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Information literacyas a motivatorforreading and research Vilve Seiler, Kärt Miil University of Tartu Library, Estonia CoBal 9 2011, Trakai
Overview • Why information literacy? • Online information literacy course “Basics of Information Literacy” • Content analysis of students reflections and feedback • Results of the study: whateffectdoesinformationliteracyhave on reading
Information literacy defined „To be information literate, a person must be able to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate and use effectively the needed information.” American Library Assosciation. (1989). Presidential Committee on Information Literacy: Final Report.
Information literacy and lifelonglearning “Informationliteracyformsthebasisforlifelonglearning. Itiscommonto all disciplines, to all learningenvironments, and to all levelsofeducation. Itenableslearnerstomastercontent and extendtheirinvestigations, becomemoreself-directed, and assumegreatercontrolovertheirownlearning.” AssociationofCollege and ResearchLibraries. (2000).Informationliteracycompetencystandardsforhighereducation.
Information LiteracyCompetency Standardsfor higher education An information literate individual is able to • Determine the extent of information needed • Access the needed information effectively and efficiently • Evaluate information and its sources critically and incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base • Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose • Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally Association of College and Research Libraries. (2000).Information literacy competency standards for higher education.
Online course Basics of Information Literacy • Free elective course for all faculties • 3 ECTS credit points, 8 weeks • Since 2007, every year 50-80 graduates • Target group: Bachelor’s and Master’s students • Subject librarians as instructors • Individual tutoring and feedback
Teachingand learning activities • Information search exercises on students’research topic • Individual feedback from instructors • All exercises and feedback visible to all participants
https://www.is.ut.ee/pls/ois/tere.tulemast?viit=2198975 https://www.is.ut.ee/pls/ois/tere.tulemast?viit=2198975 Content analysis of students reflections and feedback • Data derived from course feedback posts and reflections from final home assignments • Qualitative content analysis as a method for analysing and interpretation of the data • Qualitative data analysis software Atlas.ti
What effect does information literacy have on reading? We analysed the students’ self-assessments about • their earlier knowledge of information search and databases • their evaluation of knowledge gained from the information literacy course • how the course changed the students’ attitudes
The earlier knowledge: Themain aids forfindinginformation For me, ESTER was the only database that I had ever used and I thought that it was perfectly sufficient. Honestly, so far, I had searched only by trial and error.
Evaluation of the knowledge gained Right now, before writing my graduation thesis, Icannot imagine that I should know as little of information search as I used to before Having formerly been a devoted user of Google, I can now pay attention to other sources as well. I even could not imagine how many very useful and interesting writings exist in this field.
Delight in good results Performing searches is addictive, especially if you are searching on a subject that is very thrilling for you I found interesting reading materials just thanks to this course. I was delighted with the e-books database ebrary
Information literacy helps people in all spheres of life Usefulinfuturejob People working in medicine have the obligation of all the time keeping up with new information, meaning they have to read and analyse scientific literature. Betterresearchpapers I believe that due to my new skills, my master’s thesis will be of better quality. I took great pains to find material for my bachelor’s thesis Usefulfor personal interests I know now that through different databases I can access quite a large selection of IT journals, where there are interesting articles
What did the course change? I feel much more confident in my future research Poor information literacy could hinder (if not interrupt) the academic careers of many students and it cannot be expected that all students could master it independently.