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Is There an Information Literacy Skills Gap to Be Bridged? An Examination of Faculty Perceptions and Activities Relating to Information Literacy in the United States and England

Is There an Information Literacy Skills Gap to Be Bridged? An Examination of Faculty Perceptions... Is There an Information Literacy Skills Gap to Be Bridged? An Examination of Faculty Perceptions and Activities Relating to Information Literacy in the United States and England Jacqui Weetman DaCosta Surveys of faculty were conducted at two higher education institutions in England and the United States to ascertain their perceptions of infor- mation literacy. Faculty were also asked about the extent to which they incorporated information literacy skills into their courses. Similarities were found across the two institutions both in the importance that faculty attached to information skills and what they actually did to incorporate the skills within curricula. The results reflect an information literacy skills gap between what faculty (and librarians) want for their students and the practical reality. Librarians and faculty should work collaboratively together to bridge this gap. his paper originally grew out be beneficial in another institution, and of research conducted for a it is hoped that the findings from both master ’s program in Educa- might help enlighten future librarian/ tional Management, which faculty collaborative work. was studied in the United Kingdom. The intention was to ascertain faculty views Literature Review on information literacy, rather than just The opinions of faculty regarding infor- make http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png College & Research Libraries Unpaywall

Is There an Information Literacy Skills Gap to Be Bridged? An Examination of Faculty Perceptions and Activities Relating to Information Literacy in the United States and England

College & Research LibrariesMay 1, 2010
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Is There an Information Literacy Skills Gap to Be Bridged? An Examination of Faculty Perceptions and Activities Relating to Information Literacy in the United States and England Jacqui Weetman DaCosta Surveys of faculty were conducted at two higher education institutions in England and the United States to ascertain their perceptions of infor- mation literacy. Faculty were also asked about the extent to which they incorporated information literacy skills into their courses. Similarities were found across the two institutions both in the importance that faculty attached to information skills and what they actually did to incorporate the skills within curricula. The results reflect an information literacy skills gap between what faculty (and librarians) want for their students and the practical reality. Librarians and faculty should work collaboratively together to bridge this gap. his paper originally grew out be beneficial in another institution, and of research conducted for a it is hoped that the findings from both master ’s program in Educa- might help enlighten future librarian/ tional Management, which faculty collaborative work. was studied in the United Kingdom. The intention was to ascertain faculty views Literature Review on information literacy, rather than just The opinions of faculty regarding infor- make

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Published: May 1, 2010

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