Same, same but different: Higher Education, TAFE Libraries and Student Information Literacy Training

Paul Kloppenborg, Christine Ruddy

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In 2012, 12 TAFE institutes in Australia were accredited to deliver their own Higher Education (HE) qualifications. In Victoria, five TAFE institutes are part of this mixed sector. Their small but significant number of HE students is expected to grow in line with both Federal and State government agendas of increasing access to higher qualifications. TAFE institutes are traditionally associated with the delivery of lower AQF level courses. With a more competitive educational market and a push from institutes for greater HE accreditation of HE delivery, TAFE institutes, and especially the services that support their strategies, are re-aligning their educational strategy away from a traditional vocational orientation towards an applied HE focus.Libraries are key stakeholders in teaching and learning. A fundamental service of libraries is the provision of information literacy (IL) training. Within the mixed sector, TAFE libraries are prioritizing their services as institutes move toward the stronger academic learning context and pedagogy of HE. A fundamental question is what differences exist between vocationally based IL, relevant for example, to apprentices and certificate level students, and the emerging TAFE library HE IL training, now predicated on Bachelor and higher level qualifications. This paper will utilize a mixed method research approach to investigate the implications for HE TAFE libraries (mixed- sector) and librarians in transitioning to a new HE skill set and culture. Survey and interviews of HE TAFE liaison librarians will examine the effect of HE delivery on the IL training and practices. The research has implications for the role of librarians in TAFE, including vocational institutes now delivering HE. It raises issues about the nature of library services to different clients and how the principles of IL can be developed for specific student cohorts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication TAFE Australasian Library Conference
EditorsMelissa Hardman
Place of PublicationBrisbane
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventTAFE Australasian Library Conference - Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 21 Nov 201322 Nov 2013


ConferenceTAFE Australasian Library Conference

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