Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Information Research

The new issue of nformation Research (vol 12 no 4) has just been published at
It provides Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Conceptions of Library and Information Science. Of particular interest is the paper by Sheila Corrall "Benchmarking strategic engagement with information literacy in higher education: towards a working model" which aimed to investigate "strategic engagement with this concept in higher education and to explore the development of indicators to evaluate an institution's level of engagement.... A survey of UK universities (n=114) was conducted to identify evidence of strategic commitment to information literacy. .... The survey found information literacy was well represented in institutional strategies for information, student skills, and learning and teaching, but less evident in graduate attributes and research strategy documents. There were striking differences in the levels of engagement and the quality of strategy statements. The findings were used to define indicators of commitment and to develop an evaluation framework comprising a matrix tool and visual model. " There are also papers on blogging and on other aspects of information behaviour.
Photo by Sheila Webber: Tree in the Retiro, Madrid, October 2007.

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