The use of electronic information services and information literacy: a Glasgow Caledonian University study

John Crawford

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Abstract

The study was undertaken as part of the LIRG/SCONUL Value and Impact study and sought to establish direct evidence of the impact of electronic information services (EIS) on Glasgow Caledonian University students, both past and present. Evidence of the spread of information literacy among students and alumni was also sought. An electronic questionnaire was administered to current students and a traditional paper questionnaire was sent to alumni using the University's alumni database as a sampling frame. The outcomes from both questionnaires were used to create a longitudinal picture and establish key indicators. It was found that respondents broadly understood the concept of information literacy although this was much more marked among alumni as a result of the experience of work. The relationship of work activity to information literacy was found to be central and alumni felt that an understanding of information literacy gave them a distinct advantage in job finding and seeking promotion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-44
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Librarianship and Information Science
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2006

Keywords

  • ICT skills
  • information literacy
  • education

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