“How Librarian Involvement Improves Student Information Literacy”


The article linked below was recently published by the Nordic Journal of Information Literacy in Higher Education.


How Librarian Involvement Improves Student Information Literacy


Jessica Thorn
West University, Trollhättan, Sweden


Nordic Journal of Information Literacy in Higher Education
2022, vol. 13, number 1

DOI: 10.15845/noril.v13i1.3783


In 2017, 120 West University nursing students wrote a scientific report as a review. Only 30 students passed their first attempt and one of the gaps identified was in information literacy. In collaboration with the course coordinators, the liaison librarian modified the course design by adding new content as well as new assignments to create a boost for students who lack the required information literacy in Higher Education. The information literacy training module has been expanded to provide students with the skills needed to succeed and thus make them better equipped for further education, as well as lifelong learning. This best practice article reports on course development, focusing on library teaching. Moreover, it postulates that the principles of andragogy, the methods of student activation and the common effort to meet the students where they are, have improved their learning process and consequently their information culture. In 2020 and 2021, the number of students who passed the science report exam on the first try more than doubled. Thanks to the involvement of librarians, new pedagogical approaches and fruitful collaboration with course coordinators, the information literacy skills of these students seem to have improved.

direct to Full text article
9 pages; PDF.

See also: Full Table of Contents: Vol. 13 n° 1 (2022): Creation of knowledge X – Special issue

Filed under: Libraries, New

About Gary Price

Gary Price ([email protected]) is a librarian, writer, consultant and frequent speaker based in the Washington DC metro area. He received his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards, including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program Alumnus of the Year. From 2006 to 2009, he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy that supports enterprise product and business model teams with just-in-time fact finding and insight.


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