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Journal of Emerging Trends in Computing and Information Sciences >> Call for Papers Vol. 8 No. 3, March 2017

Journal of Emerging Trends in Computing and Information Sciences

The Role of Academic Librarians in Teaching Information Literacy Skills to Distance Students in Tertiary Institutions

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Author J.E.Onhwakpor
ISSN 2079-8407
On Pages 278-281
Volume No. 4
Issue No. 3
Issue Date April 01, 2013
Publishing Date April 01, 2013
Keywords Academic Librarians, Information literacy, Distance students


This paper examines the role of academic librarians in teaching information literacy skills programme for distance students in tertiary institutions. The advent of Information Communication Technology (ICTs) has transformed the way librarians acquire, store, retrieve and provide information to its client. The paper identifies the characteristics of distance students and the need for information literacy skills. The paper further examines the principles of teaching information literacy skills and methods of impacting information literacy skills. Based on this advent of ICT, there are challenges that academic librarians faces. The paper also entrained the challenges facing academic librarians in information literacy skills. For effective teaching of information literacy skills to part-time students, the paper recommends collaboration of faculty members and all stakeholders involved in distance education. The paper also recommends a survey of the level of information literacy skills among distance students and among academic librarians.

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