Die rol van die akademiese biblioteek rakende inligtinggeletterdheid van eesrtejaarstudente aan die Noordwes-Universiteit se Vaaldriehoekkampus
Author(s)Esterhuizen, Martha Louisa
Higher education institutions
Information literacy module
University of North-West (South Africa)
Information literacy -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- South Africa -- Vaal triangle
Library orientation for college students -- South Africa -- Vaal triangle
Academic libraries -- South Africa -- Vaal Triangle
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AbstractInformation literacy is a skill and forms the basis for life-long learning. The aim of this study is to investigate the information literacy skills of first year students at the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU), with specific reference to the role of the academic library.
The NWU‟s Vaal Triangle Campus Library supports first-year students in their studies by helping them to improve their information skills and teach them to find, evaluate and organise information in different formats. The purpose of this is to help first-year students to find relevant information that meet their information requirements. Students who are information literate not only have the necessary skills; but also have insight, comprehension, and knowledge at their disposal, while being life-long learners.
A compulsory literacy module forms part of the curriculum for first-year students at the NWU‟s Vaal Triangle Campus, and is presented by academic staff. The credit-earning module (known as AGLE 121) consists of three components, namely computer and information literacy, reading literacy, and academic literacy. This study focuses on the module for basic information literacy, which is mainly of a theoretical nature. First year students were tested by questionnaires and interviews before and after completion of the information literacy module, to determine what contribution the module makes to their information literacy.
This studyconcluded that after completing the information literacy module, first-year students have the theoretical knowledge at their disposal, but still do not know where to find databases or information. The role of the campus library regarding information literacy is to expand and improve students‟ information skills as well as being involved in the planning and development of the information literacy module. A recommendation is made that the information literacy module should already be offered during the first semester (instead of the second semester), so that students can use their information skills effectively for their studies.
M. (Information Science)
Esterhuizen, Martha Louisa (2015) Die rol van die akademiese bilbioteek rakende inligtinggeletterdheid van eesrtejaarstudente aan die Noordwes-Universiteit se Vaaldirehoekkampus, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <http://hdl.handle.net/10500/19696>