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Title: Information Literacy for Sustainable Advancement: Malaysian Experience
Authors: Chin, Loy Jyoon
Yazid Ibrahim
Issue Date: 13-Jun-2015
Publisher: The Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians (CONSAL)
Abstract: In this era of globalization and the advent of the Internet, getting information is easy but getting the right information can be difficult. Technology is changing how we live, learn, work and govern. Thus, libraries and librarians have a key role to play in helping our communities become information literate. Information literacy means more than being able to read or use a computer. It means knowing how to find, evaluate, and use the best, most current information available to us and use it in our everyday life. In this context, the National Library of Malaysia with the funding from UNESCO has developed a National Media and Information Literacy Module in 2011 to bridge the information literacy gap. This module consists of three levels, that is basic, intermediate and advanced level and is conducted through community outreach programmes. To date, more than 100 information literacy workshops have been conducted and more than 8,000 people throughout Malaysia have been trained on information searching skills to improve their quality of life The target group includes school children, university and college students, villagers, civil servants, professionals, school library teachers, people with special needs and others regardless of their social and educational background. The effectiveness of the information literacy workshop is rated by conducting an information literacy skill test on the participants before and after the workshop. The results showed that the participants were able to search, access and information with the right tools and techniques after the workshop. Thus, although the ability to read is still a basic survival, it is no longer enough. Information literacy skill is now a critical life skill in today’s information explosion. Libraries and librarians have an increasingly important role to play in building information literate communities for sustainable advancement.
Description: This paper was presented at the Conference CONSAL XVI held from 11-13 June 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand.
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