Association Between Information Literacy and Growth of Scientific Literature

Association Between Information Literacy and Growth of Scientific Literature

P. Saravanan (Lekshmipuram College of Arts and Science, India)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3457-0.ch001


The present chapter analyses the information literacy of the faculty members and also the relationship between information literacy and growth of literature. The survey was conducted among the faculty members of both Engineering and Arts & Science Colleges in Tamil Nadu. The study revealed that the majority of the faculty members have information literacy at average level. Academic productivity is more among the members of the faculty of Arts and Science Colleges than Engineering Colleges. Academic productivity shows information literacy significantly contributes to the growth of literature in their respective field. The comparison of information literacy among the faculty members shows that they differ significantly on information literacy based on age, type of college and familiarity of computer; and do not differ significantly based on gender, locality, experience, discipline and familiarity of internet.
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Generally, the library and information centre is an integral part of the higher educational institution, which satisfies the information requirements of the academic community consisting of students, teachers and scholars. It acts as a hub of the teaching and learning activities where students, teachers and researchers interact with print and non-print materials to fulfil their day-to-day information requirements. In the traditional library of print sources, the concept of information searching becomes more tedious and users have to spend more time, energy when compared to latest emerging technology of online sources. Advancements in Information Communication Technology (ICT) based technology and its implications to the library made the information search become more complex. The information search can be made easy through information literacy programmes which in turn help to enhance the academic productivity of end users.

The impact of ICT in the information age is rightly pointed out by Swain & Panda (2009) as

…the rapid advancement of information and communication technology has brought a revolutionary change in the information scenario giving rise to a number of options to handle varied information sources conveniently and effortlessly as a result of which e-resources have become the most sought after modern library’s reserves in satisfying varied needs of students, teachers, and researchers with minimum risk and time.

The impact of technologies such as CD-ROMs, multimedia, computer networks, Internet etc., have lead library into a paperless library. Changes in technology have dramatically altered how information is accessed, stored, preserved and disseminated. Now-a-days, the word e is associated not only with library resources such as e-resources but also with every field. In this context, the effective retrieval of information by the academic community depends on their information literacy on e-resources.


Review Of Literature

Literature review is concerned with the survey of a particular work or work published in a particular field or topic. Some of the studies related to information literacy are briefly presented here.

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