Information resources for the Schools of Information Sciences in Latin America

Johnson, Ian M. Information resources for the Schools of Information Sciences in Latin America., 2008 . In VIII Encuentro de EDIBCIC, Mexico City (Mexico), 12-14 November 2008. (Unpublished) [Conference paper]

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This paper considers the pressures for changes in Higher Education that have resulted form the emergence of a global ‘Knowledge Society’, and particularly as a result of increased interaction with employers. It notes the need to ensure the currency of students’ knowledge of professional practice, and to develop their personal thinking skills. This makes demands on university teachers to use scientific and scholarly journals to update their knowledge and to develop the students’ critical thinking through a wide range of independent reading. Currently, there appears to be little use of Portuguese and Spanish language journals in teaching in Librarianship and Information Studies, in part as a result of the irregular publication and poor distribution of printed journals. Studies undertaken with the support of the European Commission’s ALFA programme and UNESCO have pointed to the importance of journals in raising awareness of new developments. The emergence of electronic publishing may have begun to change publishing practices in Latin America, and a wide range of journals are now freely available online. The potential for using these to change teaching practices offers the opportunity for teachers of Librarianship and Information Studies to demonstrate best practice to other academic disciplines, and for graduates from their courses to become effective advocates for Information Literacy in any institutional setting.

Item type: Conference paper
Keywords: Education for librarianship; electronic publishing; repositories; research; information literacy
Subjects: B. Information use and sociology of information > BZ. None of these, but in this section.
Depositing user: Professor Ian M. Johnson
Date deposited: 14 Sep 2011
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:20


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