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Information Literacy Program for Social Sciences: A Workshop Report. Sponsored by Indian Council of Social Science Research. Computer Literacy. Learning to Learn. L E A R N @ D U L S. IT Literacy. Information Literacy. Information Skills. Library Skills. Rajesh Singh

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Information literacy program for social sciences a workshop report
Information Literacy Program for Social Sciences:A Workshop Report

Sponsored by Indian Council of Social Science Research

Computer

Literacy

Learning to

Learn

L

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A

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N

@

D

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IT Literacy

Information

Literacy

Information

Skills

Library Skills

Rajesh Singh

Deputy Librarian

E-Resources & Training

Delhi University Library System

University of Delhi, Delhi


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Information Literacy Program for Social Sciences:A Workshop Report

  • Summary

    • Introduction

    • Information Literacy defined

    • Information Literacy components

    • Delhi University Library System Profile

    • Information Literacy Programs at DULS

    • ILP for Social Science Researchers

      • Components

      • Feed Back

  • Implications


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Information Literacy Program for Social Sciences:A Workshop Report

  • Introduction

    • Increasing role of ICT in libraries and information centers.

    • Internet an unavoidable necessity for institution of higher learning and research.

    • The subscribed as well as public domain e-resources are bound to play a vital role in teaching, learning and research including in life-long learning.

    • This necessitates to make the users competent enough for retrieving precise and relevant information as per their needs.

    • To deliver the right kind of information services to the right users at the right time, demands for well structured Information Literacy and Competency Programs.


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Information Literacy Program for Social Sciences:A Workshop Report

  • Information Literacy defined

    • Information literacy is a set of individual ability "to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate and use effectively the needed information“

    • It is a set of competencies that an informed citizen of an information society ought to posses to participate actively and intelligently in that society.


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Information Literacy Program for Social Sciences:A Workshop Report

  • Information Literacy Aspects

    • Tool literacy: The ability to understand and use tools of current information technology relevant to education and professional life.

    • Resource literacy: The ability to understand the form, format, location and access methods of information resources.

    • Research Literacy: The ability to understand and use the IT based tools relevant to the work of today’s scholars and researchers.

    • Critical Literacy: The ability to evaluate critically the intellectual, human and social strengths and weaknesses, potentials and limits, benefits and costs of information technologies.

    • Emerging Technology: The ability to adapt, understand, and evaluate the emerging technologies and make use of the continually emerging innovations in IT.


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Information Literacy Program for Social Sciences:A Workshop Report

DULS Profile

  • DULS comprising of 34 libraries comprising of major libraries, faculty libraries, departmental libraries and subject libraries;

  • It has a collection of about 14.5 lac books, 1300 periodicals, 20000 theses and dissertations;

  • It subscribes to a large number of databases and is an active member of UGC-Infonet.

  • DULS keeps on researching on public domain E-resources

  • Library users at DULS Faculty Students


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Information Literacy Program for Social Sciences:A Workshop Report

objectives

  • To acquaint the users with the power of Internet;

  • To show how multimedia web resources could be of immense use in their academic pursuit and research;

  • To describe specific features of various databases;

  • To promote the use of subscribed/ public domain databases in study, teaching and research.

  • To acquaint the users with the use of various search techniques.


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Information Literacy Program for Social Sciences:A Workshop Report

Objectives Contd…

  • To recognize the need for information, and to evaluate, organize, interpret, and communicate information in all its formats;

  • To provide research-integrated instruction in collaboration with the faculty and in alignment with research objectives;

  • To establish a direct interaction between users and library professionals.

  • To explain the necessity of bibliographical citations and its usefulness.

  • To promote the use of standardized citations of bibliographical references.


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Information Literacy Program for Social Sciences:A Workshop Report

  • Thus information literate library users are supposed to:

    • Be competent, independent learners;

    • Actively engage in the world of ideas;

    • Confidently solve problems;

    • Know what is relevant information;

    • Use technological tools to access information and communicate;

    • Operate comfortably in multiple answers or no answers situations;

    • Have high standards for their work and use information ethically;

    • Create quality products.


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Information Literacy Program for Social Sciences:A Workshop Report

ILP at DULS

  • ILP for Post Graduate Students

  • ILP for Research Scholars

  • ILP for College Teachers

  • Information Literacy Lab


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Information Literacy Program for Social Sciences:A Workshop Report

ILP for Social Science Researchers

Social Science Research and the Internet

  • Internet : a biggest source of information with widest coverage and the fastest access.

  • Evaluating Internet Resources:Authority, Accuracy, Currency, Coverage, Objectivity

  • Google Services: Anatomy of Search, Special search tips, A Reference tool, Google Scholar, Google Patents, Google Books, etc.

