Information Literacy and Academic Libraries: The SCONUL Approach UK-Ireland.Report as inadecuate

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Discussions of "skills" in higher education often conflate "information technology (IT)" skills and "information skills". The second term is broader and more directly related to the aims and processes of higher education as a "knowledge creation" activity. A clear distinction should be made between information skills and IT skills. Both information skills and IT skills are essential parts of a wider concept of information literacy. A broadly-based definition of information skills in higher education reflects twin dimensions of the "competent student" and the "information literate" person. For the development of the information literate person, the United Kingdom's Standing Conference of National and University Libraries (SCONUL) proposes seven sets of skills developing from a basic competence in library and IT skills. These include the ability to: (1) recognize a need for information; (2) distinguish ways in which the information gap may be addressed; (3) construct strategies for location information; (4) locate and access information; (5) compare and evaluate information obtained from different sources; (6) organize, apply, and communicate information to others in ways appropriate to the situation; and (7) synthesize and build upon existing information, contributing to the creation of new knowledge. (Contains 14 references.) (Author/MES)

Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Information Literacy, Information Skills, Information Technology, Library Associations, Models, National Libraries, Skill Development

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Author: Bainton, Toby


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