Welcome to Day 2: we have already enjoyed a very active discussion (Topic 1) about conceptions of Information Literacy and now move to exploring the role of information literacy in developing the skills of the young researcher or an effective employee, including:
–how to make the critical link between IL and building research capacity
–sharing approaches and strategies for mitigating challenges
–raising awareness and communicating the value of IL in organisations
What role does IL play in developing the skills of the young researcher or an effective employee? We need to discuss how to make the critical link between IL and building research capacity; this involves sharing approaches and strategies for mitigating challenges, by raising awareness and communicating the value of IL in your organisations.
There can be little doubt that the link between the “information use” space and the “professional” space that forms our community of practice has changed considerably over the course of the last thirty years.
One principal factor of change, which I call “Structural”, is that the classical model of learning how to do research is to become apprenticed to those who are already thoroughly familiar with the field of study, active users of research methods and discerning critics of ideas. This model has been largely displaced because the massification of higher education, in particular, and the consequent inability of teachers, tutors, supervisors, librarians and information specialists to provide in-depth supervision, makes the original model uneconomic.
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Link between IL and research skills