The Creating Knowledge Conference This conference focuses on higher education

The creating knowledge conference this conference

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The Creating Knowledge Conference : This conference focuses on higher education and information literacy. The conference programme is broad and varied with engaging presentations, workshops and discussions on a wide range of information literacy topics. The conference is primarily targeted at librarians, researchers, information of fi - cers, IT-strategists and engineers, architects, education and library planners, and students. (CK1999 website) Creating Knowledge conferences provide an excellent opportunity to expand cooperation and to develop joint strategies for information literacy that are viable for the future (CK2016). A Romanian conference on Information Literacy has been organised since 2010 in Sibiu, Romania by the Lucian Blaga University Library in Sibiu. The Western Balkan Information and Media Literacy Conference has been organised since 2013 in Bihac, Bosnia-Herzegovina. It is supported by, inspired by, and dedicated to the work and achievements of the European Union Capacity Building in the Field of Higher Education (CBHE) project 561987 Library Network Support Services (LNSS): modernising libraries in Western Balkan countries through staff development and reforming library services. This is a unique, pioneering European Union funded project, which aims to reinforce and modernise libraries and to improve library staff competency and skills in Western Balkan countries to develop innovative libraries as a support to education and lifelong learning. CBHE is an European Union programme that aims to support the modernisation, accessibility, and internationalisation of higher education in Partner Countries in regions such as Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Western Balkans and the Mediterranean mainly through university cooperation projects. As a result of the involvement of leading international experts in the IL fi eld in WBIMLC, the concept of Information Literacy, which prior to WBIMLC was almost completely unknown in the Western Balkan region, has fi rmly taken hold and is now embedded in many universities in the Region. WBIMLC celebrates the clear enthusiasm and passion of IL enthusiasts not only in the Western Balkans but also at an international level. The proceedings are found in open access from wbimlc.org . Norway and Romania Our own interest in students perception of and attitude to library services started in 2007, when we conducted a survey on Norwegian and Romanian student attitudes. We found that one of the areas in which students in both nations needed better services was within the fi eld of information literacy (IL). 1 Background and Earlier Research 5
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To support our understandings of students acts and attitudes with regard to library usage, short and similar questionnaires were handed out to students in both nations in the Autumn term 2007 and in the Spring term 2008. There were 93 respondents in Bergen and 100 in Brasov. The questionnaires had been developed in Romanian, translated into English and then into Norwegian. The study was designed to explore students
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