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Information literacy developments at TUT Library. Gerda Koidla Deputy Director , TUT Library.

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Information literacy developments at tut library

Information literacy developments at TUT Library

Gerda Koidla

DeputyDirector, TUT Library


Information literacy developments at tut library

The teaching library mission must be to ensure that all graduates of the university are througly familiar with the information resources and tools in their respective fields of study, trained in their effective use, and beyond that, prepared to conduct a search for information resources in any field of inquiry


Information literacy developments at tut library

Information literacy education has long been a priority at TUT Library.

We are the only library in Estonia that has managed to deliver continuous library user training for about 50 years already.


Information literacy developments at tut library

Through a series of initiatives the library staff have achieved success in integrating information literacy in the university academic curricula.


Information literacy developments at tut library

Training information skills is a major part of the work of our subject librarians in information department.


Courses for different user groups

Coursesfordifferentusergroups

Web-based courses for

All first-year bachelor and diploma students

„Generic Information Search Skills“, in the autumn term

One part of the university compulsory subject

UTT0010 „Organization of Studies“ . Gives 1,0 credit points

Course is divided into 3 parts:

-general information about the TUT Library, e-Library

-traditional and electronic information sources

-web-based information search in the working environment designed by our system administrator, (consisted of two modules – answers` module and evaluation module)

1634 first-year students passed the course in 2009. Our subject specialists delivered lectures and exercises to 81 groups in amount of 372 hours.


Courses for different user groups1

Coursesfordifferentusergroups

Web based courses for the students of master studies programme

„Specialized Information Retrieval: Information Technology SR05050“ (1,5 credit points)

Integrated into TUT academic curricula in the university master programme (2000 – 2009)

Thanks to new (3+2) curricula – free choice course


Courses for different user groups2

Coursesfordifferentusergroups

Specialized Information Retrieval: Chemistry and Materials Technology SR05051 (1,5 credit points)

In TUT master programme 2000 – 2009

From study year 2009/2010 continues as compulsory subject KYF0100 (4,0 credit points)


Courses for different user groups3

Coursesfordifferentusergroups

  • Short courses for university researches and lectures

  • Courses for external users on request„TUT Library on-line information sources“


Information literacy developments at tut library

Coursesinco-operationwithfaculties(Carriedoutunderthemaindisciplinesaccordingtofaculties`initiative)

  • 2nd year bachelor students and postgraduates the course about information sources and information retrieval: „Chemical Information KYF3630“(4,0 credit points).

    The selected subject of the faculty of Chemical and Materials Technology. The compulsory subject of the faculty of Science

    The Library`s subject specialist of chemistry gives practical exercies of information search for students, lecturer delivers the lecture


Courses in co operation with faculties

Coursesinco-operationwithfaculties

Students of master studies`programme

  • The course in the faculty of Economics and Business Administration: „Information sources and information retrieval in Economics“

    2) ThecoursesinthefacultyofHumanities

    The aim of this general course is to give knowledge and skills for the search of subject information.

    One part ofthesubject “BasesofResearchWork”


Courses in co operation with faculties1

Coursesinco-operationwithfaculties

Doctoral degree students

- Specialized Information Retrieval course for students of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

The course gives skills for the search of the research information, once in a year


Courses in english for degree students

CoursesinEnglishfordegreestudents

  • “GenericInformationSearchSkills” inthefacultyofEconomics and BusinessAdministration

    One part ofthesubject “BusinessInformatics”,

    50 students passed thecoursein 2009

  • InthefacultyofChemical and MaterialsTechnology,

    One part ofthesubject “IntroductiontoStudies”,

    20 students passed thecoursein 2009


Il developments for the nearest future

IL developmentsforthenearestfuture

  • Generic Information Search Skills courses for

    foreign students in all faculties

  • IL courses into the academic curricula as part of some kind of subject (f.e. in Moodle environment)

  • More collaborative activities of faculty, librarians and administrators integrating IL across the university curricula


Professional development of our subject librarians

Professional developmentofoursubjectlibrarians

  • Different distant training courses at TUT “Studying and teaching on the web”, every year

  • Summer School for subject librarians of Estonian university libraries, every summer since 2001

  • Participation in the UNESCO Training the Trainers on Information Literacy Workshop in August 2008

  • Participation in the ERASMUS lifelong learning education and training programmes since 2008


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