ERIC Number: ED472862
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
The Changing Face of Librarianship in Papua New Guinea: Libraries for Life in the Papua New Guinea Information Society?
Obi, Margaret J.
"Libraries for life" in Papua New Guinea today is not an impossible goal to strive for to achieve with today's new and old information and communication technologies. However, in order for this to happen, a number of questions will need to be asked. There are three that need immediate attention: (1) What is an "information society" and what is its significance for Papua New Guinea? (2) What is information literacy and its relevance for Papua New Guinea an information society? and (3) What is the role of women as information professionals participating in a democratic Papua New Guinea society? These three questions need to be answered to provide some understanding of whether or not libraries are used as a way of life in the Papua New Guinea society. Student assignments from two of the courses, which the author developed and has taught since 2000, are used as the main data for this paper. These courses are Information Society and Information Literacy, both originally developed as librarianship courses. Due to the rationalization program at the University of Papua New Guinea and the need by the Information and Communication Sciences Strand to attract student numbers, the content of both courses now caters to students in all disciplines within the main campus at Waigani. Course descriptions of the Information Literacy and Information Society courses are appended. Includes three tables. (Contains 13 references.) (Author/AEF)
Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Information Literacy, Information Science Education, Information Scientists, Library Education, Library Science
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Papua New Guinea