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From user education to information literacy : changing role of university libraries in Sri Lanka
 

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A paper presented on 21st March 2008 at National Institute of Library and Information Sciences (NILIS), University of Colombo, Sri Lanka in its' annual research symposium.

A paper presented on 21st March 2008 at National Institute of Library and Information Sciences (NILIS), University of Colombo, Sri Lanka in its' annual research symposium.

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    From user education to information literacy : changing role of university libraries in Sri Lanka From user education to information literacy : changing role of university libraries in Sri Lanka Presentation Transcript

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