Information Skills Programs: Implementation and Evaluation
Sinnasamy, Janaki (2006) Information Skills Programs: Implementation and Evaluation. In: Information Literacy and Knowledge Society: Development, Changes and Challenges. Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Literacy, 14-15 June 2006, Hilton, Kuala LUmpur, Malaysia.
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The information skills programs at the academic libraries aim to produce students with competent information seeking behaviour. This means that students will be aware of their need for information, know where the information is, how to retrieve and use them effectively for their learning and research. The ultimate vision is to enable students to be information literate. However, librarians work independently without much collaboration with the faculties. Library information skills programs are usually evaluated as useful by the students. How much the students use the strategies learnt in these programs for their learning and research is difficult for the librarians to gauge. On the other hand, the faculties deal closely with the students and so are in a better position to measure their performance. Librarians should aim to initiate a partnership with the faculty courses and the information skills programs. Similarly, academics should be aware of the impact information skills programs have on the students and encourage students to participate in these programs and also to use the library resources for their assignments and project papaper known as academic exercise. This paper discusses the relationship between the course contents of information skills programs and how it can lead to information literacy.
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