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Unique or ubiquitous: information literacy instruction outside academia

Unique or ubiquitous: information literacy instruction outside academia The purpose of this paper is to investigate how US public libraries offer information literacy (IL) instruction to their patrons.Design/methodology/approachThe study is a content analysis of eight library websites to determine passive IL instruction and active literacy instruction.FindingsLibrary web guides offer passive IL instruction by highlighting resources patrons may wish to access to resolve information inquiries. Further, the authors found that a little less than 50 per cent of library programming offers some IL instruction, the majority of which relates to helping patrons learn to use tools to create information products.Originality/valueIL is the ability to recognize the need for information, to effectively find information to meet that need and to use information for some purpose or goal. Academic, school and public libraries believe that understanding and using information critically and effectively bring gains to an individual and to society. However, they diverge in how and why they engage in IL instruction. The authors’ findings suggest that less than half of the libraries surveyed are providing active IL instruction, despite the recognition of the benefits IL provides. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Reference Services Review Emerald Publishing

Unique or ubiquitous: information literacy instruction outside academia

Reference Services Review , Volume 47 (1): 12 – Apr 24, 2019

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Emerald Publishing
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© Emerald Publishing Limited
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0090-7324
DOI
10.1108/rsr-12-2018-0075
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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to investigate how US public libraries offer information literacy (IL) instruction to their patrons.Design/methodology/approachThe study is a content analysis of eight library websites to determine passive IL instruction and active literacy instruction.FindingsLibrary web guides offer passive IL instruction by highlighting resources patrons may wish to access to resolve information inquiries. Further, the authors found that a little less than 50 per cent of library programming offers some IL instruction, the majority of which relates to helping patrons learn to use tools to create information products.Originality/valueIL is the ability to recognize the need for information, to effectively find information to meet that need and to use information for some purpose or goal. Academic, school and public libraries believe that understanding and using information critically and effectively bring gains to an individual and to society. However, they diverge in how and why they engage in IL instruction. The authors’ findings suggest that less than half of the libraries surveyed are providing active IL instruction, despite the recognition of the benefits IL provides.

Journal

Reference Services ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: Apr 24, 2019

Keywords: Information literacy instruction; Public libraries; Critical information literacy

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