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Information literacy for the information profession: experiences from Aberystwyth

Information literacy for the information profession: experiences from Aberystwyth Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to report on the rationale and key learning processes for students of librarianship and information studies (LIS) at the Department of Information Studies, University of Wales Aberystwyth. Its purpose is to raise awareness of the ways in which professional training can incorporate research, and ultimately inform professional practice, and to describe the way in which recent research can be used to shape the curriculum. Design/methodology/approach – A literature review, identification of key principles for curriculum development, and discussion of processes is provided. Key learning outcomes for the course are put forward and the approach taken to them described. Findings – The description and discussion offered outline key questions for the development of courses aimed at future professionals. Research limitations/implications – The paper describes the approach taken to address the needs of professional practice in one course, and from one perspective. Originality/value – This is one of few papers that describe the rationale of LIS courses for information literacy. Elsewhere the focus of papers is on teaching information literacy to non‐LIS audiences. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Aslib Proceedings: New Information Perspectives Emerald Publishing

Information literacy for the information profession: experiences from Aberystwyth

Aslib Proceedings: New Information Perspectives , Volume 58 (6): 14 – Nov 1, 2006

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Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2006 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0001-253X
DOI
10.1108/00012530610713579
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to report on the rationale and key learning processes for students of librarianship and information studies (LIS) at the Department of Information Studies, University of Wales Aberystwyth. Its purpose is to raise awareness of the ways in which professional training can incorporate research, and ultimately inform professional practice, and to describe the way in which recent research can be used to shape the curriculum. Design/methodology/approach – A literature review, identification of key principles for curriculum development, and discussion of processes is provided. Key learning outcomes for the course are put forward and the approach taken to them described. Findings – The description and discussion offered outline key questions for the development of courses aimed at future professionals. Research limitations/implications – The paper describes the approach taken to address the needs of professional practice in one course, and from one perspective. Originality/value – This is one of few papers that describe the rationale of LIS courses for information literacy. Elsewhere the focus of papers is on teaching information literacy to non‐LIS audiences.

Journal

Aslib Proceedings: New Information PerspectivesEmerald Publishing

Published: Nov 1, 2006

Keywords: Information literacy; Information studies; Universities; Wales

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