education Information Literacy
  11. 11. IL Skills of New Entrants - 2007/2008 Survey
  12. 12. User Education Programs in University Libraries <ul><li>100% - conduct user education programs </li></ul><ul><li>50% - separate section for UE </li></ul><ul><li>100% - cover new entrants (UG) </li></ul><ul><li>60% - cover postgraduate students </li></ul><ul><li>100% - During the 1 st semester </li></ul><ul><li>10% - During the 2 nd semester </li></ul>
  13. 13. User Education Programs in University Libraries <ul><li>Methods </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lectures 90% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lecture & Guided tours 70% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PowerPoint presentations 90% </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In addition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Library handbooks 80% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Special brochures 50% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web publications 30% </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. User Education Programs in University Libraries <ul><li>Areas mostly covered: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduction to Sections of and User Services of the Library - 100% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduction to Library Rules, Borrow/Return Procedures of Library Materials – 100% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Searching of the Card Catalogue – 90% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OPAC Search – 70% </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. User Education Programs in University Libraries <ul><li>Areas occasionally covered: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>use of reference materials/ periodicals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>use of electronic/ multimedia resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>use of databases/ Internet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>searching techniques and search strategies </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. User Education Programs in University Libraries <ul><li>Deficiencies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>totally designed as an orientation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>limited mostly to new entrants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>not conducted on a regular basis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>insufficient attention on improving IL skills </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. IL in University of Kelaniya Library <ul><li>Workshop series on e-information skills </li></ul><ul><li>Information Literacy Skills Development Course – Pilot Project </li></ul>
  18. 18. Workshop series on e-information skills <ul><li>139 students </li></ul><ul><li>2 faculties/9 departments </li></ul><ul><li>9 workshops/ </li></ul><ul><li>2 ½ hour workshop with hands-on training </li></ul><ul><li>Librarians as resource persons </li></ul>
  19. 19. Response
  20. 20. Response
  21. 21. Response
  22. 22. IL Skills Development Course : Pilot Project <ul><li>The main objective of this course was to </li></ul><ul><li>introduce the concept of IL and to impart basic IL skills among undergraduates. </li></ul><ul><li>The Secondary aim was to identify the </li></ul><ul><li>limitations/issues related to the planning &conduct of such courses for </li></ul><ul><li>undergraduates. </li></ul>
  23. 23. IL Pilot Project <ul><li>Bio-science students (new intake) </li></ul><ul><li>2007/2008 </li></ul><ul><li>167 students in two groups ( 99, 68) </li></ul><ul><li>7 resource persons (Professor & lecturer </li></ul><ul><li>in LIS, 5 librarians) </li></ul>
  24. 24. Course contents <ul><li>1.1 Introduction to the Programme (1 hr) </li></ul><ul><li>1.2 Introduction to Information Literacy (1 hr) </li></ul><ul><li>1.3 Information Sources : Print and non-print (1 hr) </li></ul><ul><li>1.4 Introduction to Information Sources : dictionaries, Encyclopaedias, Yearbooks, Biographical sources, Bibliographies, Indexes & Abstracts, Government publications, Journals (2 hrs) </li></ul><ul><li>2.1 Introduction to Online Information Sources: Web-based resources, Full-text databases </li></ul><ul><li>available to the academic community in Sri Lanka, Subject gateways (3 hrs) </li></ul><ul><li>2.2 Information searching (2 hrs) </li></ul><ul><li>3.1 Effective use of libraries: Library classification and cataloguing systems (1 hr) </li></ul><ul><li>3.2 OPACs and Web OPACs (1 hr) </li></ul><ul><li>4. Evaluation of information sources (1 hr) </li></ul><ul><li>5. Presentation of information, citation techniques (citation style manuals), compilation of </li></ul><ul><li>bibliographies, plagiarism (2 hrs) </li></ul>
  25. 25. Challenges <ul><li>Size of the target group </li></ul><ul><li>Lecture rooms </li></ul><ul><li>Managing time </li></ul><ul><li>Availability of resource persons </li></ul><ul><li>Testing and evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Funding </li></ul>
  26. 26. Result… Poor participation of students
  27. 27. Positive Thinking
  28. 28. Future… <ul><li>Present practices to be formalized </li></ul><ul><li>Present practices to be regular </li></ul><ul><li>Present library instruction and user </li></ul><ul><li>education programs should be shifted to IL programs </li></ul><ul><li>IL should be incorporated to curricula </li></ul><ul><li>Further studies on the role of university libraries in improving IL skills of undergraduate student community </li></ul>
  29. 29. Give a man a fish & you feed him for a day Teach a man to fish & you feed him for a lifetime - Chinese proverb Thank You!

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