Info._Literacy - IL for lifelong learning: Changing roles...

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IL for lifelong learning: Changing roles of Library and Information Professionals in e-Information era Abstract Main purpose of any library is to collect information and make the information dissemination an easy process, main goal is to ensure that library users gain ready access to the information they need in a timely manner so that the information is not only collected but used appropriately. In this electronic information era there is need for designing proper information literacy programmes to help users make use of information to its maximum. In this paper we discuss about the overview of information literacy and role of Library and Information Professionals in dealing with information literacy. Keywords: Information, Literacy, ICT, Information society, Information skills. Introduction The notion of information literacy, originally conceptualised in the 1970s, is now commonly used to describe the skill set required to interact effectively in the electronic environment. A variety of literacies are required in order to use networked communication technologies, digital media, and online and traditional information resources. Information literacy can be understood as the overarching term to describe the skills needed to use information and communication technologies (ICTs) effectively, and to access appropriate digital information resources. Information literacy is related to the concepts of information skills and information technology literacy. Information Literacy skill is an aspect of information literacy and may be seen as the process of gaining the tools that assist the development of information literacy, in the same way the study skills aid learning process. Information literacy implies the intellectual capabilities involved in using electronic information. Information literacy, digital literacy and e-literacy: Definitions Information-literate has been defined as “having the ability to recognize when information is needed, then to be able to locate and evaluate the appropriate information and use it effectively” (American Library Association, 1989). Information literacy (IL) is thus essential for living in the 21st century, and is of equal relevance in any state or society the world over. It is inextricably linked with both information practices and critical thinking in the information and communication technology (ICT) environment. Not only is information literacy central to achieving personal empowerment and economic development, it is pivotal to the pursuit of lifelong learning. The definition of information literacy as the ability to access, evaluate and use information helps us see IL as both a combination of learning competencies and as a mixture of ways of experiencing information use. Such descriptions fundamentally relate to the learning process and to the acquisition of knowledge, concepts of higher cognitive attainment that are more familiar in the education sector.
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This note was uploaded on 12/29/2009 for the course IWBL WBS4845 taught by Professor Mehmetali during the Fall '09 term at Middlesex UK.

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