  • Public Domain Resources: Subject Gateways, E-Books, E-Journals, Scholarly Websites, etc.


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Information Literacy Program for Social Sciences:A Workshop Report

Information Competency in Social Sciences

The Presentation mainly described the following aspects.

  • Internet and Academic Research in Social Sciences.

  • Features of Electronic Information Sources.

  • Importance of Subscribed databases

  • Role of E-resources in Social Science Research.

  • Orientation to subscribed databases

  • Practical exposure

  • The scope, coverage and important features of all the Social Science databases subscribed by DULS databases available from UGC- Infonet were described to the audience.

  • Some selected topics of research were practically searched and demonstrated.


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Information Literacy Program for Social Sciences:A Workshop Report

  • Bibliographic Citations

  • The presentation of Bibliographic citations was based on the Chicago Manual of style, 15th edition.

  • Introduction to bibliographic citations;

  • Need & Importance of citations in scholarly writings;

  • What is plagiarism? ;

  • How can we avoid plagiarism ?;

  • Sources that need to be credited or acknowledge in scholarly writings;

  • Some tips on preventing plagiarism;

  • Different manuals of style for bibliographic citations;

  • The 15th ed. of the Chicago Manual of Style comprising, general guide lines and how to cite different sources : rules and examples was described to the audience.

  • The presentation practically demonstrated the various rules regarding bibliographical citations and how to make the citations in research.


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Information Literacy Program for Social Sciences:A Workshop Report

Search Techniques

Use of Internet in teaching, learning and research largely depends upon the knowledge of search techniques. The presentation deliberated on the

  • Role of WWW in academic research.

  • Use of Internet worldwide.

  • Features of web resources.

  • Types of resources on the web.

  • Importance of e-resources in academic research.

  • How to find relevant and precise information.

  • Recall, Relevance and precision in web search

  • Kinds of search :Phrase search, Field search, Boolean operators, Proximity search, Controlled vocabulary, Concept Map, Limiting/Refining searches, Publication search, Visual search, Related topics

  • The above web search techniques were defined and practically demonstrated to the audience. Important subscribed databases were used to practically demonstrate the search techniques.


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Information Literacy Program for Social Sciences:A Workshop Report

Feedback Analysis

  • There were total 150 research scholars who participated in the workshop out of which 89 researchers were from M.Phil and 61 researchers were from Ph. D.

  • a total of 98.67% of participants (48.67% strongly agree and 50% aggress) have reported that the presentation is focused on materials and skills that are relevant to current research

  • In terms of clarity of explanation as good as 86.67% of participants (32% strongly agree and 54.67% agree) have responded that the various subscribed databases e-resources on WWW, searching techniques and the concept of bibliographical citations are clearly explained.

  • Responding to the usefulness of instruction material a total of 92% of participants (44% strongly aggress and 48% aggress) have found the instruction material (e.g multimedia websites etc) useful for their research.


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Information Literacy Program for Social Sciences:A Workshop Report

Feedback Analysis Contd…

  • As for as the impact of the workshop on research activity is concerned 53.33% of respondents are strongly agree, 42% agree, and 1.33% disagree to the statement that the workshop is going to improve web searching capabilities use of e-resources and citation pattern in my research work.

  • To the statement, ‘Researchers are more prepared to use library and WWW services for research assignments as a result of this session’ 43.33% participants strongly agree, 49.33% agree.

  • A total of 85.33% of audience (34% strongly agree and 51.33% agree) have found that the content given in the presentation shows the academic flavor of the librarians’ grasp on the subject matter.

  • As far as physical environment is concerned 88.66% of participants have termed the physical environment suitable for instruction.

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Information Literacy Program for Social Sciences:A Workshop Report

To sum up

WE:

  • Develop necessary skills in defining users’ information needs;

  • Make them understand various formats in which information resources are available;

  • Make them understand the advantages of e-resources over printed resources;

  • Develop necessary skills to use various types of search techniques (basic and advanced) for precise answers to their queries;

  • Expose them with the coverage of various databases vis-à-vis their syllabi / subject requirements;


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Information Literacy Program for Social Sciences:A Workshop Report

WE:

  • Make them understand the features and search strategy of each database vis-à-vis their syllabi/ topic of interest;

  • Amalgamate their requirements with textual and multimedia resources;

  • Expose them with quality Public Domain resources, Subject Gateways, public domain e-journals, e-books, and subject specific websites;

  • Provide them opportunity to practice with structured tutorials in the training centre.


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Information Literacy Program for Social Sciences:A Workshop Report

Thank You

Very Much

For Your Patient Hearing

Rajesh Singh

Deputy Librarian, E-Resources &Trg.

Delhi University Library System

University of Delhi, DELHI

[email protected]


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