Information Literacy Promotion for Undergraduate Students of Rajabhat Universities : Current Situations

Show simple item record Praima Hiangrat, Chutima Sacchanand Songphan Choemprayong 2019-06-18T05:07:20Z 2019-06-18T05:07:20Z 2018
dc.description.abstract This research study aimed to explore the current situations of information literacy promotion for undergraduate students of Rajabhat Universities. Applying content analysis technique, annual reports, self-assessment reports and 38 websites of the universities and libraries were collected as the main data sources. For semi-structured interviews, the key informants, selected by the purposive sampling method, included 10 library directors/librarians who were responsible for information literacy promotion. The instruments used for collecting data were a content analysis form and an interview form. Qualitative data was were analyzed and synthesized using thematic analysis approach whereas quantitative data analysis covers the frequency and the percentage. As a result, for all Rajabhat Universities, the term ‘information literacy’ was not explicitly incorporated in the university policies, philosophies, visions, missions, and administrative plans. Nonetheless, some relevant concepts were found in the documents on desired characteristics for the graduates. All Rajabhat University libraries, however, organized surrounding environments that enhanced learning atmosphere, and were well equipped with infrastructure on information technology. There were also internal and external links of the internet. In most university libraries, the service section was in charge of information literacy promotion, particularly as user education activities (97.37%) as well as Q&A and information retrieval support services (81.58%). All Rajabhat University libraries did not allocate the budgets to promote information literacy specifically; the activities organized by all University libraries did not cover all Standards specified by the Association of College and Research Libraries: ACRL. Such activities included library orientations/library tours, providing library manuals, brochures and printed media (100%), and training sessions (94.74%). Mostly, the contents regarding information literacy focused on Standard 2: Access the needed information effectively and efficiently; namely, via information retrieval and on-line databases services (94.74%). The contents also concentrated on Standard 5: Understand many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally, especially in bibliographies and references (26.31%). In Standard 3: Evaluate information and its sources critically and incorporates selected information into one’s knowledge base and value system, such contents were not found in the included documents. A few Rajabhat University libraries produced a video to introduce how to use the library (28.95%). All Rajabhat Universities had a faculty-librarian relationship through a cooperation requested by the faculty members (81.58%), but it was not officially stated in the policy. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Library Network, Eastern University, Sri Lanka en_US
dc.subject Information literacy en_US
dc.subject Information literacy promotion en_US
dc.subject Undergraduate student en_US
dc.subject Rajabhat Universities en_US
dc.title Information Literacy Promotion for Undergraduate Students of Rajabhat Universities : Current Situations en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.identifier.sslno 06 en_US

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    International Symposium 2018 EMERGING TRENDS IN EDUCATION AND LIBRARY & INFORMATION SCIENCE which covers the theme of ‘Re-Engineering Libraries to Align with Transitioning Educational & Technological Paradigms’

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