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Title:Information literacy programme at the University of Namibia
Author:Iilonga, Selma
Periodical:Journal for Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (ISSN 2026-7215)
Geographic term:Namibia
Subjects:information literacy
university libraries
Abstract:In 2010, a study was conducted at the University of Namibia to establish corrective measures towards the improvement of the information literacy (IL) programme offered by the library and to recommend ways in which information literacy can be better integrated into the curriculum. The information seeking behaviour among students was examined and the reasons why students do not attend IL training offered by the university library were identified, using self-administered questionnaires and focus group interviews. The main reasons for low turnout were: poor communication of information to students concerning the days of training and lack of awareness of the significance of IL training. It was also found that many students had adequate Internet skills, but lacked knowledge of particular websites and databases that were relevant to their studies. It was further observed that the training did not have a written curriculum. It was recommended that: 1. curriculum development must take place to meet the needs of different students; 2. training sessions must be better publicized; and 3. critical databases must be made available to students using pamphlets and wall posters. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]