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    The Changing role of the Academic Library in Learning and Teaching

    Fallon, Helen and Breen, Ellen (2012) The Changing role of the Academic Library in Learning and Teaching. In: Emerging Issues II. National Academy for Integration of Research & Teaching & Learning, pp. 141-152.

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    This chapter explores the emerging role of acad emic librarians in the learning and teaching process through their involvement with teaching staff in the development of student information literacy skills. Information literacy – that is, the ability to find, evaluate and use information effectively – is a key component of university students’ learning experience. It also equips students with skills for the workplace and lifelong learning: It could be argued that the skill of th e twenty first century graduate will be to articulate the right questions and to und erstand where and how they can search for knowledge, not remember the answers (Donnelly and Fitzmaurice, 2005, p. 96). The chapter provides a brief overview of the institutional and learning background against which contemporary information literacy deve lopment takes place. This background is characterised by a changing context for the operation of academic libraries; a changing higher education environment; a changing information environment; and a changing user. The chapter goes on to provide some formal de finitions of information literacy, developed by library-related bodies. These are followed by some working understandings of the term, derived from responses given by several academic developers and lecturers to the question, “What does information literacy mean to you? ” Finally, the chapter discusses the role of information literacy in higher education and the key role librarians play in information literacy development.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Keywords: information skills, information literacy, academic libraries;
    Academic Unit: University Library
    Item ID: 4453
    Depositing User: Helen Fallon
    Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2013 14:34
    Publisher: National Academy for Integration of Research & Teaching & Learning
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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