Lib pushes for information literacy

Lib pushes for information literacy

by Camille Diola on October 6, 2011 - 11:01 am

The University Library recently geared up for a series of projects to increase collaboration with the faculty and strengthen its role in the “formation of students” in an effort to promote information literacy and facilitate the quest for knowledge in the University.

Defined by the American College Library Association (ALA) as the ability “to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information,” information literacy has been today’s trend among libraries abroad, subject librarian Ms. Fevie Macasaet said.

The goal is to deeply “educate the students,” Ms. Macasaet added. While encouraging the University community “to use the library more,” they also hope to aid the learning process by teaching faculty members and students how to ascertain the quality of information they find, she said.

In relating the campaign’s thrusts to make library users to become truly information literate, Ms. Macasaet loosely quoted Lao Tzu’s famous adage, “Don’t give them fish, teach them how to fish.”

The library hopes to arrange a tutorial on using library search databases for faculty members this coming semestral break to facilitate their research work.

EBSCO-what?

The library introduced the campaign this year with a training session on using EBSCO Online Database for School of Education faculty, students, library staff, and librarians alike.

Faculty and staff listen to Mr. Joseph Halos of EBSCO Publishing conducting a tutorial geared toward information literacy.

Held in the Don Emilio Ejercito Library last August 17, the event was part of a series of seminars for the University community to enhance information literacy, described by ALA as a “survival skill in the Information Age.”

The hands-on tutorial, conducted by Mr. Joseph Halos, country manager of EBSCO Publishing, showed the participants how to efficiently search for accurate information in doing research.

Ms. Josephine Teves, program officer of the School of Education and Human Development, found the training “very helpful” especially in finding data for her studies under the Applied Business Economics Program.

“After the tutorials, I’ve learned to always consult EBSCO for my case studies,” Ms. Teves said.

She also shared that the library’s EBSCO database can also be beneficial for UA&P staff who might want to read on office administration guidelines, and to use the facility “as a source of knowledge.”

Ms. Macasaet said that resident librarians like herself, Mr. Reynaldo Aspera and Ms. Renée Bacay, may also offer one-on-one tutorials for anyone in the University interested to learn how to use the database for their research or academic work.

the EBSCO Database, which is also accessible outside the campus, primarily hosts numerous academic journals and books in paperless format.

Besides housing EBSCO Database, the University Library also offers the Gale Virtual Reference Library that hosts multiple encyclopedias.

Going digital

Another exciting upcoming project the Library plans to launch is the Ask the Librarian function in the Library’s website (library.uap.asia) which UA&P students, faculty and staff can access “wherever they are,” Ms. Macasaet said.

With this tool, library users can chat with any librarian online at the moment to send queries on their research projects and “get advice on locating data and analyses” among others, she said.

Though the project has not yet been fully implemented, plans such as this showing the Library’s full scale support for the University have been drawn up.

Graduate theses are also on their way to become digitized and searchable to make these small contributions to overall knowledge more accessible and tangible. #

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