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Information Literacy in the Czech Republic: A Territory for Theory, Practice and Co-operation

  • Hana Landová
  • Ludmila Tichá
  • Lenka Bělohoubková
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 397)

Abstract

The Information Education and Information Literacy Working Group – IVIG, part of the Association of Libraries of Czech Universities – ALCU has been active in this area since 2000. Its activities cover the introduction of conceptual and theoretical documents, including terminology and definitions, as well as the preparation of teaching materials, the organization of workshops and sharing good practices. Co-operation with the IL key actors within and outside of the Czech Republic has become an essential part of IVIG’s work. At the beginning, there was a crucial task to develop a relevant Czech terminology related to information literacy issues. The term information education became a part of the discussion and was lately established as a unified term for the activities leading to IL development. Simultaneously, the work on the IL definition was initiated. The final set of requirements has become a basis for creating the Information Literacy Standards of a University Student in the Czech Republic. Starting in 2000, six questionnaire surveys were carried out in order to map the development of activities in information education at the public universities in the Czech Republic. In 2008, the IVIG working group published a crucial strategic document – Information Education Strategy at Universities in the Czech Republic.

Keywords

Information literacy Czech Republic information literacy policy higher education professional organization 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hana Landová
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ludmila Tichá
    • 3
  • Lenka Bělohoubková
    • 4
  1. 1.Study and Information CenterCzech University of Life Sciences in PragueCzech Republic
  2. 2.Faculty of Arts, Inst. of Information Studies and LibrarianshipCharles University in PraguePragueCzech Republic
  3. 3.Central LibraryCzech Technical University in PraguePragueCzech Republic
  4. 4.Center of Information and Library ServicesUniversity of Economics in PraguePragueCzech Republic

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