ERIC Number: ED447835
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jul
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Developing IT Literacy Levels among Library Staff in a Networked Environment at the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS), Johannesburg, South Africa.
Wilcocks, Julie; Walker, Clare
This paper discusses the development of information technology (IT) literacy among library staff at the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa). The first section describes the networked environment in South Africa. The second section summarizes the IT background of library staff and perceptions of IT literacy among staff. The third section addresses IT training, including prerequisites for successful automation training and motivating staff. The fourth section covers IT literacy, including where knowledge is needed, areas of IT literacy required in the library, and gaps perceived in library IT literacy. The fifth section describes facilities for raising IT literacy levels, including external training (workshops, symposia, and conferences), the university's Computer Network Services department, the library's Education & Training department, the library's Computer Services department, and the ASK-US in-house listserv. The sixth section outlines specific approaches to improving IT literacy levels. The conclusion summarizes several points and strategies related to IT literacy and training. (MES)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Information Networks, Information Technology, Library Automation, Staff Development, Technological Literacy, Training
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