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ERIC Number: EJ813728
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0004-9670
Workplace Information Literacy for Administrative Staff in Higher Education
Hepworth, Mark; Smith, Marian
Australian Library Journal, v57 n3 p212-236 Aug 2008
A joint project carried out by Leeds University and Loughborough University, funded by JISC, studied the information literacy of non academic staff in higher education. The in-depth, qualitative study deployed an information audit, interviews and focus groups with eleven staff in the Finance and Research Departments at Loughborough University. The information literacy needs of staff were compared with the JISC i-skills model. The hierarchical and collaborative nature of the workplace meant that people's experience of information literacy in the workplace was more fragmented than in the academic context. Common labels could be used to describe information literacy in the different contexts but more emphasis was placed on data, internal information and information from other people in the workplace. Time had an impact on information literacy. Social networking skills were recognised as key information literacy skills. The need for staff to know how to organise information and develop information policies was identified. (Contains 1 figure and 1 footnote.) [This project was funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom