Librarians say information literacy is important, they don’t have the tools to teach it
Almost all librarians (97%) say information literacy contributes to workforce success, and more than four in five (83%) say it affects rates, according to a new survey from ProQuest. graduation from college, yet 44% said their library does not support the information. literacy as much as it should.
The survey interviewed more than 200 librarians from universities, community colleges, high schools and public libraries. Other main findings include:
- Only 21 percent of librarians said their users recognize the effect of information literacy on lifelong success. Thirty-four percent said their users didn’t and 33 percent said they weren’t sure;
- 91 percent of those surveyed said they relied on one-on-one consultations to strengthen their literacy skills;
- General research skills courses and research skills courses for specific projects were the second most common way for survey librarians to strengthen information literacy, at 69% and 64%, respectively ;
- Only one in four librarians surveyed said their library meets the information literacy needs of their users as much as they should;
- 77% said they promote a specific information literacy platform to users;
- 60 percent of those polled told researchers that their library’s reference collection did not play a big role in teaching information literacy, with only 26 percent saying it did; and
- 42 percent of those surveyed said they had no formal tool to assess users’ information literacy, while 29 percent said they offered an informal assessment.
“While a number of respondents believe that implementing or improving assessment tools could enable their libraries to better meet the information literacy education needs of users, individuals respondents already have a number of other ideas on how to achieve this, ”according to a report on the survey. results. “On the one hand, many librarians believe that better integration of Information Literacy within and between existing programs would strengthen the information literacy skills of their users. Likewise, many respondents believe that the answer lies in working more closely with teachers and others in educating them about the importance of mastering the information and resources offered by the library, and encouraging them to include more research-based projects in their courses.
“Overall, the lack of budget and limited staff were reported as the biggest obstacles to doing whatever they would like to stimulate the development of this important skill set,” said Kevin Stehr, vice president of ProQuest’s North American sales, in a prepared statement report. “But I think that answer sums it up best: ‘We do our best, but we always aspire to do more.'”
To view the full report, visit the ProQuest website.
Joshua Bolkan is editor-in-chief of Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be contacted at [email protected].