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Understanding and practices of information literacy in Australian Government Libraries. Kirton

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Understanding and practices of information literacy in Australian Government Libraries. Kirton

  1. 1. Information literacy in the workplace Jennifer Kirton, Lyn Barham & Sean Brady NSW Department of Primary Industries, Australia Contact: jennifer.kirton@dpi.nsw.gov.au (The full report on this project will be published in the Australian Library Journal Vol 57 (2) 2008) The results of a pilot study of government librarians’ understanding of the principles of information literacy, the information literacy activities being undertaken and the barriers being encountered. • The workplace is a completely different context for information literacy than universities and traditional libraries. • The role of the workplace librarian is under-researched.
  2. 2. • Librarians’ contribution to workplace literacy is of increasing importance in this era where employment can be conditional on proficiency in an information-rich society.
  3. 3. Most librarians believe information literacy is an important service for their library STANDARD ONE: Recognizes the need for information and determines the nature and extent of the information needed 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Librarians include in their definition of Information Literacy FULL responsibility for teaching this standard PARTIAL responsibility for teaching this standard NO responsibility for teaching this standard
  4. 4. Most of us provide training. Do our clients know when they need help finding information? Would they approach us for that help? STANDARD TWO: Finds needed information effectively and efficiently 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Librarians include in their definition of Information Literacy FULL responsibility for teaching this standard PARTIAL responsibility for teaching this standard NO responsibility for teaching this standard
  5. 5. 91% say that we have a responsibility to teach the skill to assess information quality. Are our clients just collecting information to take up space? STANDARD THREE: Critically evaluates information and the information seeking process 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Librarians include in their definition of Information Literacy FULL responsibility for teaching this standard PARTIAL responsibility for teaching this standard NO responsibility for teaching this standard
  6. 6. Only 70% said information management is part of IL … Do Records Management or IT have a role here? STANDARD FOUR: Manages information collected or generated 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Librarians include in their definition of Information Literacy FULL responsibility for teaching this standard PARTIAL responsibility for teaching this standard NO responsibility for teaching this standard
  7. 7. The conceptual application of information is at most only partially our responsibility STANDARD FIVE: Applies prior and new information to construct new concepts or create new understandings 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Librarians include in their definition of Information Literacy FULL responsibility for teaching this standard PARTIAL responsibility for teaching this standard NO responsibility for teaching this standard
  8. 8. Is copyright and ethical use of information becoming more important in the digital environment? STANDARD SIX: Uses information with understanding and acknowledges cultural, ethical, economic, legal and social issues surrounding the use of information 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Librarians include in their definition of Information Literacy FULL responsibility for teaching this standard PARTIAL responsibility for teaching this standard NO responsibility for teaching this standard

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