Sunday, May 11, 2008

Information literacy in an Indian city

UNESCO has published Information Literacy Competency and Readership Study of Five Specific Localities in Urban, Industrial and Semi-Urban Areas of Kolkata Metropolitan City. This reports on a study carried out by the Department of Library and Information Science, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India, in association with UNESCO. "The study sought to identify and critically examine the information literary competency and reading habits of mixed habitants, having contrasting professions or vocations. ... The report concludes that the number of men who do not read regularly far exceeds the number of women in the same category, and that women are more prone to use libraries for satisfaction of their reading needs. Among the non-print media, television attracted most respondents. The study also demonstrated that, despite the electronic media boom, reading still survives." For the report go to

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