The role of librarians in information literacy instruction and student learning and development: Perceptions of Australian regional university librarians

Annette Goodwin

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Abstract

University students and staff are faced with ever increasing amounts of information and this abundance of information can at times make it difficult to identify what is relevant and hence important for a person. University libraries strive not only to provide relevant information to clients, but also educate them through information literacy instruction in making the best of the available information sources. A vast body of literature exists focusing on the impact of information literacy instruction on student learning and development. However, librarians’ perceptions of their roles in this area are not investigated, particularly in the Australian context. This study sets out to explore the perceptions of six Australian academic librarians, their role in information literacy instruction and its contribution to student learning and development. Librarians felt that their role supported students’ information literacy and lifelong learning skills development and contributed to their success in their learning and studies. This educative role of librarians supported the broader function of the university, but in doing so, they faced challenges in delivering effective information literacy instruction. The librarians also proposed solutions to these challenges. These solutions outlined ways in which librarians’ information literacy instruction can be better supported by the institution and academics they work with. This study contributes to the existing body of information literacy research by providing (a) an understanding of the challenges librarians face when delivering information literacy instruction and through (b) highlighting a unique viewpoint outlining the valuable contribution Australian regional academic librarians make to students, academics, and their institutions of higher learning.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Charles Sturt University
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Afzal, Waseem, Principal Supervisor
Award date02 Dec 2022
Place of PublicationAustralia
Publisher
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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