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Information Literacy Programmes Conducted by the Universities in Sri Lanka

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Prasanna Ranaweera

Senior Lecturer, National Institute of Library and Information Sciences (NILIS), University of Colombo, LK
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Information literacy has been defined as gaining the necessary skills required to access, process and present information for learning, research, problem solving and career development. The information literacy concept spreads across a vast span from user education programmes to knowledge extension or wisdom achievement. Mainly, information literacy skills are based on library skills and information technology skills. This paper discusses the value of information literacy programmes conducted by the universities in Sri Lanka in order to achieve the higher level of learning in the university sector; with special reference to Sri Lankan universities, with the focus on Outcome Space. The outcome space information literacy framework runs through Information sources, Information Technology, Information Control, Information Processing, Knowledge construction, Knowledge Extension and Wisdom as explained by Christine Bruce. Further the paper elucidates the information literacy initiatives commenced by the libraries of the University of Colombo, University of Kelaniya, University of Moratuwa, University of Sri Jayewardenapura and National Institute of Library and Information Sciences (NILIS). The survey results reveal that the information literacy programmes initiated by the university libraries and the Institute, range from user orientation to the credit based programmes. All the university libraries that were chosen for this study had commenced some sort of information literacy programme. But most of the programmes are at the lower level of the outcome space. Two university libraries and the Institute had made an attempt to initiate outcome space information literacy programmes.

Keywords: Information Literacy; Information skills; University Education; University Libraries

doi: 10.4038/jula.v14i1.2688

Journal of the University Librarians Association of Sri Lanka. Vol.14 (Issue 1). 2010 61-75

How to Cite: Ranaweera, P., (2010). Information Literacy Programmes Conducted by the Universities in Sri Lanka. Journal of the University Librarians Association of Sri Lanka. 14(1), pp.61–75. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jula.v14i1.2688
Published on 15 Dec 2010.
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