Information Literacy Skills Among Students of Higher Education Institutions With Special Reference to Tamil Nadu

Information Literacy Skills Among Students of Higher Education Institutions With Special Reference to Tamil Nadu

A. Alagu (Alagappa University, India) and S. Thanuskodi (Alagappa University, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-3559-2.ch003
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All academic institutions find rapid growth in computer networks and the use of computerized databases to access information in their libraries. Most academic libraries include hybrid libraries, which have e-library features and traditional library services. It is difficult to use electronic information resources effectively without training. Students need to obtain the skills to get information quickly and efficiently from electronic sources and become what is often referred to as information literate. The human being is blessed with a unique ability to create something from nothing. He creates, originates, innovates, generates, accumulates knowledge, produces works of art, and discovers the truth about the world he lives in. What sets the information age apart from prior periods in history is the label we put on these intellectual creations. These days the economy of nations depends upon buying and selling facts, ideas, knowledge. This chapter explores information literacy skills amongst higher education students.
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Boss and Angell (2015) in this Study entitled “The Amazing Library Race: tracking student engagement and learning comprehension in library orientations”. This study assesses this initiative’s success using observational and artifact-based data, addressing the challenging prospect of evaluating the impact of library orientation session’stwo separate rubrics were developed, formed, and applied to the ALR; the first was used to standardize observations of student engagement, and the second to improve grading consistency of the student answer sheets. A draft of each rubric was collaboratively developed among the raters, and two rounds of norming were conducted to ensure a more unified application of each rubric. The study found that the fact that all students had at least two teammates to help them played no small role in their successful completion of the activities. Observations by all three researchers yielded reports of an intensive student collaboration; students doing not participate were very much an exception rather than the norm. These are two factors valuable in any classroom, but it is especially important to cultivate them among students new to both academic libraries and higher education.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Soft Skills: Soft skills are a set of skills that influence how we interact with each other. It is a set of abilities such as effective communication, problem-solving, creativity, analytical thinking, team building and maintaining good relations with colleagues and users of libraries.

Higher Education: Higher education is tertiary education leading to award of an academic degree. Higher education, also called post-secondary education, third-level or tertiary education, is an optional final stage of formal learning that occurs after completion of secondary education.

Information Literacy: Information literacy is a set of skills that allows us to locate, evaluate and use effectively the information that we need. IL skills are essential tools that help us successfully plan for the present and future scenario of information.

ICT: Information and communications technology (ICT) is an extensional term for information technology (IT) that stresses the role of unified communications and the integration of telecommunications (telephone lines and wireless signals) and computers, as well as necessary enterprise software, middleware, storage, and audio-visual systems, that enable users to access, store, transmit, and manipulate information.

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