User information literacy: Case studies from university library programmes in the SCANUL-ECS region. Editors: Elizabeth Kiondo and jangawe Msuy

  • Janneke Mostert Senior Lecturer, Department of Library and Information Science, University of Zululand


Within a university environment a student who is not information-literate is at a distinct disadvantage,in not being able to determine his/her need for information and thus being unaware of how and where to get information. The availability of a library does not mean that such a student hasthe skills and ability to use the facility to solve information problems. User information literacy is currently one of the "buzz words" in the academic/information environment. This book provides a variety of definitions of Information Literacy (IL). In Chapter One, Msuya provides some definitions and comes to conclusions as to what the term encompasses.He, for example, states that the information-literate person should (I) understand the need for information; (2) know what information sources are available,how to find, evaluate, exploit and disseminate information, and how to manageit.


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