The development of student learning and information literacy: a case study [conference item]

Rahanu, Harjinder and Georgiadou, Elli and Khan, Nawaz and Colson, Robert and Hill, Vanessa and Edwards, J. Adam (2015) The development of student learning and information literacy: a case study [conference item]. In: 12th International Scientific Conference "Western Balkan Information Literacy", 18-20 Jun 2015, Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Literacy is documented as a fundamental human right. The ability to exercise this right improves an individual’s life chances by achieving their personal, social, occupational and educational goals, and it opens opportunities for social, economic and political integration. Currently in an information and knowledge society, there is a salient need for Information Literacy (IL). IL can be defined as knowing when and why one might need information, where to find it, and how to evaluate, use and communicate it in an ethical manner. There is a need for undergraduate and postgraduate students to demonstrate a competency with information literacy skills. For example it is essential for the student to develop a thesis statement, i.e. research question and to consequently search, organise, share and evaluate the results.

In this paper we present a case studyhighligting the role of Library and Student Support (LSS) based at Middlesex University London. LSS works in conjunction with University Departments (Schools) and leads on the development and implementation of a coherent and strategic approach to the development of learner competencies. These are identified through the development and implementation of relevant University policies and strategies. We argue that other Higher Education institutions may benefit from our experience of implementing IL policy in collaboration with a Library and Student Support Service.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science
Item ID: 17222
Depositing User: Adam Edwards
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2015 10:05
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 08:30

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