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Information Literacy Instruction: An Overview of Research and Professional Development in Pakistan

  • Kanwal AmeenEmail author
  • Midrar Ullah
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 676)

Abstract

This paper aims to present an overview of information literacy (IL) instruction in Pakistan from the following perspectives: research literature produced; IL instruction as a credit course at LIS schools; and continuing professional development (CPD) activities for information professionals. This study was based on a review of the literature on IL, a survey of LIS schools, searching through the electronic messages archives of the professional groups, and exchange of information with peers. The findings revealed that 13 research papers were published on IL from Pakistan. Out of 12 LIS schools, four offered a 3-credit hour course on IL instruction at the Masters level. Continuing professional development opportunities were limited in Pakistan. A few university libraries just started formal IL programs. We recommended that IL be included in the curriculum at all LIS schools. Research studies on different aspects of IL must be conducted. LIS schools and associations must prepare the professionals to run IL instruction programs.

Keywords

Information literacy Information literacy education Information literacy research Pakistan 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Information ManagementUniversity of the PunjabLahorePakistan
  2. 2.School of Social Sciences and HumanitiesNational University of Sciences and TechnologyIslamabadPakistan

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